Ten Principles Upon Which My Leadership Is Built
- Servanthood. I will nurture the firm conviction that because Christ saved me, I am now His servant to be used daily (1 Peter 3:15) to go wherever He leads and do whatever He chooses. I am not here to please myself and seek my own interests, nor am I in charge of my life. I am His servant and ambassador (2 Corinthians 5:20).
- Marriage. I will earnestly and deliberately seek to become a “one woman kind of man,” as I build a vibrant, exciting and growing relationship with my wife (1 Timothy 3:2). As the spiritual leader in my marriage (Ephesians 5: 25-28), I will honor my wife (1 Peter 3:7), guard and protect her from unnecessary hurts, and seek to encourage her to become the person God has intended her to be.
- Parenting. As the father of my children, I will guard my time, energy and focus so as not to rob my children (and grandchildren) of my affection, attention and affirmation. While not pressuring my children to live in the light with unreasonable expectations, I want to encourage them to delight in God’s Word, will and way (1Timothy 3:4-5).
- Honesty. Spiritual leaders must be trustworthy; therefore, I will seek to be honest in what I say, how I serve and by which I am known. My word must be as good as a signed contract, (Romans 12:17).
- Partnership. I am a man of very limited abilities; therefore, the Lord will bring into my life faithful partners to compensate for my inadequacies and to whom I can be a blessing. I will seek to build relationships with my partners that will encourage them to grow and enjoy serving the Lord to the fullest extent (1 Corinthians 3:5-9).
- Self-control. Daily I must guard against the very real and very present danger of temptation that may appear alluring, inviting and very exciting. As the servant of the Lord, I must daily say “no” to sin and “yes” to the Lord. I must remember who I am (1 Corinthians 9:24-27), lest when I have preached to others, I become disqualified to serve.
- Trials. Knowing the Evil One will try to discourage me from time to time, I must remember that trials and problems are a normal part of the Christian life (John 16:33). It is during these hard times that I learn more about the Lord (Psalm 119:71) and learn to trust the fact that God is good and that God is good all the time (Nahum 1:7).
- Humility. I know myself better than any other person on earth. I am thoroughly acquainted with my weaknesses, inadequacies and the horrific ease with which I can sin. It is only by His grace I am saved, can serve and will be sustained (1 Corinthians 15:10). It is not about me, my education, my skills and talents. It is all about Him (1 Corinthians 10:31).
- Passion. The Lord our God is great. He is awesome in all that He is and all that He does. This burns within my heart, producing a conviction that all He does through me is beyond being important. His work and ministry must be rendered with passion because of who He is and what I know to be true (1 Thessalonians 2:10-12).
- Eternity. “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that when he shall appear, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him, purifies himself, even as he is pure” (1 John 2:2-3). With eternity in view, I may not always understand what the Lord is doing at this moment in my life (John 13:7), but I can trust His Lordship (John 13:13) and by His grace, finish well (2 Timothy 4:7-8). Everyday must be lived with eternity in view (Psalm 73:24).