Way #13  Open Doors for Others to Lead

 
OPEN DOORS FOR OTHERS TO LEAD. Encourage others to step into leadership by sharing responsibilities and mentoring.  Let go of the jobs you’ve always done and allow new leaders to emerge. Remember that our youth and young adults are not the future of our church but are vitally important for our present.
 
a Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28: 19, 20)
 
b He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.” (Matthew 9: 37, 38)
 
c Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity. (1 Timothy 4: 12)
 
Ideas for Action: As you consider whatever it is that you do regularly here, keep a look out for a younger person or a new member to invite to join you in the task. If the job requires training or coaching, offer it. Look to let go and hand off.
 
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Daily Devotionals

 
Monday:
Isaiah 43:19
The Spirit continually surprises the Church with new action and enterprise. When you Open Doorsfor Othersto Lead, you can see the Spirit act in new ways through new leaders. This involves trust and sometimes change, but it also allows us to see the new things the Spirit is calling us to. PRAY: for the Spirit to be preparing new lay leaders to carry us forward.

Tuesday:

Matthew 28:19
The beauty of the church is not that it is multi-generational, but that it is inter-generational. We aren’t many generations under one roof, but many generations working together towards one goal. When you Open Doors for Others to Lead, we draw generations to the table together to discern God’s will. PRAY: the Spirit of peace would cause multiple generations to be bound up together in God’s work.

Wednesday:

 Luke 1:38
Mary was around 13 when she said this. At 13, Mary makes a vital decision for the history of our faith and the world. Where would we be without that faithful 13 year old girl? When you Open the Door for Others to Lead, you could open the door to a 13 year old girl who could offer a vision of faithful obedience. PRAY: we would be ready to say to the Spirit’s leading what Mary did, “Let it be according to your will.”

Thursday:

Timothy 4:16
Youth for youth’s sake is not our goal nor is change for the novelty of it. We look for a new generation to carry the torch with diligence and perseverance. Opening Doors for Others to Lead involves wisdom and discernment to find those who would lead us in step with God’s will. PRAY: that God would help us discern who will be the right new leaders.

Friday:

Joshua 1:6
As new leaders step up, there will be opposition and discouragement. Just as God encouraged Joshua, we must encourage our leaders in the gifts and calling they have. A large part of Opening Doors for Others to Lead is reiterating God’s call into their lives. PRAY: the Spirit would give you the words of encouragement to say to our leaders both new and not new.

Saturday:

Acts 2:17
This is the vision of when the Spirit is poured out. Both young and old seeing visions and dreams. Both young and old empowered together by the Spirit of the living God. These are those days! The same Spirit is at work within both the young and old;and when we Open the Door for Others to Lead, we can see more of the Spirit’s work. PRAY: the Spirit is poured out in power and might on the people of FPC.

 

--- Note: All scripture references are from the New Living Translations

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