Titus 1:5 For this reason I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are lacking, and appoint elders in every city as I commanded you— 6 if a man is blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of dissipation or insubordination. 7 For a bishop must be blameless, as a steward of God, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, 8 but hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled, 9 holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict.
Leadership in the church is something that is not to be taken lightly. We see Paul detailing some particular qualifications for selecting leaders as such. Over the years I have seen many people aspire to lead in ministry in the church. Sadly many did not realise the accountability, responsibility and example required to be such and dismally failed. For leaders in the church are those who really do lead..in every way!
Here at Calvary Chapel Secret Harbour to be a leader means you lead. You are first to church, last to leave, faithful in attending in every opportunity that presents itself that provides you a capacity to example faithfulness. Leaders would lead in prayer, lead in serving, lead in helping, lead in supporting and encouraging.
Leaders just don’t fulfil the minimum requirements. In other words they aren’t just ministering when they are on ‘duty’ as such. Pastor Chuck Smith would often exhort all the pastors at our annual conference to only select your leaders from those saints who faithfully attend your weekly prayer meeting. He would say your leaders are always people who regard prayer as a necessity.
When Stephen and Philip were chosen by God to be used mightily by Him these two men had already exhibited leadership. There had been a need at the church in serving and giving out food and it was from this role God chose them to fulfil mighty ministries for Him.
Stephen and Philip had previously been chosen to serve at tables because they were men of honest report, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom they could appoint (lead) over this business of serving food. Acts 6:3
So if you consider yourself a leader at Calvary Chapel in Secret Harbour, the pastors will see you each time they are ministering alongside them in every capacity – serving.
Matthew 9: 35 Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. 36 But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were wear and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. 37 Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. 38 Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”
Are you a leader?
If so its time for all to see you lead.