One of my all-time favorite movie scenes is from Remember the Titans, when Julius Campbell said to Gerry Bertier, “Attitude reflects leadership, captain.” What an important statement of truth (and what a turning point in that movie)!
Attitude does reflect leadership, and leadership that lasts is good leadership – leadership that impacts others for the better. Such leadership comes by the grace of God when people trust in and look to Him for wisdom and help.
I am so blessed and grateful to have been the lead pastor of Richland Baptist Church for nearly 9.5 years now. During my time as pastor, our church has experienced a sweet spirit of unity and resulting spiritual growth. Praise the Lord!
The reason for such fruitfulness, I believe, is because of leadership that lasts. Before I became pastor, our church was already blessed with godly lay leaders who were faithfully serving Jesus and helping others faithfully serve Jesus. That is discipleship.
No, none of them was or is perfect, as no one besides the Lord is perfect. Yet, godly leadership has been used by God to make disciples and grow this church. Godly leaders were here before me, and more godly leaders have come and/or been raised up since I arrived. To God be the glory!
A great example of this reality is our preaching ministry. In my entire time as pastor, I have never – not once – had to look for someone from outside our church family to fill the pulpit on a Sunday morning. When we had an average of 60 people on Sunday mornings at the beginning of my pastorate, we still had a couple men who could preach God’s Word. Now, we have at least eight men who can and do preach God’s Word. Praise the Lord!
The lasting leadership and spirit of unity go far beyond the pulpit, though. Our church is full of men, women, teenagers, and children who are walking with Jesus and helping others walk with Jesus. People are using the gifts God has given them to be disciples who make disciples. That has caused our unity to be based on Jesus and His Word, and our leaders – pastors, deacons, family group leaders, youth ministry leaders, children’s ministry leaders, discipleship accountability group leaders, etc. – have truly led the way.
“Attitude reflects leadership, captain.” The attitude of gospel-centered unity is contagious in our church and why I have so loved being a pastor. Are we perfect? No. Can we be and do better? Of course. What a blessing to be part of such a godly, united family of faith, though!
On Sunday morning, Lord willing, I will be preaching through Acts 6:1-7 on “The Structure of Our Purpose,” which should be available later that day HERE. We will be considering what biblical leadership looks like, and why such a structure is so important. I am thankful to the Lord that our church is desiring and pursuing such faithfulness to the Word of God!
Leadership that lasts comes from the Lord. Do you have such leadership in your life? Are you seeking God’s help to be such a leader? If so, you will impact the attitude and behavior of those around you, and God will get the credit and the glory. Let us pursue His glory and others’ good! Let us follow and facilitate leadership that lasts!