Monday, January 31, 2011

Training Leaders

"A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher" (Luke 6:40, NIV).

On Friday evening, it was my joy to be with Carolyn O'Neal (pictured center) and Debbie Stuart (pictured right) at Midnight Madness leadership training at Houston's First Baptist Church. Both these ladies serve as Women's Ministry Directors - Carolyn at Houston's First and Debbie at Prestonwood Baptist Church in the Dallas area. Over 700 leaders gathered to be trained for church leadership positions. Debbie did the training for women (which was packed) and did an incredible job of reminding us that God is the one in whom we need to trust and listen to as we lead. Leadership training is important for everyone, regardless of how long we have been leading. I loved gleaming from Debbie as she shared truths and stories from the Word of God.

Sometimes we forget that everyone we lead doesn't know what we know. As a leader, we must continue to menter and train each one. When we look around and see things that did not happen, guess who is at fault? We are. Everything comes back to us as leaders. Join me in two commitments that I need to make: (1) continue to learn and be trained, and (2) continue to train every person. We should all be in training all the time!

May God bless you as you follow Him and as you train others to do likewise. We will be trained when we all look like Him (Luke 6:40).