New Leadership is Coming!

by Kluane Spake

One view of Biblical prophecy speaks of the return of Jesus with a dynamic and powerful people who will usher in the Kingdom. These people will be unified in vision and filled with dynamic purpose and energy.

This new breed will manifest the authorization of God's intentions. They will be those who the whole world has longed to see (Rom. 8:19). They are the elect who have the ability to defy all opposition. They will have spiritual power to accomplish the purposes of God.

Habakkuk tells of these people, "Behold... and regard, and wonder marvelously; for I will work a work in your days, you will not believe, though it were told" (Hab. 1:5). Paul expanded on this statement in Acts 13:40- 41). "These will be the ones who APPREHEND THEIR AUTHORITY to do the greater works that the Father be glorified in the Son. If you shall ask anything in my name, I will do it" (Jn. 14:12-14).

Historically, all the offices, the primitive church innovatively used leadership positions to accommodate specific assignments. These functions still seem to differ greatly within each successive era and from one geographical sector to another.

Apostles should BUILD the Body by healing, teaching, and empowering others toward fulfilling God's intentions.

For sure we know that the apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teach are gifts from God "for the perfecting (katartismos - complete furnishing, or equipping) of the saints, for the work of the ministry, and for the edifying (oikodome - architecture, or BUILDing up) of the body of Christ." Leadership equips God's people (Eph. 4:11-13) to the measure (metron) of Christ.

What exactly is the "WORK of the ministry?" The NIV translates this portion to say, "to prepare God's people for works of service." Vines Dictionary describes "work" as toil, employment, a task, or "work with the idea of enterprise."

Therefore, apostolic leaders must learn to enable believers to function within their distinctive expression of God's image -- and to "do the work" of the ministry. But... that work doesn't necessarily mean that everyone gets to share in pulpit ministry every Sunday morning!

Preaching in the pulpit must not be viewed as the only "work of the ministry." It certainly is not the greatest positions nor should it be the goal of all ministry.

The "work" required includes all that is necessary to cause the Kingdom to advance.

As the church stands on the sure foundations of the maturity and wholeness of Christ, believers will then anxiously choose to allow dynamic LEADERS the authority to unlock their individual and collective destiny. Proper leadership should provide the essential order and direction that enables believers to mature and find answers. These delegated leaders should inspire the congregation by teaching, redirecting, and encouraging them with spiritual and natural insight. Real Christianity is about transform-ation.

True spiritual authority encourages mutual participation. Those of us who have been leaders in the past will have to open our hands and raise them in surrender to the transformation from our obsolete and rigid mindsets into a re-connection with glorious new principles. On this new frontier, are new paradigms of RELEASE. The follies of escapism theology, arrogant and self-oriented ministry, obsession with hierarchical positions, and false operations must give way to stability and truth.

The critical job of church leadership is to discern the optimum vision, strategize, and sustain the momentum (migration) toward key goals over time.