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What is more important?

To have success in the World?

or Follow Jesus.


JESUS: "Nice" Shepherd or Good Shepherd?

I am the good shepherd,
and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd."
John 10:14-16

Nice Shepherd? Jesus was NOT the "Nice" Shepherd. He IS the GOOD Shepherd. He's not indecisive. He knows what He's doing and where He's taking you. He doesn't mince words. The power of Life is in His words. He has all the angels of Heaven at His command but He doesn't need them because He IS LIFE. He uses the Shepherd's Staff to guide with grace, and knows how to use the Shepherd's Rod to correct and protect. He doesn't back down when confronted. He defends those whom He loves with His Life. ... Don't get Him angry.



The Body of Christ needs good leaders who are devoted to seeing the Love of Christ moving freely in and through the hearts of every individual and family that walks through the church doors.

And why should leadership have such devotion? Is it for political fame in the Christian Society? Is it for vocational success within the world? Is it just a job that has fallen upon them because no-one else wants to do it?

No. It's because a good leader sees their own life in that same Body, and deeply desires to see it to the fullest -- in Christ (John 10:10b). But even though we can do all things through Christ (Philippians 4:13), ... we will be have our greatest victories, when we stand together in His Love.

The job of leadership (which includes one or more pastors) is to keep in unison a local body of believers and guide them towards the destiny that God has called that body of believers to accomplish in the area and time where God has placed them. (A better explanation is found in Ephesians 4:12-32)

Church leadership is not, can not and must not be a one-man show. Nor is church leadership a democracy. Both of those conditions are frameworks where our pride so easily allows the subtle working of the Jezebel and Ahab demonic spirits (among others) to crepe in and choke off the prophetic anointing that should be flowing in every body of believers.

The Church doesn't need strong-headed leaders, nor does it need "nice" leaders.

The Church Needs Good Leaders:

Good church leadership is constantly involved in discovering, developing, nurturing and utilizing God's gifts within everyone in the body (including themselves). Because it is in Christ, that we, together, find our true character. It is in Him that we, together, find healing and wholeness. It is in Him that we, together, find True Love and the Truth that makes us Free and able to live Life to the fullest.


The time is at hand

Jesus is not dead and still hanging on the Cross. He is the Resurrected and LIVING Messiah, and HIS KINGDOM is at hand -- our hand -- on earth as it is in Heaven. We can sit in church and feel God's love as much as we want, but the world will not know it until they see it through our actions - inside and outside of the church walls.

A big house is not what makes a good home.

If our goal is only about the number of members in our church club, then all we need to do is to keep finding more ways to keep ourselves entertained.

For some, this might be a hard pill to swallow...

Here's the general prescription for QUALITY growth in the church: A good foundation, seems to take longer at the beginning, but without it the house will not stand. Only when it has a solid support structure, wil a local Body of believers be ready for the numbers to increase solidly. Even if your numbers don't accelerate, your favor with the Lord will. And it will be hard NOT to bear much fruit, just as a strong light in the darkness is hard not to be attracted to!

Who are we?
... and who are we following?

Every believer is a king and a priest (Revelation 1:6) and only Jesus the Messiah, is our KING of kings. And as we gather together as His flock, it is Jesus Christ who is our Shepherd. Leadership does not take the place of Christ, but are those among us that help us stay focused and following Christ.

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This is 10th in the series of 10 articles entitled: "Leadership Issues" found in StepStay Freein the website:

For better understanding of this article, it is best to view all the articles in this series in context, with the Holy Bible at your reference and the Holy Spirit in your heart.

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