Did you know that rainforests make up 6% of the land on the earth but account for more than 50% of the animal and plant life? Why is that? Because the environment of the rainforest makes growing and surviving easier than it is in the desert or the tundra.
The right environment is so essential to our spiritual growth. If we get in the wrong environment it can quite literally kill us. God has given us the Church to provide the right environment for us to grow. And to make sure the local church is the right environment God Provide Leadership for that church family.
11 And it is he who gifted some to be apostles, others to be prophets, others to be evangelists, and still others to be pastors and teachers, 12 to perfect the saints, to do the work of ministry, and to build up the body of Christ 13 until all of us are united in the faith and in the full knowledge of God's Son, (Ephesians 4:11-13a; ISV).
On a football team the coach provides leadership. This leadership is seen in giving the team a sense of direction, goals to achieve, and a game plan to execute. Because of this unity exists and the members of the team understand what their responsibilities are.
Not only does God send people to the Church to equip people for service, but He also sends people to the Church to provide leadership. For unity to exist and for the right environment for growth to develop in the Church then those members need to have a common sense of purpose. Good leadership is able to communicate to people a vision, to help fit people in the right places to accomplish that vision, and give them the tools and resources they need to accomplish that vision.
The leaders God sends are to foster unity and bring people to a broader understanding of God and His will for the church. I think that we have had many great preacher and teachers in the Church over the years, but we have lacked great leadership. A great leader is able to put his or her agenda behind them and lead according to God’s will, even if that means offending people. Sometimes the best way for unity to be achieved is knowing which people need to leave.
Another aspect of great Christian leadership is continually pointing people to Jesus. Giving people a knowledge of who Jesus is and how He wants us to live will help foster unity and excitement in any church family.
I know that we all know of church families that are not the right environment to grow. The majority of the time I think it is due to a lack a good leadership. Corrupt and/or immature leaders will not have what it takes to nurture the right type of environment that is ideal for people’s spiritual growth.
A Christian leader needs to strive for unity and give people a better understanding of Jesus.
- Point to Ponder: Good leadership is essential in producing the right environment for spiritual growth.
- Passage to Remember: Ephesians 4:11-13a
- Question to Consider: Why is good leadership so vital for growth?