Leading – Part One

focusOn Purpose Leadership

From the get go, Jesus made it very clear he was on a mission.  Entering in to the place of worship he declared his purpose to all by personalizing the prophecy in Isaiah 61:1

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me,
    for the Lord has anointed me
    to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted
    and to proclaim that captives will be released
    and prisoners will be freed.

I’ve written about God’s heart for the lost in the past, so I won’t go into that here, suffice it to say, God is putting all of his energy and resources into redeeming his creation, setting us free from our sin.

This was the purpose of the incarnation, the crucifixion, the resurrection, and everything in between these events.  Jesus was not going to be detoured from his purpose, he had a clear and compelling goal in mind: to restore what is broken.

Bill Hybels refers to this as a “burning white hot why.”  Every leader needs a white hot why, a clear sense of something that is undone, something that needs to be set right, and an internal compulsion to step into the mess to make it right.  This is “On Purpose” leadership.

I’m convinced God expects each and every one of us to live “On Purpose.”  He has given each of us unique gifts, desires, and abilities to serve in his Kingdom, to be working with him as he continues to proclaim release to the captives.  We must realize that not everyone is captive to the same thing, so God needs each of us to spread out and discover our individual “burning white hot why.”

At its foundation, this is the fuel of leadership.  Each of us needs to discover our passion, to find our mission to help direct our energy for the good of God’s Kingdom.  One of the tools I have used in the past is to make a list of all of the things in this world that bother you, specifically that deal with humanity. More than likely this will be a long list.  Second step would be to find the three that upset you to the point of stirring up emotion, then narrow it to the one that blows your lid.  This is more than likely an area you need to focus your energy on.

We have also created a workshop called “SHAPE-Up” to help you identify how God has shaped you for working within his Kingdom, here’s a link to the next opportunity.

Here’s another resource to take the leading on purpose further, a book summary on Start with Why by Simon Sinek, it might fill in some of the gaps.

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Weekend Giving

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.

Knoxville Campus: $24K
Parkway Campus: $3K
Total Giving: $27K
Weekly Anticipated Giving: $39.1K

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.


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