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Leadership Lid. God blesses faithful stewardship with greater responsibility and greater influence. “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.” Luke 2:52.

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leadership lid
Leadership Lid

God blesses faithful stewardship with greater responsibility and greater influence.


“In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king questioned them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his whole kingdom.” Daniel 1:20

"The true leader is not someone who can do the work of ten persons but someone who can organize ten persons to do the work of ten persons." Anonymous

The leader is the one who climbs the tallest tree, surveys the entire situation, and yells, “Wrong jungle!” But how do the busy, efficient producers and managers often respond? “Shut up! We’re making progress.”


“As individuals, groups, and businesses, we’re often so busy cutting through the undergrowth we don’t even realize we’re in the wrong jungle. And the rapidly changing environment in which we live makes effective leadership more critical than it has ever been--in every aspect of independent and interdependent life.” Covey, 7 Habits


Leadership Lid: Your maximum leadership potential right now, as you use your:

  • Talents Social Skills
  • Self-Discipline Spiritual Maturity
  • Character Faith
  • Vision Knowledge
  • Time Passion
No leader can be successful unless he can get people to follow him

How many people can you lead effectively?

raise your lid
Raise Your Lid
  • In Pairs: Which one of these areas do you need to grow in to raise your leadership capacity?
  • Pray for each other.

Leadership Lid: Your maximum leadership potential right now, as you use your:

  • Talents Social Skills
  • Self-Discipline Spiritual Maturity
  • Character Faith
  • Vision Knowledge
  • Time Passion
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Raise Your Lid

Great leaders do what others can’t even imagine with the same tools and resources.

examples of leadership lid

Jethro counsels Moses: Exodus 18:17-23

  • “the thing you do is not good…you will wear yourselves out.”
  • “Select able men”
  • “Teach them”
  • “Let them judge”
  • “If you do this you will be able to endure”
Examples Of Leadership Lid
Joseph: from dungeon to Deliverer
  • Spoiled, favorite son, shepherd boy
  • Sold by his brothers as a slave
  • Bought by Potiphar
  • No visible, formal training

Grew in his abilities and talents until he stepped out of the dungeon and became Prime Minister

  • Duties included the most menial tasks; cleaning the toilet, painting, mopping floors, mowing the lawn, pulling weeds, trimming hedges
  • How did these duties prepare him to be a great leader?
How did these leaders raise their lid?

Discuss In Pairs or Triads: (10 min)

  • Joseph: Egyptian slave to deliverer
  • David: shepherd boy to King
  • Paul: Persecutor to apostle
  • Moses: Egyptian heir to deliverer

Number One Growth Factor

  • NCD question that had the highest correlation for growth in the Adventist church (427 churches surveyed). What is it?
  • “Our leaders are spiritual

examples to me” Q 74

“Were the members of the church consecrated to God, were they in the unity of the Spirit, in the bond of peace, were they organized for the purpose of imparting to others an influence of good, the church would be indeed the light of the world. Should the individual members seek to represent Christ to the world in character and life, thousands would be attracted to the Saviour, who now have reason to criticize the words and works of those who profess the name of Christ.” Ye Shall Receive Power, 347
become a people magnet
Become A People Magnet
  • Consecrated to God
  • Unity of the Spirit
  • Organized for soul-winning
  • Seek to represent Christ in character

Holistic Stewardship

“Money, time, influence—all the gifts they have received from God’s hand, they will value only as a means of advancing the work of the gospel. Thus it was in the early church; and when in the church of today it is seen that by the power of the Spirit the members have taken their affections from the things of the world, and that they are willing to make sacrifices in order that their fellow men may hear the gospel, the truths proclaimed will have a powerful influence upon the hearers.” Acts of the Apostles, 71

2 no compelling vision
2. No Compelling Vision

Thinking too small; no need for more workers, vision based on man’s ability not God’s power.

vision clarity
Vision Clarity

People want to know where they are going before they will follow.

People want to know that their leader is confident of where he is going and how he will get them there.

a compelling vision
A Compelling Vision
  • “Why would God send more people to our church if we don’t have a great dream. Why would God give a multi-gifted, multi-talented, and financially wealthy person to a church if the biggest thing you are going to do is paint the restrooms next year.” John Maxwell
  • “God gives us resources according to our dreams and according our obedience.” John Maxwell
Often we wait for Great Opportunities to come while daily Small Opportunities parade by.
  • God blesses us according to our faithfulness in the small things.
  • Growth is a matter of faithfulness.
lid blockers
Lid Blockers
  • Character Issues
  • No Compelling Vision
  • Competency Concerns
  • Time Management
  • Lone Ranger Mentality
  • Low Passion
  • Limited Exposure to the right people
  • Frequent Exposure to the wrong people
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Lid Blockers
  • Character issues: moral/ethical
  • King Saul held back by pride, self-sufficiency, lack of faith, fear of the people.
  • King David’s moral failure with Bathsheba caused the kingdom to split
  • No compelling vision is caused by weak faith in God’s power.
  • Competency concerns: organizational skills, planning, procrastination, etc
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Lid Blockers
  • Time Management:
    • -The mother of all lid blockers
    • -The one area where all leaders are equal
  • Lone Ranger Mentality
  • Distracted: Low Confidence/Motivation, Unresolved personal problems
  • Limited exposure: same people with the same thinking/mindset
  • Frequent exposure to wrong people
6 ways to raise your lid
6 Ways ToRaise Your Lid
  • Deepen Spirituality
  • Invest Deeply In Others
  • Manage Yourself
  • Time Management
  • Keep It Relational
  • Be A Team Player
1 deepen spirituality

