You had hoped ten would show up for your training session, two came. You had prepared food for all eight of your key leaders, two called, two just didn’t show up. You sent out information about a new tool you had identified that will be a real help to your churches, no one responded.
Unless you’re a species from a different planet, you will be tempted to gauge how you respond further to how you have been responded to. Who has not driven home at night and asked God to remind us again why we felt serving as a Director of Missions would somehow help the Kingdom. I am sure I am not alone when I have asked the question,”How weird is this, I am trying to give away stuff and getting few takers.” It can easily lead to what some have termed, “rear view” leadership.
The Kingdom Focused Leader leads according to whom he is following, not who is following Him. It makes a world of difference. The “rearview” leader will find himself often battling discouragement and rethinking how he can attract more followers. The Kingdom Focused leader has settled within himself that what has priority is the accomplishing of Kingdom goals as given from the Scriptures and the revelation of the Spirit as to how those Scriptural undergirdings are to be fleshed out in the current reality.
It is amazing what happens when people get the sense that their leader is “going somewhere”. It matters all the more when eternal issues are at stake.
We serve the God that is actively pushing on with the agenda of the Kingdom, and He is doing it in your neighborhood. Our task is to learn to see, hear and sense where God is currently making visible the Kingdom and move in that direction.
Kingdom leaders do not sit around after an “event” and count the ticket stubs. Kingdom leaders measure the ground that has been covered, the God sent directives that have been carried out and the irresistible urgings of the Spirit that have been responded to today.