Wednesday, January 25, 2012

3 Temptations of a Leader

People Matter (3 Temptations Leaders Face) January 25, 2012

One of the most challenging issues when it comes to leadership and ministry is dealing with people.  (Other than that, it’s quite simple.)  :-)
AND, if we are not careful we will allow ourselves to become so distracted that we will actually begin to care for other things way more than the people that Jesus died for and has called us to take care of.
Recently in an all staff meeting I shared with our staff three things that we are tempted to love more than people…and how we’re going to do all we can to make sure that because people matter to God they matter to us as well.
Temptation #1 – To Love The Process More Than People
I’m a type-A, obsessive compulsive person, and so I love organization, structure and systems that make things easier for me to manage.  However, not all people are like that.
The danger is that in church we would develop a process for volunteers, discipleship and such and then expect EVERYONE to “fall in line” and do what we think is best.  In other words, we approach people with a scientific approach rather than an artistic one.
(By the way, I believe God IS an artist!  Don’t believe me…check out the sunsets for the next several nights, none of them will be the exact same.  I like to think He whips out His paintbrush and makes it new every evening!)
Don’t get me wrong, the church NEEDS certain processes and such; however, all too often I have fallen into the trap of trying to use a process that has been developed rather than really taking the time to find out more about the person that needs to be developed.
When a person isn’t a fit into a process that has been developed we need to stop and see what is going on in that person’s life.  It’s not their job to fit into our system, it’s our job to discover where they are and then lead them to a place where they can grow in their relationship with Christ.
Temptation #2 – To Love Progress More Than People
I love progress, all leaders do.  However, if we are not careful we will fall so in love with the idea of every chart moving up and to the right that we lose sight of what really matters when it comes to ministry–people.
I get the fact that some people simply cannot move forward with a church or organization.  They can’t handle change and simply refuse to go along with all that the Lord is doing.  But…we should never assume that just because people don’t seem to “get it” that they are automatically against what we are doing.  Maybe they have questions.  Maybe they have legitimate concerns.  Maybe they don’t fully understand all that is going on.  AND…if those three things are true then it isn’t really their fault that they are not “on board,” it’s the leaders fault.
There will be times we need to slow down, take a breath and offer grace filled explanations to all that is taking place…and when a leader or organization refuses to do that because it would simply take too much time then they have fallen in love with progress more than people.
Temptation #3 – To Love Preferences More Than People
If you’ve been in ministry long enough then there are people (or types of people) that you prefer to stay away from.  (Don’t lie!!!)  Why do we prefer to keep them at a safe distance?  Simple…they’re messy, and we, for the most part, love for things to be neat, clean and predictable.
We prefer clean people and clean situations…and so we isolate ourselves from messy situations.  However, one of the things I’ve discovered in the past 20 years of ministry is that isolation really does lead to me being ineffective as a pastor.  And…if I isolate myself from the mess then I am not becoming more like Jesus because He always walked straight towards the mess.
If I am going to follow Christ I cannot allow personal preference to trump my love for people because in doing so then I totally communicate that I’ve forgotten what Christ did for me!  After all, if Jesus would have walked away from the mess rather than walking towards it…we’d all be in a lot of trouble!

