LISTEN: The Leader’s Challenge, Part 5 (Leadership That Gets the Job Done #5 with Daniel Whyte III)


Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

Ultimately, if the job is not done, goals are not reached, and the team does not win, then the leader is not doing his job well, because, as Dr. Lee Robinson or John Maxwell said, “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” The simple purpose of this podcast is to help those who are called to the ministry define what leadership is and how they can effectively lead others to do great things for the glory of God in the world. As the father of modern missions, William Carey said, “Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.”

Our Bible verse for this episode is Proverbs 16:7 which says, “When a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.”

Our quote for this episode is from Henry Ford. He said, “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”

In this podcast, we are using as our text, Spiritual Leadership: Moving People On To God’s Agenda by Henry and Richard Blackaby.

Our topic today is part 5 of “Chapter 1: The Leader’s Challenge”, where we look at the challenge of technology.

— Leadership: In the Church

Like every segment of society, the religious community has suffered from a leadership drought. Jesus warned his followers about false prophets who would rise up to lead the unwary astray, but who could have anticipated the plethora of would-be spiritual leaders who have flooded the airwaves and descended upon churches with their books and prophecies, clamoring for followers? It is incomprehensible that well-educated professionals with lucrative jobs, upscale houses, and comfortable lifestyles would sell everything and abandon their families, friends, and reputations to follow a self-declared messiah such as Jim Jones or David Koresh.

It is even more amazing that sincere people would follow such delusional prophets to violent deaths for the sake of oblique causes. What turns people into sycophants who do the bidding of deluded, self-appointed messiahs? Could it be there is such an enormous vacuum of genuine leaders that would-be saviors always find a ready market of followers looking for someone to enhance the quality of their lives?

The modern church faces an array of challenges it must overcome if it is to thrive in the future. The following are three major issues the church must effectively address.

LACK OF EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP

Modern society is displaying widespread and growing interest in spiritual issues. Amazingly, at a time of renewed societal interest in things spiritual, most American churches are plateaued or declining. According to George Barna, “The American church is dying due to a lack of strong leadership. In this time of unprecedented opportunity and plentiful resources, the church is actually losing influence. The primary reason is the lack of leadership. Nothing is more important than leadership.” The church has answers to the most pressing questions people are asking, yet society views the church with increasingly skeptical eyes. Tragically, church leaders are regularly being exposed for immorality or unethical conduct.

Burnout among ministers is widespread. Pastoral firings are commonplace. Today’s pastors must deal with controversial dilemmas much more complex and divisive than clerics faced a generation ago. In a society addicted to entertainment and pleasure, the church faces stiff competition for holding congregants’ attention. Churches require leaders who can not only overcome the enormous challenges but also attract new members and secure the necessary resources to finance an increasingly expensive organization. Though many theological seminaries are enjoying healthy enrollments, denominational leaders continue to bemoan the fact these schools are graduating so few leaders. Although the leadership shortage is universally acknowledged, there is little consensus on how to discover and develop them.

RELIGIOUS CONSUMERISM

In our consumer-oriented society, companies inundate us with every manner of promise and incentive. Churches also compete for our allegiance, expending enormous energy and resources to attract both believers and nonbelievers. The result is a smorgasbord of congregations offering something to satisfy every palate. In some churches sin or anything “negative” is never mentioned. Other churches strive to be politically correct, changing their doctrines with every shifting wind in society. Then there are the Hollywood-driven churches seizing every new entertainment fad in their crusade to be relevant.

World religions are growing in record numbers dotting the skyline with their enormous temples. Religious offerings are easily accessible on television, radio, and the Internet. If your current place of worship has offended, neglected, or bored you, a “new and better” religious experience is just down the street or on the next channel.

OPPOSITION

For centuries the Christian church has been preeminent in the Western world. Towns throughout Europe were dominated by cathedrals and church spires. If a public occasion called for a prayer, Americans would expect it to come from a minister in the Christian tradition. Those days are gone. In an ironic turnaround, now that American society values political correctness above all else, the Christian church is habitually ridiculed and subjected to flagrant public discrimination.

Atheists and those adamantly opposed to the Christian faith have become increasingly vocal and belligerent. Now it is de rigeur to condemn the church for being intolerant of alternative lifestyles or life choices. Church leaders who were once politely accepted in society are now just as likely to be met with ridicule and antagonism. Whereas once churches were involved in the community and their presence was expected, now the welcome mat has been decisively yanked from under the Christian community. For churches to enjoy success in an increasingly secularized culture, they need a different kind of leadership than that to which they have been accustomed.

— Leadership: In the Home

Scripture has volumes to say about the leadership role of parents. It declares: “The one who lives with integrity is righteous; his children who come after him will be happy”. Yet the Bible reveals the failings of numerous fathers among the saints. Samuel, one of God’s greatest leaders in biblical times, failed miserably to raise his two sons to be godly men. David was Israel’s most successful monarch, but he neglected his children and suffered dearly for his error.

History reveals numerous people who were heralded as great leaders in politics, business, or the church; and yet they could not keep their own children from pain and rebellion. John Rockefeller, an oil tycoon, built one of the most powerful companies in the world, but he was estranged from his daughter Edith, and no power at his disposal could bring her back to him.

Tragically, many people who are great leaders in public for whatever reason leave their problem-solving ability, people skills, and team-building instincts at the front door when they return home to their families. While this is not a book about parenting, it should be stated there is no greater leadership position you can hold than being a parent. Whether you see yourself as a leader or not, if you are a parent, you owe it to your children to learn to lead as effectively as possible.

If the Lord tarries His Coming and we live, we will continue this topic in our next podcast.

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— PRAYER —

Ultimately, if the job is not done, goals are not reached, and the team does not win, then the leader is not doing his job well, because, as Dr. Lee Robinson or John Maxwell said, “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” The simple purpose of this podcast is to help those who are called to the ministry define what leadership is and how they can effectively lead others to do great things for the glory of God in the world. As the father of modern missions, William Carey said, “Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.”

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If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here’s how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

God bless.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.