Equipping Leaders enable people to fulfill their ministry. This requires that the leader provide whatever is within his or her power to encourage and invite that latent ABILITY to come to the surface.
Equipping leaders have developed a talent for detecting leadership potential in others. They are always looking for high potential people.
They see their role not just as maintenance in the form of keeping people happy and making sure everything runs smoothly.
Instead, they see their role as developing leadership potential.
These high-potential individuals are identified by their willingness to give of themselves, learn, and do more. The leader then dedicates time and effort to help them discover and fulfill their ministry.
In organizations of all kinds, people get caught up in power struggles rather than empowering others. In many cultures—including our own—the concept of leadership carries the connotation of having a “controlling influence.” According to Jesus, this definition of leadership is typical of the world.
“The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who have authority over them are called ‘Benefactors.’ But it is not this way with you, but the one who is the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like the servant” (Luke 22:25-26, NASB95).
In the kingdom of God, leadership is not for controlling people but for empowering people. It’s about raising people’s capacity to achieve something, to achieve their God-given ministry.
When our focus is on the right task, then our territorial power struggles disappear because everyone is knows all of us are in the business of lifting all the others.
The process of equipping has both a physical and a spiritual component. It includes providing equipment such as the tools and finances necessary to accomplish the task.
It is also directed at the individual’s spirit. Sometimes the greatest obstacles to success have nothing to do with the externals of the task, but live within the person.
Empowering leaders know not only how to provide the “things” of the job, but they also know how to build the CHARACTER necessary to complete the task.
Equipping has this dual focus: outward toward the physical resources needed and inward toward the emotional and spiritual resources of the individual.
Greg Waddell provides consulting services for churches and organizations. Contact Dr. Waddell today at gregwaddell[at]leadstrategic.com to discuss the needs of your organization.
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