Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."As a church leader, part of your responsibility is to support and promote God's mission for the church.
Cradle of Authority Seen in the Great CommissionJesus said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me." We go out in His power and authority, not our own. If church leaders don't get this issue of authority settled, they might hinder the Body from doing their part in fulfilling the Great Commission. Click below for how leadership tendencies could have this effect. After reading some thoughts on that answer, use your back button and continue on this page.
- feel my position as a leader gives me authority
- find myself picking and choosing what I put under His authority and what I hold in control
Charge of Responsibility Given in the Great CommissionJesus exhorted His disciples to make disciples. Notice the qualifying factors.
"Make disciples of all nations." - Think big when it comes to making disciples (all). ... Be outward focused, always looking at the big picture.
- I don't see outreach as my primary responsibility. Other people are more qualified to make disciples.
- Evangelism is almost an obsession. Everything I do is about making disciples.
Center of FocusThroughout the entire discipleship process, attention should go to the Lord. The Great Commission takes people beyond salvation in the Lord Jesus to:
- publically identifying with God ("baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit")
- learning to let Him be Lord and not simply Savior ("teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you")
- struggle to keep programs or my agenda from becoming the focal point
- struggle to keep myself as the leader from becoming the focal point
Case for Confidence Found in the Great CommissionHow easily insecurities can set in as we seek to reach out and disciple others. Leaders are not exempt from fear of failure, concerns about what people will think, and other uncertainties about the process. Fears and insecurities do not have to immobilize if we pay careful attention to the reason we can move forward with confidence to fulfill the Great Commission. -- Jesus said, "surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
Click below on what tends to make you feel insecure. After reading some thoughts on that answer, use your back button and continue on this page.
- get to feeling like I'm alone in this, that others don't see it
- get to feeling like I'm inadequate for the task
Challenge to Make Discipleship Important in All Leadership Tasks
The Practicum on this site shows leaders how to be proactive in helping the Church implement God's mission to make fully devoted followers of Jesus. Click on leadership tasks below to read how discipleship infiltrates all of a leader's responsibilities.
budgeting & church finances
church growth & health
committees, boards, ministry teams
job (ministry) descriptions
record-keeping & reporting
vision casting & goal setting
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