ARE YOU A LEADER OR ARE YOU A WORKER?
AND THE INSTRUCTIONS WHICH YOU HAVE HEARD FROM ME ALONG WITH MANY WITNESSES, TRANSMIT AND ENTRUST (AS A DEPOSIT) TO RELIABLE AND FAITHFUL MEN WHO WILL BE COMPETENT AND QUALIFIED TO TEACH OTHERS ALSO
2 TIMOTHY 2:2
This 2x2x2 verse is a good example of what I call the doubling up principle.
It’s not just about getting a job done-but a CAUSE accomplished.
This then leads up to the question- are you a leader or a worker?
Workers are good and noble people. Jesus taught us to pray asking for more labourers in Matthew 9.
But leaders are different. As we introduce people to leadership within the church, we may often say. we are not asking you to give any more time by way of service, give the same time-but give it as a leader not a worker. Which requires a substantial mind set shift.
1. A worker asks what must I do? A leaders asks who must I develop?
2. A worker shows values in his life, a leader teaches values from out of his life.
3. A worker often thinks-“I’m indispensable”, a leader thinks, ‘who can I entrust with these responsibilities’
4. A worker will always put himself on a rota, a leader will use a rota to train others.
5. A good worker will say-“it’s important to pray and be at a prayer meeting”, a leader will say, “I must bring my disciples with me to the prayer meeting and show them how important this is”.
6. The good worker will be clear on the task in hand, the good leader will be clear on the person in hand.
7. A good worker will give all of his time-and more, to the task. The leader will give at least 30% of his time in training and teaching others.
The leaders will be able to answer 6 critical questions, whilst the workers may not ask any questions.
1. Why do we exist?
-Are we all trying to do the same thing?
-Is there collective commitment?
-Is the vision clear and are others able to run with it?
2. How do we behave?
-What are our values? If we are tolerant of everything we will stand for nothing.
–How do we hold values whilst expressing grace?
3. What do we do?
-What is the church’s core business?
-How did Jesus describe the Kingdom?
4. How will we succeed?
-What is our team’s strategy for getting the job done? Strategy is one of the most widely employed and poorly defined concepts.
5. What is the most important thing right now?
–If everything is important nothing is important
-Are we ‘anchored’-can we grow?
6. Who must do what-and are they clear on it?
– Are the ‘leave it with me’s’ clear?