The Church of Irrestible Influence

The Church of Irresistible Influence (i2).

What relevance does the church today have in society and in our communities. Does the church currently fulfill the mandate given by Christ to the early apostles to go out there and “make disciples of all nations” and teach them to be doers of His Word?

There is chaos today in the house of the Lord and a total lack of commitment for there is not an understanding of covenant and the mandate which is upon the church! Programs have worn out the saints, formulas and plans have come to nothing, and the ordinances of men have bound the people causing them to live in an oppressive state all because the divine order of God has been removed from the church. We have allowed the ark to be taken captive by the Philistines but there is a Davidic company arising to bring up the ark (the presence of God) once again. But this time, it shall be brought up in due order after the design of God. This Davidic company will not build something made of flesh to bring up the ark, but will walk according to the apostolic mandate which calls for consecration and sanctification in order to ‘bear’ the ark upon their shoulders.

Once again, the Spirit of God is hovering, granting, and releasing the deepest God given desires in the hearts of men and women, revealing purpose and destiny, and the reality of the kingdom. There is a stirring to move back to the roots, the foundational principles of Christ. Over the centuries the church has grown and flourished through the salvation principles for the word of God will always perform itself. There is life in the seed, but it requires continual watering and sunlight once it has been released in order to grow and come to maturity. (The Apostolic Mandate, Dr. L. Campbell Evans – © 1992).

CHURCH AND CULTURE

In a book by Robert Lewis, he mentions that “the only way churches can connect with communities is by loving
people the way Jesus loved people. This genuine love must consist of deeds and not just words.” In today’s life where church is based on attending a service at least once a week, if not less. Where we only attend these services if they speak to our emotions and soulish desires (e.g. the nice coffee, a good word, great worship team), is the church really affecting change and establishing the Kingdom of God in every community?

Bridging the Great Chasm

An ever-widening chasm exists between churches and their communities. This chasm is evident by the fact that preaching is bold, but human needs remain unmet. God’s law remains truth, but the moral compromise of our culture is obvious.

Studies indicate that the public, as a whole, does not see the Church as a relevant social force. In fact, only one-third of pastors believe the Church is making a significant impact on our culture.

In studying the church of Acts (Acts 2). One sees that the church that the Holy Spirit introduced to the earth was by no means a timid and secluded organisation of people, but were driven by a deep conviction that what they had received was not to be kept secret, but needed to pervade and invade every sphere of society.

What was birthed then, was a church (ekklesia), that was able to effect change and transformation in the lives of ordinary men and women. How do we get back this in our day?

How can we return to the first principles of the church: i.e. sharing what they had, ensuring the the basic human needs were met. Breaking of bread and also studying of the word of God in such a way they what people saw cause a revival of 3000 being added in one day!

Note, that it does not say, ‘they put up a tent, invited the speaker of the century and made a massive alter call’. It was simple people, doing simple things, extraordinarily!

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Exposing The Tithe Lie

Exposing The Tithe Lieby Jack HelserThis is a collection of articles that address the Tithe Lie.
If you read them with prayer, you will find freedom.


To Tithe or Not to Tithe: The $earch For Truth Though I’ve always struggled with the tithe, I still shook my head in disgust when I heard about the preacher who’s congregation quietly left the church during the prayer following a long sermon on tithing. He said “Amen”, looked up and cried out “half my church is gone!” I laughed saying “they must have fled the conviction of the Holy Spirit”.

What the Lord said took me completely by surprise: “They fled from error and guilt-based giving”. “What?!?” – I’ve heard more sermons on the tithe than on any other topic except perhaps our need of Jesus for eternal life! After I picked up my jaw from the floor, the Lord prompted me to study tithing and giving. Throughout the Bible study I prayed for His guidance and in the end I reached the inescapable conclusion that the “tithe” is to the modern church what the issue of “circumcision” was to the church in Paul’s time.

NOTE: Nothing in this article is intended as an excuse to stop giving as the Lord leads you to give.

The verse most often cited in support of the tithe is from the Old Testament, found in Malachi 3:8-10:

8. “”Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. “But you ask, `How do we rob you?’ “In tithes and offerings. 9. You are under a curse–the whole nation of you–because you are robbing me. 10. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.

Many preachers shorten Malachi 3:8-10 to just “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse”, and almost always with the inference that their church is the “storehouse”. For purposes of this paper, the Lord had me concentrate on the passage: “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house”. From that passage, the Lord had me research several questions:

1) What is the tithe?
2) What was the tithe for?
3) What is the storehouse?

1) What is the tithe? The tithe is 10% of the increase, established in Leviticus 27:30-33 as an offering Holy to the Lord. The scripture identifies the tithe as grain and fruit, herd and flock. The tithe is food! An example of the tithe can be seen in a shepherd with a flock of 100 sheep who is blessed with the birth of 50 lambs in the spring. Five of the lambs must be offered to the Lord as a tithe. The tithe was brought to the temple in Jerusalem in acknowledgement and appreciation of God’s provision for His people.

2) What was the tithe for? God doesn’t need the food – God doesn’t eat. God doesn’t desire sacrifices or offerings ( Psalm 40:6 and Hosea 6:6 ) – He desires mercy. God doesn’t need us to give Him a 10th of everything – when He already owns everything ( Psalm 24:1 and Job 41:11b ). The tithe was used to feed the Levite priests (and their families) who were required to work in the temple day and night ministering to God on behalf of God’s people ( 1 Chronicles 9:33 ). Without the tithe, the Levite priests would have needed to raise their own food, thereby taking them away from ministering before God. Hence the reference in Malachi 3:10 “…that there may be food in my house”. Nehemiah 13:10-13 records a time when the Levite priests were not receiving the tithe wherein they abandoned their daily temple responsibilities to work the farms to feed their families. The reference to ‘robbing God’ in Malachi 3:8 is in fact robbing God of ministry and worship by failing to take care of God’s priests through the tithe of food items. Unlike the other tribes of Israel who were given land as their inheritance, the Levites were not given any land – only a few cities in which to live. God was their inheritance ( Numbers 18:20-21 ). Thus, the remaining tribes were obligated to provide the Levites with food since they had no land on which to grow their own.

