Saturday, August 11, 2012

Multiplying Leaders

You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others. 2 Timothy 2:1-2

Multiplying leaders is the lifeblood of any movement. Without leaders, a movement stops. This is the reason why Jesus spent majority of his time developing leaders (i.e. the Twelve). Paul understood this principle as well. So he instructed Timothy to make sure that the movement doesn't stop with him. Timothy needs to focus his energies on developing new leaders. What Paul taught Timothy can serve as our pattern today for multiplying more leaders. First, we must intentionally live grace-full lives (v.1). To accomplish our mission we need intentional multiplication. To do this, we must intentionally live grace-full lives. We cannot afford to rely on ourselves -- our gifts, our accomplishments, our reputation, etc. -- to fulfill God's agenda. We will always fall short. If we focus on ourselves, we will always end up discouraged or sidetracked, either because of failure or pride or both. The courage to move forward as a leader is always dependent on grace, not on self-effort. Second, we must intentionally live fruitful lives (v.2). We cannot multiply ourselves unless we intentionally look for new leaders to develop. A tree will only bear its own kind of fruit, never another kind of fruit. In the same way, only leaders can produce leaders. Followers cannot produce leaders. This involves intentional and personal selection, training, and mentoring by leaders to produce potential leaders. Like begets like. Remember, to accomplish our mission we need intentional multiplication.

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