Monday, January 02, 2017

Two-Step Leadership (The Presence-Driven Church)

Lake Erie, Sterling State Park, Monroe

The Presence-Driven Leader does not know where they are going. For the most part. This is because they are being led, by God's Spirit.

The Presence-Driven Leader does not have a long-term strategy. The P-DL has a strategy, and it is simple: abide in Christ. Dwell in God's presence. Resolve to know only one thing: Christ, and him crucified.

Out of the abiding relationship comes The Call. It is a call to follow. The Presence-Driven Leader is the consummate follower.

Presence-Driven Leadership is Two-Step Leadership. Step 1 is: Abide in Jesus. Step 2 is: follow Jesus. That's it.

In Hebrews 11:8 we read that Abraham went out, not knowing where he was going. Oswald Chambers comments:

"Have you ever “gone out” in this way? If so, there is no logical answer possible when anyone asks you what you are doing. One of the most difficult questions to answer in Christian work is, “What do you expect to do?” You don’t know what you are going to do. The only thing you know is that God knows what He is doing." (Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest)

Linda and I had never been to Israel. One day the opportunity was provided, as a gift. When we arrived we immediately got on a bus, and headed north from Tel Aviv to Mount Carmel. We had an excellent tour guide in the great biblical scholar Hal Ronning. Hal knew the land, we did not. Hal led us. We followed, willingly.

All who trust God will lead by following. It's an adventure, a redemptive expedition, a clash of kingdom civilizations, led by the One who holds the future in his hands.

My recent book is Praying: Reflections on 40 Years of Solitary Conversations with God.

I'm teaching a five-month class on prayer, beginning Sat., Jan. 7, at Redeemer.

I'm currently writing Leading the Presence-Driven Church.