Where do you draw your strength?

Where do you draw your strength?

By Barry Werner

Jesus is the only perfect leader the world will ever know. Read the book of John (3 chapters a day will get you through it in one week).

The book of John has a wealth of Jesus’ stories and teachings, many not found in Matthew, Mark or Luke. The book of John may be the simplest of the four Gospels and the book of John is full of insights into leadership principles and their applications. Boiled down to one divine message John’s message might be that: “God grafts leaders into Jesus so they might draw strength from Christ Himself.” John 15 even talks about Jesus as the vine and us as the branches.

How often do Christian leaders work within their own strength, wisdom and understanding when they have the greatest source of strength, wisdom and understanding willing to empower their leadership?

The following are just a few of the many leadership principles from John:

  • No leader is an island.
  • The very power of God is available to leaders.
  • There is danger in denial.
  • Godly leaders must first submit to God, and then serve others.
  • Effective leaders build relationship with those they lead.
  • Wise leaders do not judge by outward appearances.
  • Leadership requires courage, even the courage to vary from accepted standards.
  • Developing people is a leader’s greatest assignment.
  • The truth always serves a leader well no matter the cost.

In the book of John leaders will learn that not only is Jesus the only perfect leader, He is also the only pathway to salvation. The new life Jesus offers provides leaders with an eternal perspective for their life. John 1:12-13 The Living Bible says, “…But to all who received Him, He gave the right to become Children of God.

All they needed to do was to trust Him to save them. All those who believe this are reborn!—not a physical rebirth resulting from human passion or plan—but from the will of God.” Through relationship with Jesus, leaders can stay connected to Jesus and have access to His wisdom, understanding and strength.

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Barry Werner

lives in Arkansas, USA, has been married to Barbara for 46 years, has 4 children, and 6 grandkids. Barry is the Chief Operating Officer of Bibles For China, and serves on the Sr Team of World Prayr.

Has served as the producer for World Wide Pictures (the Billy Graham Film Ministry) and also has served as Vice President for Ron Hutchcraft Ministries, Inc. Follow his daily leadership blog read by individuals throughout the world. Leadership Priciples

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World Prayr has chosen to be different, starting with teaching others that the pilgrimage all those who have been brought near to God are on is not one about our focusing on what we are doing, or focusing on our sin or anything we are not doing, but focusing on what Christ did in order for us to know transforming grace. We refer to this message as the gospel of grace. We then live this out as a ministry by serving others through counseling, prayer, and sound biblical teachings.

We also differ from most ministries in another key area, working to live out the message of Philippians 2:4 by aggressively promoting other ministries and churches. As a mission team, World Prayr is working to serve those who are disconnected to reconnect them, one soul at a time, to local bodies of believers.

We refer to our team as an “Ohana” made up of many nationalities spread across the globe and within the Protestant faith.

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