I just read a fantastic book this past weekend called Leaders Who Last by Dave Kraft. In this work he states that only 30% of Christian leaders actually finish well, and as such he writes to remedy this serious issue. Kraft is worthy of writing this book, having served 38 years with the Navigators training leaders, and now doing the same at Mars Hill Church in Seattle. There are a number of great insights, some of which I will share in the next few days, but I thought this quote was worth pondering.
“The greatest and most pressing need in the body of Christ today is an army of leaders who have a vision of a desired future and are called and anointed by God. These leaders possess a fire burning in their hearts that can’t be extinguished. They are motivated and led by God to intentionally, passionately, and effectively influence others.” (24)
This is an incredible statement and one that is difficult to deny. If we desire to see our ministries go further, we need to be godly leaders who aspire to train up others to be Kingdom leaders as well (cf. 2 Tim. 2:2). We need leaders who are called and anointed by God, who are passionate for the things of God, and seek to direct others toward holiness and mission. This statement really set me to thinking, and my hope is that I will be such a leader and will aspire to train others for Kingdom work in effective ways. May God multiply a movement of godly leadership for His glory.