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Jesus commissioned His followers, including Christian leaders, to go and make disciples of all nations. This mission requires a deep understanding of the role Christian leaders play in building the Kingdom. As Christian leaders, we have access to four vital resources that can empower us in this mission.

4 Timeless Tools and Resources for Christian Leaders

1. Prayer

Prayer is a powerful tool that connects us with Jesus and allows us to seek His guidance and presence. As Christian leaders, we are called to lead with faith and trust in God. Through prayer, we can present our requests, seek direction, and find peace and guidance from the One who knows and cares for us. Prayer is not only for personal needs but also an opportunity to express gratitude for God’s blessings.

2. Persuasion

Christian leaders have the responsibility to proclaim Jesus through His Word. Our role goes beyond mere mention or reference; we are called to offer Jesus to all who would listen. In our interactions with others, we should be ready to give a reason for the hope that we have, speaking with gentleness and respect. By both our words and actions, we can lead others to Christ and share the message of salvation.

3. Service

Christian leaders are called to follow the example of Jesus, who came to serve others. Our actions can be a powerful demonstration of our faith. By building others up in truth and love, meeting needs, and engaging in good works, we embody the message we preach. Our service not only impacts individuals but also contributes to the growth of the Kingdom of God.

4. Endurance through Suffering

In a broken world full of trouble, Christian leaders understand the reality of suffering. However, we have the assurance that Jesus has overcome the world. As we endure suffering, it produces perseverance, character, and ultimately hope. Our faithful response to suffering becomes a powerful testimony of our trust in God and His promise of redemption. This hope in the midst of adversity can inspire others to seek faith and salvation.

The Hour Has Already Come for Christian Leaders

When we examine the life of Christ and the early church, we see these tools utilized to fulfill the mission entrusted to them. Despite persecution and challenges, their commitment to prayer, persuasion, service, and endurance led to miraculous growth in the Kingdom. As Christian leaders, we must be aware of the urgency of the times and awaken from any complacency. Let us remember that “the hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed” (Rom 13:11)

Let us embrace these tools and use them to bring salvation to more people, while being a blessing to the world. May our leadership be rooted in prayer, our words and actions persuade others towards Christ, our service reflect the love of Jesus, and our endurance through suffering inspire hope. Let us navigate the challenges of our time with faith, purpose, and unwavering dedication to the mission we have been called to as Christian leaders.

Inspired by John Dickson’s Webinar, “Lessons from a Post-Christian Nation.”