Saturday, March 9, 2013

Servant Leadership...Community!

And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as you see the day approaching. (Heb.10:24-25)

Hello friends! I want to welcome you all back to our last of the 10 Principles of Servant Leadership. I opened up this series with an intro giving all of us an overview of the 10 principles. I then followed up with a series of posts that broke down principles 1-9 in an effort to become more effective servant-leaders. In our tenth principle, we will talk about community. Here's the summary of the 10th principle, community.

Building Community - Servant-leaders are aware that the shift from local communities to large institutions as the primary shaper of human lives has changed our perceptions and has caused a feeling of loss. Servant-leaders seek to identify a means for building community among those who work within a given institution. 

Building strong and healthy communities is the goal of every servant-leader. The above scripture verse encourages us to consider one another provoking love and to do good works. Building a community is obviously a team sport that requires the willing coordination and effort to make life as simple as possible for everyone around us. When we are able to team up with other people who are not like-minded, but are also passionate about creating strong and healthy communities, the possibilities are virtually endless. 

As Christian servant-leaders, the expectation is not only in helping build strong and healthy communities, it's also imperative that the people who make up the community would be Christ-minded as well. An excellent example of that will be when we interact with others through missions and evangelistic efforts in our own communities and abroad. In today's world, we also have what's called virtual communities. We can different virtual communities in Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, among so many other "social" sites. Facebook is what I consider to be the most "family-oriented" community. Whereas LinkedIn is a community for professionals. Twitter is great for little snapshots of what happens during the day of the people we follow. 

Whether the community we live in is virtual or not, as Christian servant-leaders, it's extremely important that Jesus is brought to the front-lines of our purpose for being in said community. Anyone who follows me on Facebook will learn two different sides to my life. You will have the opportunity to get to know my personal life as well as my ministerial life. This blog site has in effect become a community of sorts with people from all around the world taking a few minutes out of their day to read a post for their own benefit as well as the benefit of others. 

No matter what community we find ourselves in, let's all keep in mind why God has placed us there to begin with. God has placed  you where He has you to make a lasting impact in your community with eternity in mind. As we approach our respective communities with Christ-likeness, we will not only see the lives of others transformed, but our very own lives will be transformed. Back in 2010, I had the wonderful honor and privilege to be able to serve on a missions team during our time in Colombia. As I was blessed to be able to testify, witness, and minister to the lives of the people in this beautiful country, my life was forever changed. The eternal impact we make in the lives of others will create strong and vibrant communities that will foster and further encourage to do the same for their own people. Not only was their lives changed, but mine has changed with them and for them. When I finally left Colombia and got back home, I was able to continue the momentum in my community by doing the same for my next door neighbor as I have done for my friends in a foreign country.

My life since then has never been the same. Only God knows for sure, but maybe God will send me to your community and become a modern-day Paul to the lives of those there. We are living in a generation and era where the internet has bridged all of us into our computer screens and mobile devices. Now the words being typed into this blog has a nice following from people from all around the world. These are very exciting times indeed my friends and God continues to guide and direct me to your computer screen and your mobile devices almost every single day. Every single one of us are essentially a COMMUNITY OF BELIEVERS. My hope and prayer is that this virtual community becomes an opportunity to one day be able to visit all of my followers and readers in person to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to your "doorstep" and share in the wonderful community of supportive and encouraging individuals. 

There you have it my awesome friends! With Jesus as the centerpiece of each and every one of our lives, there is no language barrier or cultural backgrounds that will prevent us from being effective witnesses of Jesus Christ in not only our own communities, but in any community that God chooses to send us to. I want to thank you for reading this far my friends! I hope and pray that all of you have a fantastically blessed weekend. May God continue to bless you and keep you all! Jesus loves you and so do I!!!...:-)