The 2006 Leader’s Pledge
NOTE: This document was presented to the 22 Table Leaders (small groups) at our Friday a.m. Man in the Mirror Bible Study. It was reviewed at our annual half-day planning retreat in January. I did not ask them to return it. Instead, I asked them to sign it, then have someone attest to it who will hold them accountable. It can apply to leadership at many levels. Feel free to adopt or adapt it as you please.
But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown (Matthew 13:23).
Why are we here? First and foremost, we are here because God has called us to leadership. Leadership is a privilege and a responsibility in any venue, but especially in the spiritual world.
Above all else, leadership is a calling-a calling from God. We are called to disciple men. We operate a spiritual outpost for men-a rescue mission, a halfway house, a hospital for men with broken wings. We are here to help men change the core affections of their hearts, to rescue them for Christ, to help them believe that the Gospel can change their lives, to show them a living, though imperfect, example of a man after God.
We have been entrusted with men. Jesus said, “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. The man who had received the five talents brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.’ “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!'” (Matthew 25:19-21). We are not responsible for how the men with whom we are entrusted choose to live; but we are responsible to faithful to them.
Leadership requires commitment. “Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly” (James 3:1). We remind ourselves that the stakes are high.
A Holy Privilege
To lead my men is a not only a calling and a responsibility, it is a holy privilege. There is raging all around us a battle for men’s souls. This is a battle we can win. We cannot, we must not and, by God’s grace, we will not fail. Therefore, I pledge that I will seek to be found faithful. God, I pray for the strength, wisdom, and time to produce a crop-100, 60, or 30 times what you have sown into me. Help me to faithfully discharge the responsibilities of Table Leader to which I now pledge myself.
For the glory of Christ and no other reason…