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Summary: New Testement Leadership

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Introduction to New Testament Leadership

A Shepherds Heart

1) What are your expectations for the course?

2) Write down the mission statement of the church.

3) Write down why the church exists.

4) Tell me why you want to be a leader in this church.

My expectations on you as a leader:

o Prioritize public meetings

o Unless you are sick or out of town

o Prioritize our corporate prayer times

o Come prepared to contribute

o Apostolic meetings take priority over all

My commitment to you

I will:

o Support you publicly

o Always desire the best for you

o Deal with you with open hands

o You are God’s leaders

o Be faithful to play whatever roll I can to ensure that you get the promotions in God and that you walk into His fullness in every area of your life

A Shepherd’s Heart

“The heart of the shepherd is the closest thing to the heart of God for His church.”

He goes on to say …

“A shepherd’s heart is a required attitude in all leadership ministries and especially in governmental ministries.”

Frank Damazio

Probably the least used title for a leader in history … and yet God emphasizes the heart of the shepherd.

Numbers 27:15–17 … Moses’ leadership is coming to an end … he asks God for a shepherd…

1 Kings 22:17 … no shepherd results in defeat…

Jesus is always our perfect example and never more so than in the area of shepherding God’s people.

Which of the Ephesians 5 fold ministry is the most important one? The pastor

You have no right to prophecy anything over somebody if you do not love them …

John 21:15

There is a progression here

Lambs to sheep

Sheep to Shepherds

The difference between sheep and shepherds is selfishness

Sheep live for themselves

Shepherds live for the flock

My agenda for this time of training is to stir the shepherd’s heart in you

Everything we do flows from this foundation

Matt 22:34

We love God and we love people

The Shepherd as a Servant Leader

John 10:1-18

We don’t need any more shepherds that are going to betray the flock – we have enough of them already. We need some servant-hearted leaders who will lay down their lives for the flock.

1) V3 There are watchmen

There is security

Prayer

Protection

In the natural shepherds used to build observation towers

Speaks of great effort

Speaks of great foresight … the shepherd by nature must be a far seeing watchman.

Lazy shepherds leave the flock open to attack

Begin to pray for the sheep

Psalm 121:3–8

Jer 31:10

Luke 2:8

Ezekiel 3:17

2) V3 There is a gate

Again this speaks of protection and authority – as to who comes in.

But also a coming and going of the sheep … freedom

If the sheep stay penned they will die

3) V3 They listen to his voice

Because they trust him …

This speaks strongly of integrity and strength of character

There is also a sense of a proven testimony

1 Tim 3:10 … they must first be tested

4) V3 He calls his sheep by name

There is a great sense of intimacy

The sheep have their own identity to the shepherd

Not numbers … not tithes … not simply a nameless mass

Derek Prince … each elder should be able to pastor 75 –100 people

5) V4 He leads them out and goes ahead of them


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