The Basics That Build Leaders
by Dr. Waylon B. Moore
A godly leadership base is critical for lasting church growth. As I've traveled
extensively overseas and in the United States, I continue to discover that most
Christians have little idea how to specifically help a believer become a
growing, spiritual leader. If you will begin mentoring others in these six key
areas, God will transform you and your church!
, I shared the first three
of six basic handles
to build into the life of the person you're mentoring:
How to be filled with the Spirit
Personal Bible study
Specific, believing intercession
Three other basic handles
that need our focus now, are
Attitude: Seeing With His Eyes
4. Daily Obedience
All of the talent, human beauty, and Bible knowledge together cannot compensate
for a rebellious heart toward God.
Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft
(1 Samuel 15:23). As you model daily obedience to the Lord, the person you're
mentoring will be challenged to also let Christ be boss of his
Our life in Christ is not a daily run, although the Apostle Paul uses this
analogy, too. More often Paul uses the word walk to describe the
Christian life. It may seem plain and ordinary, but being in step
with Jesus brings supernatural and eternal dividends.
Walking that's the best way to describe the plodding gate of obedience.
Yes Lord. Yes, Lord. Yes. . . . However, the moment we disobey,
saying No, we stop walking and fall down spiritually. Unless we
confess the sin, we never get up and walk with Jesus again!
Also, unless our repentance and confession is very quick, we pay the
consequences of sin. Though God's memory is perfect, His patience is sometimes
like the Energizer Bunny (it keeps going, and going, and. . . .)
However, when He spanks us, He knows right where to do it: where it hurts!
Learning to walk in victory involves learning to listen to the Holy Spirit,
when His voice echoes Scripture in our hearts that has been implanted there. We
. . . be ye doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving your own
(James 1:22). To do the Word we must know the Word.
With some 575 direct commands in the New Testament, who can know or remember
them all at once? I asked the question, Isn't there an easier guide,
Lord, to help me learn to walk with you? And He gave me an insight. Link
your specific opportunities to follow Jesus with one main verse:
Take up your daily cross. Yes! The cross is choosing God's will for my life
I take up the instrument of death to myself and, led by His Spirit,
follow Jesus through the day. Each time that I deliberately choose the Father's
will for my life, He imparts His life in
of my death. Choosing Jesus runs interference from temptations that Satan would
try to tackle me like linebackers going after the running back.
Ministry follows obedience like a shadow. The will of God is never all that it
seems on the surface. When the Apostle Paul was jailed, he was
walking in obedience to Christ. Be sure that no contemporary of
Paul ever looked beyond that prison sentence, to dream that from it Scripture
would be written. From that isolation period were born Ephesians, Philippians
and other books of eternal gold.
the second most read book in 200 years, was written by Baptist pastor John
Bunyan while he served time in jail. He was jailed because He was obedient to
God in baptizing and preaching, outside of the State Church.
Biography in Scripture and the book of Proverbs are practical resources for
teaching the rewards for obedience, and the tragic consequences of sin. Why not
do a biographical Bible study with the one you're mentoring? Studying the life
of Asa or Saul, David or Caleb, will reap giant rewards in shaping hearts to
obedience. To know Christ is to love Him, resulting in our obedience. Obedience
enables us to abide in Him and fruit is the result (see
Jesus shared his public and private witnessing experiences with the disciples.
We are rich as we look over a disciple's shoulder reading about the
the well, the rich young ruler, and Nicodemus. Not witnessing together is the
missing link in most sterile, church mentor-relationships. Other than prayer
together, no ministry is as life changing, more leadership birthing and
bonding, than sharing the gospel together.
This work is the Spirit's delight! He gives us the boldness, brings the
circumstances together, leads in the verses and words we use, convicts the lost
and moves them to salvation. I have quoted John 10:4 many times as two of us
stepped onto a dark house porch to visit a lost family.
He goes on ahead of them, and the sheep follow him for they know
We need not fear. Jesus is on the porch ahead of us!
Many seek to mentor around a table doing Bible study. It is never enough.
There is no substitute for going and reaping together. And the joy one
experiences is contagious! Ask for a commitment to witness and visit together
for a number of weeks. It may take time to reap and
gather results. Restart your engines together, and you'll never be the same.
6. Attitude: Seeing With His Eyes
Learning to mentor means to learn to listen. The mouth exposes the heart every
time. We can be so full of what the mentoree needs to know, that we never
scratch where he itches.
Your attitude should be the same as Christ Jesus
). Attitude is everything with God.
you do is more important than
you do it.
Parents seem to hit at the surface. They respond much more to what kids
than find out what kids are feeling and thinking behind their actions. That
takes time to listen.
So it is in mentoring. God wants the attitude right the action is
secondary. Who has confronted you about your griping, yapping, and whining?
Mentors must. That kind of heart attitude reveals from your mouth a lack of
Is your Lord alive now, with you in this situation?
Paul knew the reality of a Roman dictatorship. However, with the promises of
God he lived in a faith dimension, seeing reality through the eyes of Christ. A
person climbing stairs to look out the window sees with a new perspective
above, beyond, what anyone standing below can see.
The Bible is filled with verses that lift our attitude. Paul contrasts God's
viewpoint with the world's:
(a fact of life in pressure)
yet always rejoicing
(seeing the circumstance with the eyes of Jesus). He continues:
as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing and yet possessing all
(2 Corinthians 6:10). The fruit of the Spirit is nine attitudes, if you will:
What a delightful book title on attitude:
Happiness Is a Choice.
Why did Paul and David both say in Scripture, I will, I can
do? They were seeing with God's eyes an impossibility made possible
the Divine viewpoint. Was Jesus a problem-prone whiner or a power-focused
person? Why do God's leaders see possibilities? Because they are looking with
the eyes of Christ. On their knees they've found the victory believing,
"claiming," a verse with God's viewpoint.
As I share attitude changes with a mentoree I make myself open for them to
confront me with my own whining. Whatever the level of pain or pressure, the
Holy Spirit will link us with Scripture to have the attitude of Christ.
God uses more than these six basics, of course, in our lives. But they are
giant steps that change lives when we release them to a hungry heart.
Sharpen your focus on these six basics. Ask the Lord to teach you these simple
yet profound areas once again. You'll see the ministry of the Spirit working
deeply in hearts hearts that have working handles on growing
in Christ and being the victorious leader He means for them to be!
This concludes Part Two.
Part One featured the first three handles:
to Basics (Part One)
Being Filled With The Spirit
The Living Word of God