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

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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?

 

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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?

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

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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.

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When A Leader Stops Leading
Dec 13 8:39 AM

When A Leader Stops Leading

Dec 13 8:39 AM
Dec 13 8:39 AM

It was the spring of the year when leaders took their troops out to defend their territory and protect their country. But this spring David, Israel’s leader, did not take his troops into battle. He had spent seventeen years on the run for his life from King Saul when he lived in caves in the wilderness though he was no risk to Saul. He had opportunities to take Saul’s life, but he would not touch God’s leader.

 

Now he was king and established in Jerusalem with a new and beautiful house, a gift from a very dear friend, and seemed to have no desire to live the hard life of a military general any more. Besides he had a trustworthy commander and experienced troops he could rely on, so there was no need for him to live on rough ground in primitive shelters when he could enjoy the pleasure of his new home.

 

So David did not go into battle with his troops that spring. Instead he lived at ease in his new home overlooking Jerusalem, the capital of his kingdom.

 

Late one afternoon David went up to the rooftop of his home and looked down on his city. Unexpectedly he saw a beautiful woman bathing herself on the roof of her home, where she was purifying herself according to the Lord’s direction in order to obey God. Suddenly attracted, David discovered she was Bathsheba, wife of Uriah, one of his soldiers.  He sent for her and slept with her. Not too long after that she sent word to him saying, “I am pregnant.” Hardly good news for the king. He ordered Uriah to come to Jerusalem, obtained a battle report from him, and sent him home to his wife. Uriah, however, would not go home as long as the ark and his fellow soldiers lived in tents on the battlefield.  So David sent him back to war with a death warrant in his hand—directions for his general, Joab, to put Uriah in the most violent part of the battle where he was certain to die. And Uriah died.

 

When leaders stop leading they displease the Lord. When success becomes a leader’s greatest desire, when the comfort of accomplishment becomes a leader’s greatest drive, when a leader’s self-image is defined by his greatest achievements, he is facing his greatest danger.  David had committed the two worst crimes he could, adultery and murder, both subject to death by God. God spared his life, but David never had another spring when he could stay home. From this point on he was threatened by enemies and forced to fight battles he never wanted to face. No leader can become caught up in his success and remain successful—the leader who is caught up in success will crash in failure.

 

What dominates your thoughts—your success or God’s purpose? The leader who thinks about his success rather than God’s purpose is like David—staying home rather than leading in battle. And the leader who does this faces greater battles than he ever thought possible.  

 

If you are a successful leader, as David was and if you are caught up in your comfort rather God’s demands, as David became, or if you are enjoying your achievements rather than God’s call in your life, as David did, you are taking the greatest risk of your life, the risk of God’s discipline for as long as you live.

 

Rejoice in the blessing of God’s success through you, but when the next springtime comes, be prepared to lead in God’s battles for you lest you are forced to face God’s discipline in your life.

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