Long time no blogging here?
So, this past Friday and Saturday, I had a leadership conference/meeting with the fellow leaders of AIM. Our assistant director asked me to give a short devotional on Saturday morning.
I thought I might as well share it here. It isn't much, but I hope it may encourage at least one person.
Discipling as a Leader
If we do not disciple, the people we are leading will not be able to reach out to others and becoming disciplers themselves. And there can be little to no growth in them while they are with us.
Jesus’s example: Told us to, Did it/showed us how, His followers grew
Tips on discipling~
- Listen to them
This you know, my beloved brethren. But let everyone be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.
- Be encouraging
But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called "Today," lest any one of you be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. Hebrews 3:13
Let them know you appreciate them
Be sure to give them compliments and so on when they do something good
Treat them like you are their friend
- Be caring and patient
And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary. Galatians 6:9
Proverbs 15:1- A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Don’t expect results right away. So don’t give up on them. Be patient. Discipleship takes time.
How much time and effort are you willing to invest in their lives?
- Let the Lord lead you
Let Him guide you and disciple you as you disciple and lead others
It may get discouraging sometimes. In fact, it probably will be.
Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary. Isaiah 40:31
There can also be many rewarding times. Seeing someone grow in the Lord and grow in His image can be so encouraging and rewarding.
- Make a lasting impact.
Are they going to remember you?
Are there lives going to be changed/touched by the Lord working through you?
How will you impact them?
- Do discipleship intentionally.
Look for opportunities to disciple
Do things intentionally to be a discipler
- Be a disciple
Willingly learn and take advantage of letting your own leaders/parents/pastors/etc. (And especially the Lord!!!) disciple you
Jesus was a leader with a lasting impact. He discipled His disciples and they later were able to become leaders themselves and disciple others. It is like a chain. You disciple someone.. They grow, They become a discipler or grow as one.. Etc. Etc.
What kind of leader will you be (or are you)? One that made a lasting impact or just another leader in someone’s life who didn’t help them to grow spiritually?