Leadership That Builds People, Volume 1: Developing the Heart of a Leader
Author: Dr. James B. Richards of Impact Ministries
We are living in a day when there is a desperate cry in the hearts of the leaders. There is a hunger and thirst such as there has never been. For many there is frustration and despondency. For others there is determination and fortitude. Ministers deeply desire to enter into the ministry that Jesus portrayed. Leaders in every field want to be effective at working with people. This hunger in the heart will lead to fulfillment or total abandonment.
We have all watched the fall of some of the most popular, visible men of God. To our utter dismay we have seen their sins flaunted before the public in a tribute to their failure. With great fear and trepidation we have said in our hearts, “Oh Lord, don’t let that happen to me.”
We have all wondered how their lives got so out of control. On the one hand, we have despised them; on the other hand, we have had compassion for them. We knew they had something that was real, yet we could not understand how they could fall. If we have been honest, we have all known, with the right turn of events, “That could have been me.”
Leaders do not fall overnight. Men of integrity do not simply wake up one morning and decide to destroy their life’s work. It all happens by degrees. There are leadership traps that can weaken you personally, destroy your hope of the future, or totally destroy your life.
As I look around, I see most leaders, Christian and non-Christian, unknowingly yielding to those subtle, yet deadly tendencies that will, at the very least, make leadership a negative, frustrating, unproductive adventure.
I want to share with you how you can avoid the pitfalls of ministry and enter into the realm of total fulfillment. God wants you to be effective in your call. He wants you to see the fulfillment of your vision. As a matter of fact, you can be assured of God’s strength and help to realize your dreams.