A leader must be able to see beyond the current situation of an individual and by faith believe that God is able to do something great in that person’s life. A leader must have a vision and pray accordingly.
Ideas are a great moving force of history. Having a godly mind enlarges our thinking capacity. Here at CLPRM we are so thankful for the godly leadership our Father gives us. We continue to believe with a vision, not thinking like the world thinks, but as God would choose us to do so.
“Do not conform any longer to the patterns of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able know what God’s will is, His good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2-3)
“Where there is no vision, people perish.” (Proverbs 29:18)
A leader’s thinking must be shaped by the following:
Vision: Carl Sandburg said, “Nothing happens unless it is first a dream.” Vision is seeing what everybody has seen but thinking what nobody has thought. And doing what most people dream of.
Values: Values have to do with how we treat people, how we do our work, what is vital to us. Values are the standards, the principles, and the code of conduct that characterize the organization. Values aren’t dreamt; they already exist.
Venture: What are we willing to risk? Organizations that make a difference are willing to think outside the box.
Vehicle: What will get us there? How can we accomplish our desired outcome? A dream without a strategy is merely wishful thinking, but with a strategy it becomes a powerful reality.
Victory: A leader thinks like a champion. The result is to move forward, to accomplish goals, to be God’s faithful servant, to celebrate being a part of God’s kingdom.
Effective leaders must have perseverance. (Hebrews 10:36)
Effective leaders accomplish seemingly impossible tasks because they never give up. They never buckle under pressure. Despite mounting criticism, intense opposition and overwhelming obstacles, they persevere.
Effective leaders have determined resolve. They refuse to quit. Even when it is far easier to give up, forget about one’s dream, and return to the comfort and convenience of mediocrity. Great power is embodied in persistence. The race is not always won by the fastest or the game by the strongest, but rather by the one who keeps on keeping on, who refuses to give up. It is always too soon to quit.
One of the most powerful and destructive tools Satan uses is discouragement, the subtle but dangerous compulsion to give up, to quit, saying, “What’s the use?” When you are tempted to quit: resist. We must endure in the battle until the evil day is over. We must press on in the face of the temptation to quit. Until the war is over, we must fight to the end. Until the race is finished, we must keep running. Until the wall is built, we must keep stacking bricks.
Never give up. Never. The promises of God are always at the end.