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1 St. Louis Christian College April 11, 2015

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8 PART 1

9 Dr. David Roadcup

10 The Church of Jesus Christ is the most important institution on the face of the earth!

11 The heart of Christian leadership is a healthy, growing spiritual life. God is calling us to grow in our spiritual walks with Him.

12 Therefore, putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, 2 like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, 3 if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord.

13 11 And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. 14 As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; 15 but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.

14 Your heart is the totality of the inner person the control tower, the cockpit. Your inner person is the seat of your character, the origin of your desires, affections, perceptions, thoughts, reasonings and conscience. Max Lucado Above all else, guard your heart for it is the wellspring of your life. Proverbs 4:23

15 We grow and mature in our faith through a regular practice of the classic spiritual disciplines. Full participation in the life of God s Kingdom and in the vivid companionship of Christ comes to us only through appropriate exercise in the disciplines for life in the spirit. --Dallas Willard

16 Word of God Prayer Meditation Obedience Fellowship Fasting Secrecy Journaling Solitude Service Stewardship The Role of Suffering

17 You can t feed anyone if you are starving to death yourself. You can t empower anyone if you are living a powerless life yourself. You can t lead anyone to places of spiritual depth where you have not been yourself.

18 Spiritual leadership flows out of a person s vibrant intimate relationship with God. You cannot be a spiritual leader if you are not meeting with God in profound, life-changing ways.

19 Reading books Online articles and information CD/DVDs Online Podcasts Conferences & Seminars...

20 Emotional buy-in What does that look like? I give my time I give my prayer I give my attention I give my spiritual gifts. I give my money?

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22 An effective elder knows the importance and value of connecting with the people in his congregation. The only thing we have around here is people. -- Lee Iacocca People are the reason for our existence.

23 29 Aaron shall carry the names of the sons of Israel in the breastpiece of judgment over his heart when he enters the holy place, for a memorial before the LORD continually. 30 You shall put in the breastpiece of judgment the Urim and the Thummim, and they shall be over Aaron s heart when he goes in before the LORD; and Aaron shall carry the judgment of the sons of Israel over his heart before the LORD continually.

24 God s number one priority is people. God, who is in the people business, has also called us into people-centered living. Thus, the most God-like thing a shepherd can do is to give people the priority God gives us and to treat people the way Jesus did. Lynn Anderson, They Smell Like Sheep, Vol. 2

25 Your first and foremost discipling group is your wife and children. You must have a good relationship with the preaching minister and paid staff of the church. Connect with your fellow elders on a regular basis. Know them and connect with the deacons/ministry team leaders Know the informal influencers of the church.

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27 Growing in his spiritual life Mentally engaged Emotionally invested Relationally aware

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30 PART 2

31 Dr. Gary Johnson

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34 V Chapters 1-7 (44%) = Three years of Christ s ministry Chapters 8-10 (19%) = Final six months of Christ s ministry Chapters (37%) = Final week in the life of Jesus

35 Mark 8:31-38 A healthy team knows and pursues the mission. Spiritual myopia Egocentric = My ministry is more important than your ministry. Divine Arrhythmia

36 Mark 9:2, A healthy team is continually in training.

37 Mark 9:19, A healthy team is teachable. Lencioni s Team Effectiveness Exercise

38 Mark 9:33-35 A healthy team is humble.

39 knows and pursues the mission. is continually in training. is teachable. is humble.

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46 Elmfork Christian Church (Nicholasville, Kentucky)

47 Everybody loves the small, friendly, highly evangelistic church! Ben Merold, Harvester Christian Church St. Charles, Missouri

48 Ministry Ministry Mission Church Ministry Ministry Church Ministry Ministry Maintenance Church Ministry Museum/Mausoleum

49 Dr. Joe Ellis Late Dean Emeritus of Cincinnati Bible Seminary Author of The Church on Purpose

50 COME & MEET OTHERS COME & LISTEN to OTHERS COME & GROW w/ OTHERS COME & SERVE OTHERS COME & LEAD OTHERS Community Curious Convinced Committed Commissioned Needs met by Christians Accepting Christ as Savior 2 nd Year in Small Groups Recognized as Leader Potential

51 Community Curious Convinced Committed What if a level is missing? How does it effect the individual? The congregation? Commissioned

52 Values the lost by being openly involved in their community. Values the Gospel by actively evangelizing the lost. Values new Christians by continually providing for their spiritual growth. Values ministry by equipping & resourcing believers to serve. Values maturity by recognizing and commissioning them to lead

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