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|Posted on November 18, 2011 at 5:19 PM|
There are several challenges that leaders in a Church face. I firmly believe that all challenges come to make us grow and conform us to the image of Christ; therefore challenges are to be appreciated. The first challenge that I will deal with is:
(1) Inconsistency of those whom you are leading.
We in the Church are in the people business and people are for the most part "Unpredictable." This unpredictability leads to inconsistency, which can lead to frustration on the leaders part. So how do you deal with the inconsistent follower and not become frustrated? We must look at Jesus and the people that followed Him in the Bible. When Jesus called his disciples to follow him, these men/women were not fully developed. Although most of them knew the law and was familiar with "Religion" they still were not where Jesus was trying to get them to be. In Matthew 5:48, Jesus sets the bench mark for all of His followers. He says "Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect." He knew that they were flawed, but still He gave them the correction along with the instruction to get them to the point of "Perfection." In order for leaders to not get frustrated with the inconsistent follower, you must know where they are spiritually, preach and teach the Word, set the benchmark of expectations, enforce the standard and then leave the rest up to the Spirit.
The other challenge that leaders deal with is:
(2)The rebellious follower. The one who says that I am going to do what I want to do, no matter what you say.
We are not unique in what we deal with; even our Heavenly Father had these same kind of followers. In 1 Samuel 15:23, we read Samuel telling King Saul that "For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king." Saul took on the same attitude that many of our followers have, and with this attitude came rejection from the Lord. People who operate with this spirit do not need to be in leadership, and will ultimately miss out on the fullness of God. Our responsibility as a leaders is to deliver the Word and allow it to work like 2 Timothy 3:16 says. Again, in order for leaders to not get frustrated with the rebellious follower, we must know where they are spiritually, preach and teach the Word, set the benchmark of expectations, enforce the standard and then leave the rest up to the Spirit.