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a few thoughts – leadership and the gospel

for those of you tracking with the Powells and West Valley PCA, I owe you a blogreport.

God is at work and challenging my heart, soul, mind and body.

I am reading leadership books – trying to learn my strengths to lead a congregation that is a body of the Spirit in need of the Word… as well as a Leader!  Yep, a weakchristian seeking to know his gifts and strengths so as to lead others in their God-given gifts, even as we are all weak, and broken and in need of a gospel that is stronger than we are weak.

If you spend your life trying to be good at everything, you will never be great at anything.  While our society encourages us to be well-rounded, this approach inadvertently leads to mediocrity.  Perhaps the greatest misconception of all is that of the well rounded leader…. paradoxically, those who strive to be competent in all areas become the least effective leaders of all. – Strength Based Leadership, Rath/Conchie

While the best leaders are not well-rounded, the best teams are.  – Strength Based Leadership, Rath/Conchie (my friend Stosh Walsh was a contributor to this book by Gallop)

I am reading a biography on the life and heart and passion of John Calvin.  O God reform us by your Word/Spirit and revive us!  Bring reformation through your church being true to your Word.  What words Calvin penned that have lived on in the church… and yet, as I am learning – no mere words of mere men live on apart from the work of God to revive the heart.  Calvin had a heart for God as much as a mind for truth!  Make me a servant who, like Calvin, knows his sin and need and exposits Scripture in truth and power…

As the surest source of destruction to men is to obey themselves, so the only haven of safety is to have no other will, no other wisdom, than to follow the Lord wherever he leads.  Let this, then, be our first step, to abandon ourselves, and to devote the whole energy of our minds to the service of God.  – John Calvin

Let us, then, unremittingly examine our faults, call ourselves back to humility.  Thus nothing will remain to puff us up; but there be much occasion to be cast down.   – John Calvin

And so… what to do with the combination of pursuing to be a good leader that utilizes the gifts/strengths God has given me.  To train and raise up leaders in a church that is growing and needs a LEADER.  And yet, to do this while examining and asking for the Lord’s help to see ALL my faults ALL the time to cast my weak and needy self on Christ and him alone (not, after all, on my style of leadership, or even progress in it)

Go at it God.  Go at it in the West Valley.  Train and equip and lead us into the gospel in a way that is faithful, effective, and humble.  Continue to bring the broken and poor and needy to our doorstep that we may show them YOU.

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my existence

There is only one problem on which all of my existence, my peace, and my happiness depend: to discover myself in discovering God.  If I find Him I will find myself and if I find my true self I will find Him. 

–  Thomas Merton

There is no deep knowing of God without a deep knowing of self and no deep knowing of self without a deep knowing of God.

–  John Calvin

A humble self-knowledge is a surer way to God than a search after deep knowledge.

– Thomas a Kempis

Grant, Lord, that I may know myself that I may know thee.

– Augustine

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