Perry Noble

Monday, January 23, 2012

Increasing Your Capacity To Lead

Capacity is the power of containing or holding. In the context of the mind, capacity is the power of receiving ideas or knowledge. Leaders should desire to increase their capacity in several areas.
Increase is a personal decision. It does not happen automatically or overnight, but gradually as you make certain strides toward increasing in certain areas. Here are five areas where good leaders become great leaders through increase.
1. Increase your faith capacity.
Faith is the substance of vision, dreams, and moving into the future. Faith is needed to be a great leader because you must have faith to believe and see what you believe will happen.
In what areas do leaders need to increase in faith? Increase in faith in God and God’s Word. Have faith that God will provide all that is necessary as the need arises.
2. Increase your people capacity.
Leadership and ministry is all about people. It is relational, caring, loving, and serving people. Getting along with and caring for people is at the heart of leaders with people capacity.
Henry Ford once said, “Why is it that I always get the whole person when what I want is a pair of hands?” This is the attitude in leaders who have little capacity for people. People are not machines, but individuals. We must recognize and affirm the importance of the whole person. Respect, dignify, and honor people.
3. Increase your change capacity.
Things change! We need to change, be flexible, be adjustable. Change is not the enemy. Changing the wrong thing is.
Change is also one of the greatest agents of momentum. It is okay to change the way you do things as long as the change does not violate your core principles and values.
4. Increase your grace capacity.
Our heart and life make up a container that must be filled to capacity with grace. We need capacity to be gracious, graceful, grace filled, and grace motivated.
“Graceful leadership” implies that leadership within the context and life of the Christian community is, or at least ought to be, different from other kinds of leadership. Our leadership should be motivated out of genuine concern for the needs of others and deference to their condition – how we can best serve them through our leadership.
5. Increase your team capacity.
Coach rather than control. Mentor as well as manage. Strengthen as well as supervise. Be a leader who empowers. Create shared vision.
When you create a team atmosphere, more people contribute, you get more ideas, and more people are reached. Don’t hold too tightly to your ministry. It belongs to God. Great leaders are champions of the team.

~F Demaggio

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Keeping It Simple

“This is what the Church should be doing.”

Was the basic premise of the blog I read recently. They author was trying to explain, how the church has gotten off track, and in the first short paragraph he used these words…

Missional
Spirituality
Abstraction
Enlightenment
Rationalism
Reductionism
Utopianism
Consumerism
Programism

I don’t think it’s that complicated! It can’t be! How could you explain that to a pastor with the equivalent of a 3rd grade education in the up country of West Africa? Answer…You couldn’t.

I think God love the Simple

I think the purpose of God’s church and His plan for His people is simple. Simple people are the one’s He uses. So, it must be simple for the simple (Like me) to get it.

Love God with all you have
Love others with all you have
Help People..Find, Follow and Be Like Jesus
Now, if what you are doing is making that happen. Go back, and check how you are doing it, and change it. But don’t complicate it. Just feels like the simple God, gets lost in all that.

Just my view…From the simple spot!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Couple Pics of Destiny's January 8 service

After 3 weeks of being away from University of Hawaii Manoa Campus, it was nice being back Home.


Sunday, January 8, 2012

I Hate Fasting....But I Do It Anyway

Rewards of Fasting

Here’s what Jesus said about fasting:

When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Jesus said that our heavenly Father rewards fasting. Following are seven rewards of fasting:

1. Fasting turns back God’s wrath and judgment.
Moses recorded that God was angry enough to destroy Aaron and the children of Israel because of their gold cow idol (Dt 9:18-20). But, as we know, God’s wrath was turned back after Moses fasted and prayed. There has been much said and written the past few years about God’s wrath and judgment on different nations. I’m convinced that Christians can turn back God’s judgment through fasting and prayer. Of course that will never happen unless God’s people get more concerned about the next generation than their next meal

2. Fasting releases prophetic strategies for victory.
The Moabites, Amonites, and several other hostile nations were arrayed against Israel. (See 2 Chr 20:1-30.) King Jehoshaphat called for a fast. You know you are in a desperate situation when a guy nicknamed J-PHAT calls for a fast. During the fast, a prophetic word was given that laid out God’s strategy for their battle. “No swords. No shields. No spears. Get your tambourines ready, we’re going to war!” I’m sure there were some battle-hardened warriors who thought that word was way off. After all, “We’ve never fought a battle like that before.” As always, God knew best. If we are willing to skip a few meals, we may receive prophetic strategies to influence our cities for God’s glory. They may be new and untried strategies, but if they are from God, we can be confident they will work.

3. Fasting activates people and provision for God’s work.
Nehemiah’s building project was preceded by corporate fasting. Would it have been as successful without the fasting? I don’t think so. In 1984, God opened the door for our fledgling Manila church to have its own (rented) building in Manila’s crowded University-Belt as we fasted and prayed.  Each time our church has expanded to a new building to own or rent, a vital part of our fund-raising strategy has been prayer and fasting.

