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 Psalm 37:5 which says, “Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.”
Our quote for this episode is from Phil Buckley. He said, “People will emulate leaders’ behaviors, believing they have silent permission to parrot actions demonstrated at the top of the power hierarchy.”
In this podcast, we are using as our texts three books: Spiritual Leadership: Moving People On To God’s Agenda by Henry and Richard Blackaby; Next Generation Leader, by Andy Stanley; and Everyone Communicates, Few Connect, by John Maxwell.
Our topic today is Part 1 of “Chapter 2: Doing the Right Things” from “Next Generation Leader: 5 Essentials for Those Who Will Shape the Future,” by Andy Stanley
Romans 12:6 & 8 says, “We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is… leadership, let him govern diligently.”
Leaders in the first-century church had no model to follow and no traditions from which to draw. Consequently, they had no choice but to develop the structure of the church as they went along. As you might expect, the primary leadership responsibilities fell to the handful of men who had spent the most time with Jesus. That was fine in the early days. But as the church grew, it became impossible for the apostles to keep all the plates spinning. This growing tension created the need for broader leadership in the early church.
Acts 6:1-7 says, “In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Grecian Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, ‘It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.’ This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism. They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them. So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.”
It’s hard to imagine the apostle Peter as a waiter. But as the church grew, he and the other eleven apostles found themselves in the food service business. The widows in the first-century church had to be cared for. Somebody had to do it. And nothing was beneath these men.
After all, these were the fellows who had watched in dismay as Jesus stooped to wash their feet. They knew all about servant leadership. They had learned from the Master Servant Himself. So, if the widows needed to be fed, why not go ahead and feed them?
But eventually the job outgrew them. More and more of their time was being consumed by administrative activities. And apparently administration wasn’t something they were exceptionally good at, because before long it appeared that they were being partial to the Hebraic Jews in the daily distribution of foods.
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.