30 Aug 2006
Leaders for a Lifetime
Seven Stages of a Leader
I. Phase One — Character and Personality Development - This is BC
A. Need nurturing home environment, good parents, and siblings. However, God is unlimited in His power to take bad situations and circumstances and turn them into great training grounds.
B. What happens here lasts a lifetime. Ongoing development This is were your basic personality is formed, and where much character development occurs. Remeber George Washington "I Cannot tell a lie."
C. Fatherhood of God discovered
II. Phase Two — Discipleship in Christ
A. Salvation — Lordship of Jesus
B. Foundational Truths, Hebrews 6
C. This stage is often skipped and premature appointments and responsibility.
D. Mentorship — relationships develop with moms and dads in the Lord and peers. Should last a lifetime.
III. Phase Three — Discovery of Call
A. This is a life-changing experience.
B. Oftern accompanied with great eagerness or great fear— hard to be patient or obedient. Example...Peter walking on water.... Jonah refuseing to go to Niniveh
C. Again, premature appointment. Patience here. This is where you need those mentors and family members to encourage and pace you.
IV. Phase Four — Development of Gifts
A. Preaching, music, exhortations, gifts of Spirit, administration —variety, plural, children, teams
B. Again premature appointments happen here.
C. What you need is short-term assignments
D. You can be stuck here. Internships
E. Usually, some ministry position is made available here. Great risk of wrong moves. Motivated by gift rather than call. Premature specialization danger.
V. Phase Five — Ministry Implementation / General Practice
A. Can have several, two, or three assignments during this period. Several years each.
B. A lot of leaders never move past this stage. They enter a comfort zone.
C. There is a high level of proficiency here.
D. You can raise a family and build a future in this realm. Full-time ministry
E. You reach back and use everything you have learned and become in other stages.
VI. Phase Six — Specialization
A. Move from general practice to specialization.
B. This is where your true call is fulfilled.
C. Let go to lay hold.
D. Team ministry becomes essential.
E. Very few people reach this level.
F. This is where you are the most productive.
G. The goal is to spend the greatest part of your ministry life here. – Draw Zone Centralized. People come to you.
VII. Phase Seven — Rest, Looking Back, Passing Baton
A. You have run your race.
B. Your time is now devoted to help next generation run theirs.
C. Baton pass to true sons and daughters.
D. Looking back over what has been done, and it is good.
I have run my race. Finished my course. There is laid up for me a crown.