Leading the Mission: Embracing the Call to Make Disciples
Our mission is clear – to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Let’s look at three ways to keep the mission at the center of our leadership.
Making the Mission the Foundation
As leaders, your mission must be the lens through which all decisions are made. Our mission catalyzes action. In his blog post on Matthew 28:16-20, Tim reminds us that our focus is on disciples who make disciples. By modeling the mission, we can effectively lead others. To keep the mission at the center of our leadership, we must constantly evaluate whether our expectations align with the mission and how we equip people to live into the mission.
Focusing on Growth
As disciples of Jesus, we are continually growing and becoming more like Jesus. Growth implies transformation and is essential to fulfilling the mission. Discipleship revolves around love and care for others. As you consider being a follower of Jesus, a disciple, growth is implied. One of the places we witness and experience growth is in and through small groups. They can be a great place for challenge, support, and growth. The important point is to start with Jesus and focus on relationships, we create environments where people can become more of who God created them to be.
The Power of Grace
Leading others with grace is essential to keeping the mission at the center. As leaders, we strive to do no harm while doing good. We can learn from the Wesleyan tradition, which emphasizes the General Rules. The General Rules have often been shortened to doing no harm, doing good, and attending to the ordinances of God. These practices serve as a means of grace, allowing us to encounter and extend God’s grace in our lives. By embracing grace, we can overcome self-centeredness and create environments of love and transformation.
Keep the Mission at the Center of Leadership
In today’s episode, we have explored three ways to keep the mission at the center of our leadership. By making the mission the foundation, focusing on growth, and leading with grace, we create environments where discipleship thrives. Remember, our mission as followers of Jesus is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Whether you’re a seasoned leader or just starting on your leadership journey, embracing the call to make disciples is essential. Let’s commit to keeping the mission at the forefront of our leadership and invite others to join us on this journey of transformation.
00:00 Introduction and Mission Statement
00:17 The Importance of Mission in Leadership
00:53 Three Ways to Keep Mission at the Center of Leadership
01:16 Modeling the Mission
01:48 First Way: Setting Expectations and Equipping People
02:52 The Role of Disciple Making in Leadership
07:18 The Power of Starting with Jesus
08:49 Second Way: Focusing on Growth as a Follower of Jesus
14:44 The Role of Small Groups in Growth
19:11 Third Way: Focusing on Grace
20:01 Understanding the General Rules of Methodism
29:27 Conclusion: Staying Focused on the Mission