Tuesday, May 12, 2009

success and equipping

I'm just finishing up a really great book by Don Cousins called "Leadershift." Here are some of the things I hope to remember and apply:

What is Success?
- Success is being faithful – doing what God has called you to do, using that which He has given you.
- Success is bearing fruit, both internally and externally (internally as the fruit of the Spirit characterizes who you are; externally as the gifts of the Spirit make you a person of Christlike influence).
- Success is experiencing fulfillment, entering into the joy of God (see. Matt. 25:23) as you faithfully bear fruit out of that which God has given you.
- Success is making God famous by serving in “the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 4:11). The aim and the result of faithful, fruitful, and fulfilling service is to make God famous. (241-242).

Equipping

“The job of all leaders is to help their followers discover and use their gifts. This is the heart of what it means to equip the saints for the work of service” (236).

“Believers become a force of incredible influence when they begin using their gifts in an area of passion. The leaders’ job is to help them discover the piece of God’s heart deeded to them. This will require some exploration, experimentation, and the affirmation of the Holy Spirit in times of prayer” (240).

“Unfortunately many leaders focus their attention on the needs instead of the servers, and as a result, see servers as a means to an end. I call this approach, ‘usery,’ and it’s the opposite of equipping. ‘Usery’ takes something from someone in order to accomplish something else. Equipping gives something to someone for the purpose of building that person up. Leaders who focus their attention on accomplishing ministry objectives see the saints as the workforce to getting that done. They value a person’s contribution more than they value the person. The saints become a means to an end. Again, ‘usery’ – but no one wants to be used” (243).