The Faith Factor in Spiritual Leadership by Pastor Les
The Faith Factor in Spiritual Leadership
By Pastor Les
Faith is the distinctive factor in spiritual leadership. Along with: clarifying & casting vision, living the mission, managing objectives & goals, analyzing & evaluating, measuring progress with metrics, coaching & supervising, and discerning the transformational stories to reveal what is truly happening– thereis the God factor which makes everything possible and worthy.
Servant leaders lead by being dependent on God’s provision and timing. That means we are responsible to work the mission while and let God determine the outcome. We shape but we don’t control. Spiritual leaders trust God to do what only God can do so we can do what we He has called us to do. Our timetables ultimately belong to God. Between the vision and desired outcome lies a long obedience in God’s direction when we don’t know for sure how it is all going to come together.
There are days we can see tangible results that confirm our progress and there are times when – we wonder, we believe, we hope, we trust, we work, we urge – without knowing all of the how’s and when’s. During these stretches we are stretched beyond our natural limits. We are forged & fashioned by the pressures of possible failure, while maintaining belief in a success not yet realized.
Then it happens. God acts in a confirming way. The hoped foroutcome is more than realized. And in the process we ourselves are transformed. By turning our fear into faith and our faith into faithfulness, God’s mission is strengthened. His hopes are fulfilled. And we fall to our knees in gratitude – relieved & renewed by God’s mercies. Through these OMG leadership stretches, God grows us – preparing us for our next challenge.
This is the unchangeable nature of spiritual leadership. The Spirit whispers into our souls today what He whispered into the lives of those in the Bible’s Hall of Fame, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of thing not seen…Because without faith it is impossible to please God.” (Hebrews 11:1, 6a)