Tuesday, June 22, 2021 2:12 PM

Exalted Humility: The Mark of the Ultimate Leader

Tuesday, June 22, 2021 2:12 PM
Tuesday, June 22, 2021 2:12 PM

Exalted Humility: The Mark of the Ultimate Leader

By Bill Lawrence

President of Leader Formation International

Philippians 2:5-11

1. To be Christ’s kind of leader we must become followers, something few of us do naturally.

Few of us realize that Jesus was the ultimate follower.  We may know this theologically because the Bible speaks on many occasions that He submitted Himself to the Father, especially in the Garden when He accepts the cross when He would rather not be crucified

Read More
Monday, May 24, 2021 2:30 PM

Getting Started

Monday, May 24, 2021 2:30 PM
Monday, May 24, 2021 2:30 PM

 

by Bill Lawrence, President Leader Formation International

Answer these Questions

What overwhelming situations do you face that you cannot overcome and that your followers know you cannot overcome but that Jesus can through your leadership if you trust Him?

How can you attract the kind of followers you must have to move forward in the vision you want to accomplish? Consider how Jesus attracted His followers through His teaching.

How soon can you implement the plan you have in view to get started with your aims?

 

Read More
Thursday, May 13, 2021 3:09 PM

Resurrection Leadership

Thursday, May 13, 2021 3:09 PM
Thursday, May 13, 2021 3:09 PM

How do you think the disciples felt when Jesus told them to feed 5,000 men plus women and children with virtually nothing?  How would you feel as a leader if He gave you this kind of a task?

What could they have thought when everything they had was five loaves and two fish? A boy’s lunch—that’s what it was. And that’s all Jesus had in that isolated location on the Sea of Galilee. He only had that because He sent His men on a search through the 5,000 looking for anything they could find, and they knew it was all they had a chance to find when they searched. Everyone who was there knew it.  What was Jesus doing?

 

 

 

 

Read More
Thursday, April 29, 2021 11:59 PM

Every Leader Needs a Leader

Thursday, April 29, 2021 11:59 PM
Thursday, April 29, 2021 11:59 PM

Every leader needs a leader.

by Bill Lawrence, President of Leader Formation International

We frequently speak of the leader’s leader, of the reality that every leader needs a leader, even though many never admit it. Frequently leaders speak as if they don’t need a leader to guide them and hold them accountable, as if they don’t need someone to give them direction or help them sharpen their vision or offer them advice or tell them they’ve made mistakes.

 

Read More
Monday, April 26, 2021 3:12 PM

Why Are You a Leader?

Monday, April 26, 2021 3:12 PM
Monday, April 26, 2021 3:12 PM

Why Are You a Leader?

by Bill Lawrence, President of Leader Formation International

Have you ever wondered why you are a leader? Can you answer this question? Why do I have the abilities and the opportunities to be a leader? You might even wonder at times if you have the gifts to be the kind of leader you must be to face some of the overwhelming demands put on you.

Read More

« back

How God Forms Leaders
Dec 05 9:36 PM

How God Forms Leaders

Dec 05 9:36 PM
Dec 05 9:36 PM

What if you were told that you were in charge of a major project but for years you were not given the role that was promised to you? What if you were resisted at every turn, never trusted, and attacked by those who had authority over you? That would be very difficult, wouldn’t it? Yet that’s exactly what happened to David.

Samuel suddenly appeared at David’s home, demanded to see him, anointed him as king, and left, but everything was as it always had been. He was still the youngest child in his family and—it appears—the least respected member of all, and this was even after he had served Saul as a musician who brought peace to Saul’s soul. All of this was only the beginning of seventeen years of enmity from Saul during which David was forced to run for his life and live in the desert south of Jerusalem, mostly in a cave. Some throne room that was!

Think about David’s situation when his father sent him to take food to his brothers as they were fighting the Philistines for Israel against the Philistines, and he faced the giant Goliath. When he arrived, heard Goliath rail against God, and questioned who he was, his brother put him down and told him to go home. Hardly the way you talk to a king. God used the Goliath event to promote David, and David became the head of the men of war and earned the admiration of Israel but, after all of this, Saul became jealous of him and tried to destroy him. This is why David had to run for his life and live in caves most of the time while Saul was alive.

All of this was part of God’s leader formation process for David.

In God’s leader formation process, the first thing He did for David was to prepare him through his time as a shepherd boy. By giving him sheep to care for, his father and his brothers to hold him accountable, and wild animals to confront him, God taught David how to lead by trusting Him to face overwhelming danger and enemies. This prepared him to provide for his people, to be accountable to others who judged him, and to face great danger, three realities that he encountered all his life.

Then with Goliath, his time with Israel’s enemies, as well as his time with his personal opponents, God proved David was His man even in seasons of injustice when rebellious opponents sought to defeat him at every turn. While he was discouraged at times and questioned what the Lord was doing, David never wavered from God to trust himself and this gave him great recognition in Israel.

Finally God promoted David to be the leader of His people. David became the king of Israel, the unifier of God’s nation, and the ancestor of the Messiah. Amazing isn’t it that the least valued in his family and an unknown shepherd boy in Israel became the seed of Messiah who was born of the line of David, our Savior.

God does not intend to exalt us as He did David, but He wants us to be His leaders in these difficult days. He has been working through our lives to prepare us to lead for him. Consider what God did in your life as He used you and blessed you and prepared you to lead. Consider what God is doing now as He strengthens your trust in Him and builds your reputation as His growing leader. And, if you are a recognized leader in your era of influence, thank Him for preparing, proving, and promoting you and continually purify yourself to be His leader.  This is God’s leader formation process, His way of making you the leader He wants you to be.

« back