Monday, September 22, 2014

If I Am My Shepherd, I Shall Want (Leading the Presence-Driven Church)

Field of sunflowers near Yellow Springs, Ohio

I look forward to spending alone-time with God this week after a busy weekend. I was privileged to be with the Jesus-followers of First Baptist Church in Urbana, Ohio. If you are reading this thank you again for inviting me!

I taught Saturday morning on "Leading the Presence-Driven Church," and our need for solitary prayer times in order to be led by God's Spirit. All authentic leadership in Jesus' name is a being-led by Jesus. I cannot do this on my own, no matter how strong my abilities are. If I am my shepherd, I shall want. 

Ruth Haley Barton writes:

"The raw gift of leadership may be there—as it certainly was for Moses—along with a strong sense of what is right and what we think needs to be done in this world. But our leadership cannot be a force for good if it is not being refined by the rigors of true solitude, that place where God is at work beyond what we are able to do for ourselves or would even know how to do for ourselves." (Ruth Haley Barton, Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership: Seeking God in the Crucible of Ministry, p. 43)