The first thing that comes to my mind when thinking about My City Church and our leadership culture is our leadership motto that we say before every event.
“I am a leader. I am a person of influence. Today, I choose to be a blessing. With God’s help there is nothing I cannot do. Instead of being reactive I will be proactive. I know the answer, I am the solution.”
So let’s break this down:
“I am a leader. I am a person of influence.” - You are a leader. Whether you believe that about yourself or not, that is what God has called you to be. Why do I believe that? Let’s look to God’s word and read the parable of the talents found in Matthew chapter 25. It starts with a man (who represents God) giving talents to three men (who represent you and I). God has placed resources, people, and opportunity in our hands, and He has delegated to us the authority to do with that as we see fit. That is what makes you a leader.
“Today, I choose to be a blessing.” - As My City Church leaders, this is the decision that we have made concerning said resources, people, and opportunities. We are taking what God has put in our hands and choosing to be a blessing with them and to them. We are choosing to be faithful stewards of the things God has given us.
“With God’s help there is nothing I cannot do.” - We know our source. The only one we can draw our strength from is Christ alone. The only one we can build upon is Jesus. Just like in the parable of the talents, the men knew who their source was.
“Instead of being reactive, I will be proactive.” - We understand that one way we take care of our teams and provide great leadership to them is by not dumping mishandled tasks on them, but by delegating leadership and responsibility to them. Delegating is proactive. Delegating gives people clear direction and vision on what they are to accomplish. Delegating is being there every step of the way, assisting with whatever they may need. Choosing to be proactive puts your best foot forward. It is saying, “Everything I do, I do unto God. So it deserves my very best.”
“I know the answer, I am the solution.” - Something that I have been talking about with the Creative team a lot about is the line, “It may not be my fault, but it is my problem.” As the leaders of My City Church we are ALL-IN. This means that an issue we see may not be our fault, but it needs our attention, and we can be the solution. We actually see this played out in the parable of the talents quite well. Two of the men chose to be faithful with what was in their hands and make more than what they were originally given, but the third man chose to bury it in the sand. Burying it in the sand is actually a representation of abdicating the responsibility that was bestowed upon him. By saying something is not your fault and leaving it at that you are actually no better than the wicked man who buried his talent in the sand. By taking personal responsibility to see something through and ensuring that it is going to be the best it can, you are being a leader.
I want to leave you with this final thought:
As leaders in life, we understand it is so much more than the task at hand, but it is being spirit empowered with every resource at your disposal. How is the Holy Spirit empowering you today?
God I thank you for the leaders of My City Church. I pray that our leadership motto would not just be a mantra that we recite together, but it would be a lens in which we view every aspect of life. I pray that individuals that don’t view themselves as leaders would allow you to speak to their identity. I pray that every moment of every day we would choose to be a blessing with our time, talents, and resources. I pray that we would have a biblical view of who you are - our only and true source of life. I pray that you would help us to be proactive and think about the things that no one else is. I pray that you would help us to be open and available. Ready to be the solution whenever needed. And most importantly, I pray that we would be open to your spirit to lead, guide, and empower us in every sphere of life. We love you. In Jesus' mighty name we pray, Amen.
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