There is much we can learn from Jesus as leader and mentor.
Jesus modeled teaching and mentoring after he called the first disciples to follow him. He connected with them where they were and shared a greater possibility of them transforming into “fishers of men.” The Scriptures detail how Jesus deeply invested in those he called. In the process of advancing the development of the team, Jesus daily practiced listening, teaching, encouraging and holding them accountable.
When you study Jesus as leader and mentor you discover the following:
- Jesus demonstrated the ability to cast vision. (Read Matthew 4:18-20)
- Jesus selected a small team to initiate a great work. (Read Mark 3:13)
- Jesus demonstrated integrity by matching his words to action. (Read Matthew 5:1-12)
- Jesus deliberately set expectations and was behaviorally specific in coaching. (Read Matthew 10:5-40)
- Jesus challenged his team to steward their gifts. (Read Matthew 25:14-30)
- Jesus confronted and cautioned his team. (Read Matthew 16:1-12)
- Jesus flipped the notion of leadership as power to one of service. (Read Matthew 20:1-18)
As Christian leaders we are called to follow Jesus and that includes being and doing.
This is the time of year when many are reflecting on the past year and setting goals for the new one. As you think ahead, what will you do to significantly invest in your leadership development? How will you be intentional about the development of the team(s) you’ve been called to lead? How can you follow more closely the example of Jesus as leader and mentor?
Christian Leadership Alliance (CLA) exists to equip and unite leaders to transform the world for Christ. CLA leadership and training resources are all based on Biblical truth and created to advance your personal and corporate leadership. As you map out your growth plan, personally and for those you lead, explore the potential outcomes of these three CLA lifelong learning experiences:
This online mentoring experience connects individuals beyond the boundaries of their own organizations. The high-tech and high-touch approach to this experience ensures high-impact matches are achieved. Mentors are accepted at any time and mentees can submit registration to participate each month. Mentoring matches are arranged in six-month engagements.
A yearlong experience to equip a Christian leader for excellence. This leadership intensive includes the best of CLA lifelong learning experiences and is designed to create radical professional and personal leadership growth. Ideal for individuals or for the entire teams who want to activate, accelerate, and achieve their God-given potential.
This is the most comprehensive leadership training conference of its kind. Learn from the leading voices in Christian ministry as you select from over 400 hours of learning experiences designed to advance your leadership development. Learning experiences are organized into eight core disciplines and include 100-plus best practice workshops, the Intensive Training Institute (ITI) seminars and Academy courses.
Make 2016 a defining year for advancing the Kingdom agenda. Make it a year of personal growth and developing those you lead. Take the time to know what is needed and then connect the need to the resources available to you.
As leaders, we all have much to give and receive. Seize the opportunity to do both in 2016.
Tami Heim is the president and CEO of Christian Leadership Alliance.