Friday, December 30, 2011

Leadership Passion

Thom Rainer, in his 2005 book Breakout Churches, lists PASSION in leadership as the one ingredient that kept showing up in all the churches that had a "breakout moment. So I ask, where does a leader get passion, you can't buy passion at your local Walmart store, you can't get it by working-out at the local gym, so where does a leader get his passion?

Passion is that powerful and compelling emotion that drives a leader to reach his goals, or to fulfill his mission or vision. Without passion, no leader has ever lasted long enough to reach his goal. Without passion all leaders will fall into the slough of despond or the swamp of despair.

So, what is the fuel that feeds passion? What is the fuel that keeps passion alive in the leaders core being? Certainly, for the follower of Christ it is a surrendered heart and will to the King, to the Lord of the universe. The Leader who becomes a servant of Christ is fueled by the power of his King's vision, he is fueled and empowered by the love that he owes to his King.

When Leaders align themselves with Christ's vision for His church, they will be filled with passion and empowered to carry out their King's mission. Any leader who has been in a leadership position for any length of time will tell you that they are always realigning their lives to God's plan and His vision. This aligning of the leader's life to the will of Christ is what the apostle Paul meant when he said,  "For to me, living means living for Christ" (Philippians 1:21).

Rainer's research team discovered that leadership passion manifests itself when leaders have a clear grasp of their ministry passions (p.117). This clear grasp of ministry passion comes when the leader aligns himself with the King's vision.


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