“Success is not determined by what I accomplish, but rather by my faithfulness—faithfulness to the One who called me and to his gracious invitation to be a part of His Kingdom” This quote from “The Way of the Dragon or the Way of the Lamb” by Jamin Goggin and Kyle Strobel struck me as I thought about my own leadership in the church.
I’ve been engaged in helping build the local church either as a volunteer or staff since my junior year in high school. It’s been thirty-five years total, and I must confess there have been seasons when I’m pretty sure I wasn’t involved to work alongside the Spirit to help build the Kingdom, but trying to build my personal resumé. I was being faithful, but not to God and his invitation.
My posture toward my role in building the Kingdom of God has ripened over the years from a place of “what can I accomplish to promote Joel,” to a mindset of “I’m just a steward of the gifts, abilities, and experiences God has given me for his use.” I used to fear the critique of others in a really unhealthy way, I worked to avoid it. It still dings me, but as I listen for truth and talk with God about what I hear I am more able to learn. I’m finding greater joy in leading others not from a place of authority, but from a place of influence and care as I work on being faithful to the Kingdom.
I’m reminded of the words of the apostle Paul to his friend Timothy who was looking for individuals to help build up one of the local churches, “…entrust to those who are faithful…” Certainly there were, and are, other expectations for leaders, but faithfulness was critical enough for Paul to lead with.
Building the church at Richwoods takes the effort and faithfulness of hundreds of volunteers. Within this group of volunteers are a smaller set of people who are faithful to use their gifts in leading others, and even leading other leaders. Not that these individuals are extra special, it’s just that they are using the gifts God gave them. These people include small group leaders, student ministry leaders, adult ministry leaders, staff and elders to name a few.
For these leaders who coach and guide others, we have developed a set of six expectations we need to be held accountable to for the sake of being faithful to God’s Kingdom. I’m sharing them below for the sake of accountability and discussion as we lead and build God’s Kingdom in faithfulness.
1. Represent and champion the mission, vision, doctrine, and culture of Richwoods. (Explained at Discovering Richwoods)
2. Consistently be present and participate in weekly services at one of Richwoods’ campuses. (2-to-3 out of 4 weeks a month).
3. Follow Christ by pursuing a lifestyle consistent with Richwoods’ understanding of Scripture.
4. Consistently use healthy interpersonal skills, grow in leadership and engage in cascading communication.
5. Be a team player. Have a positive attitude, a teachable spirit, and a servants heart toward others.
6. Be under the authority of (and be accountable to) the leadership of the church.
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On average Richwoods needs to receive $39.1K in gifts to meet its 2017 operating expenses, 10% of which goes immediately to Missions and helping people in our community who are experiencing financial troubles.
If you have questions about the information shared in this fyi, you can contact our Executive Pastor, Joel Dryden by email. You can also leave a comment below.