4. Fasting releases wisdom and favor.
Daniel and his friends went on a partial fast (vegetables and water only). At the end of the fast, they were compared with the rest of the young men of Babylon. The results are recorded in Daniel 1:20. In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king questioned them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his whole kingdom. Would you like to be ten times better than your competitors? Just lay off the pizza for a few days and seek God wholeheartedly.

5. Fasting clarifies and redirects callings and ministries.
Paul, Barnabas, and a few other Antioch church leaders were me eting together, and while they were worshipping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said: set apart for me Barnabas . . . (Acts 13:1-3). While they were fasting, the Holy Spirit spoke. Would He have spoken this new direction even if they had not fasted? Probably. The real question is: Would they have been sensitive enough to hear the Holy Spirit speak if they had not fasted? Maybe. Maybe not. Are you seeking God for a new direction in your life or ministry? Good time to fast.

6. Fasting breaks demonic strongholds.
On one occasion, the disciples unsuccessfully attempted to cast out a demon. When they asked Jesus why they had failed, He responded:  this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting (Matt 17:21). This seems to indicate that there are certain demonic situations that, for one reason or another, can only be defeated through fasting. Isaiah said that true fasting will loose chains . . . untie the cords of yoke . . . set the oppressed free and break every yoke (Is 58:6). Have you ever encountered a stubborn demonic situation? Maybe it’s the kind that only goes out by prayer and fasting.

7. Fasting increases spiritual power.
Luke records that Jesus was full of the Holy Spirit and that He was led by the Spirit.  After His forty day fast, He returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit (Lk 4:1,14). How many Christians do you know who are full of the Spirit and led by the Spirit, but do not walk in the power of the Spirit? Need more power? Spiritual power is one of the rewards of fasting.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

2012 Mighty Warriors Creed

Destiny Christian Church
Mighty Warriors Creed


I am a Mighty Warrior of Christ
I am fueled with the Lord's Passion to live my life for His cause
I have been created to bring God glory and to live for His pleasure
I am strong in the Lord and in the power of His might
For greater is He who is in me than He that is in the world
I willfully and willingly offer my talents, abilities and resources to expand God's Kingdom
I am a Mighty Warrior of Christ

I am a Mighty Warrior of Christ
Because His Word is final authority in my life
His Word is food to my soul,
His Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path
My thoughts and my mind have been renewed by His Word
I have the mind of Christ and I know the thoughts, feelings and purposes of my God
I am a Mighty Warrior of Christ

I am a Mighty Warrior of Christ
For I am not only a hearer of God's Word, I am also a doer of God's Word
I am a Warrior that takes action because faith without works is dead
I am a laborer of Christ that is working the harvest fields
I am a soul winner and witness of the miraculous God
I am a freedom fighter whose conviction is to bring hope to the lost
I am ready in season and out of season to proclaim His prophetic message for I am God's voice to my generation
I am a Mighty Warrior of Christ

I am a Mighty Warrior of Christ
And I understand that to be a defender of the gospel and a soldier of The Anointed One I must be disciplined
I must have daily habits that support my Godly values and assignment
I am committed to read my bible daily to get my daily orders and assignment from my Commander and Chief Jesus Christ
I am committed to daily seek His presence and to sit before His feet in prayer and worship
I am committed to daily spiritual training to remain sharp, fit and ready for battle
I am a Mighty Warrior of Christ

I am a Mighty Warrior of Christ
I understand that my character must be a reflection of Christ's character
I stand for the truth of God's Word and by His grace I live with Bible integrity and Christian dignity
I am strong in the Lord and in the power of His might
The strength of my character is rooted in the uncompromising, unadulterated Word of God
My accomplishments are not by my own might but by His Spirit
I am a Mighty Warrior of Christ

I am a Mighty Warrior of Christ
I am a soldier of the Cross
I am more than a conqueror
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me
I am destined to win
I am victorious in Him
I am a person of Destiny
I am a Mighty Warrior of Christ

by Pastor Joe Onosai