The Essentials of Leadership (and everything else)

As I stated in my previous post I read through Dave Kraft’s book Leaders Who Last, a work dedicated to seeing Christian leaders go the long haul and not burn out in whatever position they may find themselves in. In the first section Kraft talks about the leader’s power (abiding in Jesus Christ), purpose (a succinct statement that gives you laser focus in your life), passion (it’s contagious, you better get some), priorities (what’s best next), and pacing (can you last at your current output; what are you doing to recharge).

The second section of this book goes over the leader’s calling, gifts, character, and growth. Each of these are foundational elements to lead others in any capacity. The final section goes over vision, influence, and legacy, which are the key ingredients to leadership. Again, I would commend this book to you and say it is extremely worthwhile to go over.

Corresponding to this for the last few days I have been working through the book of Acts in my time with the Lord in the morning. While not revolutionary, it seems very apparent that the key elements to the work of the early church included the Word of God, prayer, and the Holy Spirit. In the first 12 chapters of Acts (as well as the rest of the book, this is just what I have read the last few days) we see the Word of God continue to spread, prayers being made in the midst of persecution and serious ministry, and the Spirit filling believers and directing them in ministry endeavors. These are the weapons of godly leaders and communicators, without them we have absolutely no power and no content. Be a lifelong learner, read key books, listen to podcasts, talk to great leaders and spiritual giants, but never forget that the primary weapons of our arsenal consist of Scripture, prayer, and the Spirit.

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About jeremykimble

Currently I am husband to a wonderful, godly wife, father of two beautiful children, associate director of the Youth Ministry Institute, PhD student in theology, and online instructor at Liberty University and Taylor University. I am a disciple of Jesus Christ who earnestly desires to glorify God, engage in a lifestyle of worship, ruthlessly kill sin, and participate in God's mission to all peoples.
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