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preaching article The Catalyst Leader: Seeking God's Face

The Catalyst Leader: Seeking God's Face

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Apr 19, 2013


This article is an excerpt from the new book, The Catalyst Leader, by Brad Lomenick.

When you read the Scriptures, passion for God oozes out. Moses sought God every day. Job followed Him through the most devastating circumstances. Esther relied on Him at the risk of her own life. David chased after God, and his passion bleeds through the Psalms. The prophets craved hearing the voice of the Almighty, and the apostles joyfully followed Him to the grave.

These men and women were great leaders, yet modern influencers often overlook this trait. Too many build up their heads without minding their hearts. They read books on better business practices and attend marketing conferences, but spiritual development is often ignored. According to our research, only 11 percent of Christian leaders say “passion for God” is the leadership trait that best describes them. And yet my experiences with Christian leaders who are most successful today tell me that spiritual ardor is integral, rather than accessory, to leading well.

As Christians, spiritual passion has to begin with the Scriptures. God has spoken to His people through the Bible, and we must cling to His Word. We know that the Bible is a living, breathing book, not an outdated, stale tome. It provides timely truth about the God we serve and insight for how to live.

Many people today claim to love God but aren’t rooted in God’s Word and in their relationships with Him. If we desire to become passionate people in pursuit of our Maker, we must recover that. You may generate record profits this quarter and have great organizational victories, but if you aren’t spiritually rooted, your life won’t be as fruitful as it could be.

Francis Chan says,

Time with God has to drive you. God’s presence is all that matters. If we are connected to him we will bear much fruit. Everything is dependent on him. God is a real person. There is a real intimacy you can have with him. It’s a real conversation when you pray and there are just times where you get away and say, "God, it’s just you and me because you strengthen me like no one else can." Everything depends on my relationship with God.

Do you spend time each week, perhaps each day, intentionally tuning yourself to God? Do you nurture a passion to see Him glorified in your family, relationships and work, regardless of your vocation? I encourage leaders to set aside portions of their week to block out the pressures of life and pray, meditate, and seek God’s face. Even if you are only able to set aside five minutes during the day to walk and pray, or simply read a few scriptures, you need to commit to this. These breaks will give you energy, enthusiasm and renewed momentum.

Sustained leadership requires practicing the discipline of replenishment. Pastor Bill Hybels says you need a strategy to accomplish this in your life daily, weekly, monthly and yearly. Leaders often get depleted by their work, and we need to recharge and regroup in intentional ways. Nothing will sap your passion for God like burnout.

One way to achieve this is to begin practicing the Sabbath. This means building margin into our lives. Margin is powerful and absolutely crucial for leaders. It allows for rest and rhythm to appropriately get played out in our routine. Margin is the fuel for responding to the unexpected and the option we all need for being more focused, intentional, and life-giving, and less stressed. Margin allows for rest, refocus and adjustments as well as stirring our God-given passions.

I’ve noticed that as leaders’ margins decrease, so does their spiritual vitality. But margins in business create profits; margins in family create memories; margins in personal finances create opportunities; and in all of life, margins create options to pursue dreams, pray, plan, and reflect. So create moments each week to practice the Sabbath. Building in times of rest will pay dividends.

Leaders are targets, so we all have to be grounded spiritually. Otherwise the pressures of leadership will get to you. We must continually grow in our faith and seek to know God more and more. Leaders must protect their hearts and constantly look for ways to grow and improve their inner lives, as well as their outer lives. The leader’s heart is vital to being a change maker.

Passion for God makes us generous, active and bold. If you’re struggling to become a better leader, perhaps you should put down that sales book or take a break from those online videos on time management. Instead nurture your spiritual development first. Petition God to light a fire for His glory inside of you. Spend time in prayer and reflection and the Scriptures. Develop your heart for God and trust that He will help you lead well.

Excerpt from Chapter 3 of The Catalyst Leader by Brad Lomenick. Used with permission from Thomas Nelson, Inc.



Brad Lomenick is the executive director of Catalyst, a movement dedicated to equipping and training the next generation of leaders. Over the last eleven years, Catalyst has grown in influence and reach, now offering three annual conference events on the East and West coasts and in Dallas, regional One Day events, multiple resources, a dedicated online magazine, online community, the Filter content program, a bi-weekly podcast, and many other tools for young leaders. Learn more from Brad and his excellent team of leaders by attending Catalyst West.

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John E Miller avatar
John E Miller
0 days ago
The greatest example is Jesus Himself when here on earth. His constant practise was to withdraw from public view and spend time in prayer, in the company of His Fathe.
David Buffaloe avatar
David Buffaloe
0 days ago
Excellent article. Thank you!
Amelia Gaillard avatar
Amelia Gaillard
0 days ago
Sad if "Even if you are only able to set aside five minutes during the day to walk and pray, or simply read a few scriptures, you need to commit to this." is all we have for Him. Blessings to all as we seek His face above all others.
Amelia Gaillard avatar
Amelia Gaillard
0 days ago
Sad if "Even if you are only able to set aside five minutes during the day to walk and pray, or simply read a few scriptures, you need to commit to this." is all we have for Him. Blessings to all as we seek His face above all others.
Ephrem Hagos avatar
Ephrem Hagos
0 days ago
God's face, a.k.a., the image of God, viz.: life-giving Spirit, i.e., self-sufficient life, is found in the following incidents: man's Creation at Paradise (Gen. 2: 7-9), at Sinai the holy mountain (Ex. 3: 1-15), and lastly at the kind of death Jesus suffered (Matt. 27: 50-56; John 19: 30-37)
Ephrem Hagos avatar
Ephrem Hagos
0 days ago
God's face, a.k.a., the image of God, viz.: life-giving Spirit, i.e., self-sufficient life, is found in the following incidents: man's Creation at Paradise (Gen. 2: 7-9), at Sinai the holy mountain (Ex. 3: 1-15), and lastly at the kind of death Jesus suffered (Matt. 27: 50-56; John 19: 30-37)
Brian Wilson avatar
Brian Wilson
0 days ago
Yes, I take Amelia Gaillard's point - the article is helpful up to a point. Robert Murray McCheyne, the Scottish minister so signally blessed by God in the early nineteenth century, was once asked what his congregation's greatest need was. His reply was, "My personal holiness."
Dezrine Tomlinson avatar
Dezrine Tomlinson
0 days ago
This is a good article.We cant lead if we are weak.Thank you .
Karen Wood avatar
Karen Wood
0 days ago
Good article, but your word "margins" left me thinking, huh????? What are you talking about? Although I figured it out, I'm sure I'd have enjoyed the article reading it the first time more if I had understood at the beginning what "margins" were. I thought about margins on the paper when typing.
Charles Ingwe avatar
Charles Ingwe
0 days ago
I am blessed. I needed this.
Paul Wallace avatar
Paul Wallace
0 days ago
In the biography of nearly every great man or woman of God, you'll find they rose early to spend hours with the Lord.
Simeon Ngezahayo avatar
Simeon Ngezahayo
0 days ago
God bless you for developing such good topics!!!
Steve Shepherd avatar
Steve Shepherd
0 days ago
Excellent. The Lord be praised. Mark 1:35 "Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed." If Jesus needed time alone with God then what about us?
Alice Motende avatar
Alice Motende
0 days ago
Thank you so much for the wise words of encouragement from God. May the Almighty God abundantly bless you in a mighty way. Alice.
Ronald Smith avatar
Ronald Smith
0 days ago
Margins - Thank You.
Benjamin Pine Lampad avatar
Benjamin Pine Lampad
0 days ago
Thank you for such Excellent article,keep up..

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