• Our hope-filled future is bound up in sharing the story of Jesus, in discipling others, in bringing those disciples together into communities of believers, and in developing and releasing those believers to create other communities... till Jesus the King comes again!

Can’t stop being intentional bis

A fellow WT colleague pointed me to the following short article by Ed Stetzer which I thought was a great follow up to our recent discussions on intentionality.

Read the article at: http://www.christianitytoday.com/edstetzer/2014/october/learning-to-lead-differently-as-you-age.html?utm_source=edstetzer&utm_medium=Newsletter&utm_term=14203663&utm_content=309428335&utm_campaign=2013

I would particularly draw your attention to his questions at the end of the article. They are worth reflection and discussion:

  • What have you learned about leadership transition that comes with age?
  • How can a leader overcome the challenges that come with age in a culture that is constantly seeking the newest idea, approach or technique?
  • What can we learn from Scripture in regards to leading into the later years?learncomm-hands

4 Responses

  1. Something I’m learning is that I can’t always be mentoring younger ones in missions and church planting…things mattering much to me. I need to humbly meet them where they are at ..and serve there. God does His thing in ways I would not have imagined. One young man I enjoy meeting has recently seen his FATHER come out of the pew and engage missions with me; neither of us would have imagined that.

  2. Good insight that would seem to push us towards intentionality even more. As we engage younger workers and leaders, and make way for them, the Lord will direct how that ‘support’ and encouragement will take shape.

  3. Ed Stetzer’s article promotes a mindset that is essential to having an apostolic approach to facilitating the multiplication of disciples and initiating a movement mindset. While Ed Stetzer makes make the stages of life/ministry sequential the task we have requires a certain application of all of the roles he outlines for the 20s through the 80s be intentionally practiced throughout our ministry. It is true that the leader is developing him/herself in these ways progressively. If a leader at any age or stage of development is a servant-leader, he/she will rejoice when a mentoree surpasses them in competence, abilities, and biblical spiritual insights. If we are leading and teaching well with a servant’s heart, often we will need to step aside in order to give another room to grow and develop. If we get our sense of worth or identity from a leadership position we occupy, we will never become either a movement facilitator or developer of future leaders. While our skills and knowledge will develop over a lifetime sequentially all the mindsets should be in focus throughout our ministry. At least this is the outlook of one who is now 86 years old and still learning from others including the young and encouraging others.

  4. Stetzer’s article is very challenging. Thank you for serving as a model of the kind of ongoing leader development he describes in the article.

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