I wanted to share my definition of "LEAD" according to Katie. I try to run through this definition on a weekly (if not daily) basis and gauge how I'm doing in these areas.
L - LOVE God (heart)
Loving God with all of my heart is crucial for being the leader He wants me to be. My desire is that my heart always stays devoted and connected to God so that I can lead the way that pleases Him.. I wrote about this part in my last newsletter which you can find here
E - Example Setter (in words and actions)
As a leader and person of influence, I set the example in my words and actions. Trust me, whatever I do, there are people watching and listening, with the potential of copying my behavior. I am called to follow the example of Christ who washed His disciples feet (John 13:14-15). I am called to serve, not to be served. Is my example something I want someone else to copy?
A - Attitude of Christ (motives and emotions)
There are times when I can set the example, but my attitude is totally wrong. Mark and I joke about "not earning any jewels for that." But I know if my attitude is humble, kind, denying of self, servant-like. Is my attitude pleasing to God as I lead those in my care? Who am I trying to promote, myself or Christ?
D - Developer of Others (disciple-maker)
When I lead, it's not just for the sake of leading. I want to see every person I lead grow and succeed in whatever God has called them to. It's not about ME! It's not about them. It's about God! It's about bringing Him glory by being faithful "to admonish and teach everyone with all wisdom SO THAT we may present everyone perfect in Christ. To this end I labor, struggling with all His energy, which so powerfully works in me." Am I giving others the opportunity to grow and succeed? Am I encouraging them to be a developer of others?
When I look back over my life before ministry, I was NEVER the leader. I was typically the supportive role that served the leader and was happy to keep the team united towards our common goal. Since joining this ministry, God has stretched me in the roles He has placed me in. I led the volunteer teams for two years and for the last five years I've led our internship program. I've learned TONS throughout my years here and I know I have more to learn. I'm thankful for the ReachGlobal Leadership Cohort that will help me lead the way God has designed for me.
This summer, I'm leading through two lead interns as they lead the remaining six interns. This has stretched me already as my responsibility wants to kick in and be in charge. However, praise God He has given me a desire to see others grow and I want the lead interns to grow by giving away some of my responsibilities. I couldn't be more excited for what God has in store for this summer.
"And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ - to the glory and praise of God."