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Grace Moments Devotions - July 8, 2018

  • 2018 Jul 08

Leaders give first
Pastor Mark Jeske

There is nothing, nothing, that can kill an organization faster than poor leadership. Similarly there is nothing more important to the health and growth of an organization and its mission than good leadership.
Leaders imagine a different future, and they live in that new mental space. They articulate a vision of something bigger and better. Leaders lead. They go first. They do not stand in the back and wait for others to sacrifice and take risks. This is equally true of Christian congregations as it is of community service nonprofits. In a capital campaign, for instance, good leaders will not only work to craft a great plan; they will step up and make their own financial commitments first.

King David’s pre-construction planning and organization for the building of the first temple in Jerusalem was a great success. You know why? He went first, with lavish contributions of his personal wealth. And: “Then the leaders of families, the officers of the tribes of Israel, the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds, and the officials in charge of the king’s work gave willingly. The people rejoiced at the willing response of their leaders, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the Lord” (1 Chronicles 29:6,9).

Good leaders release energy for service among those who follow. Good leaders release generosity in those who follow by their own personal commitments.

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