LISTEN: Reality — Keep it Real, Part 9 (Strategic Christian Leadership #42 with Daniel Whyte III)


Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

The simple purpose of this podcast is to help Christian leaders understand how planning and strategizing is important to carrying out the Great Commission.

Our Strategic Christian Leadership Bible verse for this episode is Isaiah 41:10 which says, “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

Our Strategic Christian Leadership quote for this episode is from Napoleon Bonaparte. He said, “A leader is a dealer in hope.”

In this podcast, we are going through the fine books: “Advanced Strategic Planning: A New Model for Church and Ministry Leaders” by Aubrey Malphurs, “Deliberate Simplicity: How the Church Does More by Doing Less” by Dave Browning, and “Humilitas: A Lost Key to Life, Love, and Leadership” by John Dickson. If you enjoy this podcast, please feel free to purchase a copy of these books from our website podcastpulpit.com.

Our topic today is part 9 of “Chapter 3: Reality — Keep it Real” from “Deliberate Simplicity: How the Church Does More by Doing Less” by Dave Browning. He continues as follows:

God does not need superstars in order to advance his kingdom. Real people will do. A realistic approach delivers us from the “great man of God” theory. This is a faulty understanding of how God works in people’s lives. It creates an unhealthy relationship between leaders and followers. The leader is cast as the one through whom God will primarily work, thus creating a “bigger than life” image. Because of the special call of God on the leader, his actions are above question. This approach overlooks the biblical fact that while God has given us different gifts and roles, he intends to use every person, and we are all members of the same body.

George Barna wrote, “In past spiritual awakenings, dynamic preachers went into society to bring people into a local church for further development. This era of spiritual growth is different. It features millions of individuals quietly using the weapons of faith that God has given them to be scions of transformation within the framework of their typical space and connections. The starting point is internal, not external; the message is their own transformation by Christ, made real in their words and deeds.”

At CTK we see real people as the ministers. As a sign posted on a university bulletin board once had it, “No gurus is good gurus.” Every man, woman, boy, and girl has been created with ministry potential. Ministry does not require a great man, a great call, or a great gift. The man or woman God uses is common. God gives to every one of his children the permission to lead others to Christ. A friend once wrote me a great compliment: “Thank you for showing me that a real man can be less than perfect. Thank you for being extraordinarily ordinary.” I think I know now what I want on my tombstone.

Neil Cole is the founder of Church Multiplication Associates, an organization that has started hundreds of smaller house churches. While visiting one of the groups, he told them he thought Satan was more worried about their minichurch than about the megachurch in town. The group participants laughed, but Neil explained himself by asking, “How many of you could go out and start a church like one of those megachurches?” None of the group members raised their hands. “Okay, how many of you could start a church like this one?” They all raised their hands. Neil concluded, “I assure you, Satan is terrified by this.”

Francis Shaeffer said, “No little people and no little places.” Every believer is called into ministry. If God has saved you, he has saved you for a purpose. Some have greater gifts than others. But every believer is equipped to do God’s work. Ministry is simply meeting people where they are, with what they need, to get where they need to go.

Mother Teresa said, “You can do what I cannot do. I can do what you cannot do. Together we can do great things.”

In an organic construct, the pastor’s role is to create and sustain an environment wherein the people of the church can carry out their ministry with minimal obstacles and maximum fulfillment. He is not so much to do the ministry as to see that the ministry gets done.

Ephesians 4:11-13 says, “[Christ] gave some to be … pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”

If a church orients its ministry around its pastor, it loses its groundedness. In a church oriented around professional ministry, attenders tend to be passive observers, while professional ministers tend to be overworked. It’s not God’s method. From the Scriptures we get a philosophy, and from that philosophy we get a methodology: the pastors are to prepare God’s people for works of service. As a pastor moves toward a “prepare the real ministers” style of ministry, he moves toward greater effectiveness.

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

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— PRAYER —

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.