July, 2012

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Traveling to award certificate

I am traveling to VA, Springfield tomorrow July 29, 2012 to award certificates of recognition for two recent graduates from our four-part series Leadership Bible Study Program.

The program ran this year from February till July. We had two groups with two separate sessions each week. Participants in these two groups were from different States. Some of them were from East coast like the ones I am planning to award their certificates in person during a Strategic session, which I am going to facilitate on that the same day. Still, some of the partners were from California, South Carolina, Seattle, and so on.
What a rewarding program it was. We have got great feedbacks and encouraging words.
Let’s know if you need such programs for your church or ministry, or if you would like to sponsor this kind of programs to your favorite churches and ministries.

Love and Loyalty- the trademark of John

In the past two weeks, we studied the leadership of the Apostle John. There are so many lessons we could gain from one of the exemplery leaders of the early Church. However, in this blog, let’s focus on the one thing that differentiates John from the rest of Jesus’ disciples. That is, his love and loyalty.

If it is necessary to assign a trademark (brand) for each disciple of Jesus, John is entitled to earn the trademark of love and loyalty. John loved Jesus throughout their relationship and vice versa. That love and loyalty earned John to join Jesus’ inner circle together with James and Peter.

John’s love and loyalty to Jesus couldn’t be stopped even if Jesus was condemned to die. He was the only disciple who followed Jesus all the way until He was crucified. As unwavering loyalist, John was there during those tough times and when Jesus needed him the most. Because of his availability, John was given the most rare, prestigious, and honorable assignment a man can get from the Lord, to take care of His mother. It was believed that John had cared for Mary very well until she died.

By the way, Jesus was loyal to His Father and His disciples, and demonstrated that so many times. Throughout His ministry on earth, He was ultra-loyal to God and showed utmost loyalty to please Him. At one point, He said, “I seek not to please myself but him who sent me” (John 5: 30, NIV). Through thick and thin, His attention was executing the assignment He was given with unwavering loyalty. His loyalty was tested in the end and proven intact when He was obedient to death so as to fulfill the task His Father gave Him.

The same with His disciples. He was loyal to their well being. For example, when the soldiers came to apprehend Him, He identified Himself willingly and avoided violence that could have harmed His disciples. Once He surrendered, He asked the captors to let go of His disciples. That means, He gave His life to protect them. There is no love and loyalty than giving oneself to those who entrusted themselves to one’s influence.

John wrote three love epistles. He endured tough persecutions throughout his life. Regardless of the challenges he had faced, he kept the faith and died with dignity.

The question to all of us is whether we love our Lord and endure whatever challenges we may face as we serve Him? Are we ready to tolerate whatever comes in our way and remain loyal to the faith till the end? Do we have these great values (love and loyalty) in our life? How do we plan to remain in love and loyal to our mission, and to the people we entered covenant with us?

Please note that loyalty is a very rare commodity in this world, and a very important asset a leader should have. Without you being loyal to your people, they don’t trust you and entrust themselves for you to lead them. If you aren’t loyal to your people, they won’t be loyal to you and in turn to your mission. Therefore, stop using short cuts such as manipulations, and tricks in your leadership. Adopt loyalty as one of your core value, and lead with dignity.

To facilitate a strategic session

The most successful organizations are those which have both long and short term strategies. In this very challenging and ever changing world, Churches and Ministries cannot afford to overlook the importance of having long ranged strategic direction and short term strategic plans, for instance, for three or five years. Accordingly, Assegid is called to facilitate half a day strategic session in VA on July 29th, 2012.

More details will be posted soon…

The ultimate leader of all time- Jesus of nazreth

JesusIt has been quite a rewarding journey since the Ministry commenced its two Leadership Bible Study Programs for Christian leaders. For the past couple of months, we have taken a lot of leadership lessons from prominent Biblical figures. Last time, we shared with you about one of these great leaders- Nehemiah, a great restorer.

In the past three weeks, we have been studying the leadership abilities of Jesus. During these three sessions, we dug deep and studied the leadership qualities of the ultimate leader of all time, Jesus of Nazareth. Here, we are not talking about His divinity, or His other extraordinary deeds he performed while He was on earth. They are very important to learn from but in this program we focused only on His leadership side.
However, space won’t allow us if we try to post all of the leadership attributes of Jesus.
Below are some of His key leadership qualities those of us who are leading in the 21st Century may learn from:
1. He was purpose-oriented, and clear about His mission. He was single-minded with laser sharp focus. If you never asked this important question, and you are leading without knowing your unique and specific mission in life, then, this is time to figure out that as soon as possible. This is very important both for you as a person, the people you are influencing, and for the Kingdom of God. Your success, impact, and fulfillment is attached to the purpose you were born for.
2. He knew His timing. He started and finished at the right time, and accomplished countless things within a very short period of time. Knowing our season and acting accordingly is very important. We should be sensitive to the Holy Spirit and respond on time when we experience divine visitation. Do you remember how Jesus cried for Jerusalem because she couldn’t know her timing and visitation (Luke 19: 41)?
3. He was a visionary who saw the end from the very beginning. That was why He wasn’t distracted even when He was offered to become the king of a historic and great nation, Israel (John 6: 15). He envisioned where He would finish His leadership journey at the very start. He remained loyal to pursue and finally utter the phrase ‘It is finished’ (John 19: 30). Is there any thing in this world more important than saying this phrase at the end of our life?
4. He was a great communicator who used parables His audience could easily understand. Not only He was talking, but He was also a good listener both from His Father in Heaven, and the people around Him. He even could be able to listen their worries, concerns, and doubts in their heart. Without listening, you cannot become a good communicator. Without communication, it is unlikely to achieve anything meaningful.
5. He was a servant leader. Though He was the Lord, Teacher of all teachers, and the King of kings, He preferred to serve than served. The ONE who was before Abraham, and the One who sat on the everlasting throne well before the creation of this universe began chose to serve than seek service from the works of His own Hand?! He said, “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Matthew 20: 28). The world is desperate to get your service. Are you one of those leaders who lord over their people, and demand (overtly and not so overtly) the world around them to serve, respect, and recognize them? Well, now, know that true leadership that leads you towards fulfillment, which in turn brings eternal rewards from your Creator and Sustainer now and in eternity is service, nothing else. Serving in the area of your calling and until everything He deposited in you is emptied while serving with great commitment and dedication.
6. He lived with a sense of urgency. He lived each day as if that was His last. His statements such as my food is to do the works of my Father; we should work while it is still daylight, show us His dedication to redeem the time He had while He was in this world trapped with a time-belt. What is your priority? Do you maximize each day by investing it towards the accomplishment of your mission?
7. He had strong values, some of which were counter-cultural. He showed commitment for His values such as service (before prominence), and love (than revenge). What are your values that define you? Have you imparted them to your people, and developed shared values? Do you show commitment toward these values, and lead by example?
8. He was a leader with great character. He kept His promises, and walked the talk. Developing character that resembles with Jesus may take life time. However, it worths. Remember, Paul was complaining about some of the things he couldn’t overcome at the early stage of his leadership. But, at the end of the day, he boldly commanded his followers: ‘Be like me as I am like Christ’. Without sound character, we cannot influence people’s heart, initiate, and lead change. Therefore, identify those character attributes you need to have, improve, and work on your character’s development on a consistent basis until you boldly declare: “Now, I am like Christ!”
Jesus is our Lord, King, and the prototype leader we all Christians, especially Christian leaders should learn from His leadership approaches and serve the world according to our calling and until we finish our race successfully.
Note: This and next week, we study the leadership of John the Apostle so that we may learn from his leadership, and most importantly apply.