Matthew 9:17 New Wine, New Skins: New lives demand new ways

  • Methodology vs. Spirituality: Have we focused too heavily on copying methodology from successful churches and failed to lead & develop spiritual leaders?
1. Deepen Spirituality
  • Matthew 9:17 New Wine, New Skins
  • Methodology vs. Spirituality
  • Have we focused too heavily on copying methodology from successful churches and failed to lead & develop spiritual leaders?
deepen spirituality
Deepen Spirituality
  • Psalm 119:97-104
    • “I have more understanding than all my instructors”
    • “I understand more than the elders”
  • Proverbs 5:18,19,23 “way of the righteous is as the day dawn…grows brighter”
  • Ephesians 4:13,16 “to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.”
  • Integrity flaws become manifest over time
    • “Be sure your sin will find you out”
the currency of heaven
$ The Currency Of Heaven $
  • Definition: “The spiritual behavior, attitude, and character the Holy Spirit looks for in those He will bless.”
  • John 14:15,16
  • Acts 5:32
  • Ezekiel 36:22-33
  • “this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.” Matthew 17:21
irresistible influential
Irresistible Influential

"Character is power. The silent witness of a true, unselfish, godly life carries an almost irresistible influence. By revealing in our own life the character of Christ we co-operate with Him in the work of saving souls. It is only by revealing in our life His character that we can co-operate with Him...

...And the wider the sphere of our influence, the more good we may do. When those who profess to serve God follow Christ\'s example, practicing the principles of the law in their daily life; when every act bears witness that they love God supremely and their neighbor as themselves, then will the church have power to move the world." God\'s Amazing Grace, 231

2. Invest Deeply In Others

  • Teach, Mentor, and Coach others who can have a broad influence
  • 2 Timothy 2:2 “the things that you have heard from me…commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”

Invest Deeply In Others

  • NCD: Empowering Leadership
  • Talents grow by employment

“Experienced workers today do a noble work when, instead of trying to carry all the burdens themselves, they train younger workers and place burdens on their shoulders.” Acts of the Apostles, 368

3 manage yourself
3. Manage Yourself
  • Develop Yourself:

Get Coaching, Attend Workshops

  • Live A Balanced Life:
    • Matthew 11:28-30
    • "If it\'s not light, It\'s not right!"
    • Take a vacation, exercise,
  • Modeling: You can’t lead others where you haven’t been, you can’t show them something you haven’t seen.

4. Time Management

  • Get The Big Rocks In First!!
  • Scheduling is critical
  • Roles to goals:
    • Husband, Father, Coach, Teacher, Leader
  • Goals to Calendar
    • Yearly goals & results
    • Monthly SMART goals
Productive leaders set definite goals and continually measure their progress towards the accomplishment of those goals.

We need leaders who will set long range goals, medium range goals, and immediate one-year goals.

set meaningful measurable goals

Time Management

Set meaningful, measurable goals

"Leadership needs leadership." Anonymous

5 keep it relational lead with love
5. Keep It RelationalLEAD WITH LOVE

The most effective ministries are built on loving relationships.

“Without love I am nothing”

I Corinthians 13

keep it relational
Keep It Relational
  • Develop a magnetic personality
  • Influence is leveraged in relationships
  • Belonging precedes believing
  • EQ Versus IE (Emotional Intelligence
  • Capacity to relate, interact, and get along with others.
  • More important than IQ in determining success

6. Be A Team Player

  • Together we are genius!
  • Team up with others, assist.
  • Give others credit
  • Look for others who can augment your weakness.
  • Yes, you have weaknesses!!
a uniting influence
A Uniting Influence
  • “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:3
  • “Union is strength; division is weakness. When those who believe present truth are united, they exert a telling influence. Satan well understands this. Never was he more determined than now to make of none effect the truth of God by causing bitterness and dissension among the Lord’s people.” – 5T 236.2
suggested reading
Suggested Reading
  • The Leadership Challenge

– Kouzes & Posner

  • The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership – John Maxwell
  • A Fish Out Of Water - Barna
  • Spiritual Leadership - Blackaby
  • Leading Congregational Change

– Herrington, Bonem, Furr

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