3) What is the storehouse? 2 Chronicles 31 teaches that the storehouse is the Temple in Jerusalem. When the tithe was re-instituted under King Hezekiah, the king gave orders to prepare storerooms in the temple to hold the tithe. Apparently the grain “tithe” was heaped up in the streets, which caused a traffic jam of sorts. King Hezekiah had the storehouse built to relieve a bad case of urban congestion in ancient Jerusalem.

Having established the original purpose of the tithe, the Lord prompted me with several more questions.

Q: “What happened to the temple (storehouse)?”
A: It was destroyed in 70AD and has not been rebuilt.

Q: “Why?”
A: The old covenant system of animal sacrifice to atone for sin is finished. The new covenant is in the blood of Christ who is the final and everlasting sin sacrifice.

Q: “Where is the temple now?”
A: 1 Corinthians 6:19 says WE are the temple of the Holy Spirit. God no longer resides in a stone temple, but in the hearts of his children through the Holy Spirit.

Q: “What happened to the Levite priests?”
A: The Levite priesthood is no longer necessary as the old covenant system of animal sacrifice in the temple was superceded by the everlasting covenant of Christ’s blood.

Q: “Who is the priesthood now?”
A: 1 Peter 2:5 and 9 says those who have received Jesus as Lord and Savior are the priesthood.

Come On Laity, Let’s Do The Twist

Burdening the Body of Christ with the Tithe requires several twists and reinterpretations of scripture.

1) The tithe must be imported from the OT law of Moses to the new covenant of grace by Christ’s blood.
2) The tithe must be redefined from “flocks, herds, fruit and grain” to “money” and often “time”.
3) The storehouse must be redefined from the temple in Jerusalem to the local church building.
4) The Body of Christ must buy into the ordained clergy as the new priesthood, thereby replacing the Levite priesthood as the rightful recipient of the tithe.
5) The Body of Christ must forfeit their own priesthood and buy into the notion that they are the “laity”.

The tithe has been introduced to the Body of Christ using 2 tactics of the enemy.

1) Sowing guilt and shame into the Body of Christ by quoting Malachi 3:8 “Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. But you ask, `How do we rob you?’ In tithes and offerings.” What devoted Christian wants to rob God? The net effect of sowing guilt has been to extort money from the Body of Christ, thereby robbing the Body of the joy and blessing of giving as God leads. The practice ignores Paul’s instructions to the church at Corinth: “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver ( 2 Corinthians 9:7 ).”2) Blaming the “laity” for the financial troubles in the Body of Christ , by telling the Body they are not blessed by God because they do not tithe. Often Malachi 3:10 is emphasized “Test me in this, says the LORD Almighty, and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.” In so doing, believers are challenged to tithe, with the promise that God will bless them if they do. Such giving is not out of love for God, but out of selfishness. It implies a reward for works, which contradicts Ephesians 2:8-9 , and completely ignores our status as sons of God by faith in Christ ( Galatians 3:26 ) and joint heirs of God with Christ ( Romans 8:17 ). The practice also ignores Christ’s words in Matthew 4:7 “Do not put the Lord your God to the test”.

The Apostles Did Not Teach Gentiles To Tithe

Acts 15:1-31 records a dispute over circumcision that arose in the Gentile church at Antioch. Several false brothers had attempted to require Gentile (non-Jewish) Christians to be circumcised. Paul and Barnabas sharply opposed the false brothers and traveled to Jerusalem to discuss the issue of circumcision with the other apostles. In Jerusalem, they reported the miracles and conversions among the Gentiles. The apostles were filled with joy over God’s work there, and they agreed that circumcision was not a requirement for salvation. Following the meeting, the apostles and elders in the church at Jerusalem sent Paul and Barnabas back to Antioch with a letter of welcome to the Gentile Christians. The essential text of the letter is found in Acts 15:28-29. It reads: “It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements: You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality. You will do well to avoid these things. Farewell.”

The apostles did not want to burden the Gentiles with Old Testament practices! The proof is in their letter to the Gentiles and the fact that the apostles did not impose the tithe on them.

Come, Let Us Reason Together ( Isaiah 1:18 )

Let’s suppose for the sake of argument that Jesus had commanded us to continue tithing. It would be appropriate then to use the tithe to feed the priesthood as originally purposed. Who then is the priesthood? The apostle Peter writes in 1 Peter 2:5 and 9 that every believer is a priest ! Hebrews 5-8 also teaches us that Jesus is the only priest that we need . However the institutional church has borrowed from the Old Testament model of the Levitical Priesthood, thereby establishing a new priesthood (ordained clergy) that is separate from the rest of the Body of Christ. The division between the clergy, and the so-called “laity” is not Biblical (Is this the doctrine of the Nicolaitan’s that Jesus says He hates in Revelation 2:6 ) ?In fact, Jesus did not establish the ordained clergy – He chose fishermen and tax collectors to preach His gospel. Neither did He establish division in His church, He desires unity ( John 17:20-23 ). The apostles did not set up an ordained clergy – they chose men full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom to serve the Body ( Acts 6:3, 1 Timothy 3 ). This man-made division between “clergy” and “laity” has effectively served to divert the offerings of the Body of Christ away from the people it is intended to bless and the offerings are most often used in ways contrary to the will of God. The net result has been starvation and financial bondage for many believers, and the real priesthood – the whole Body of Christ – has not been prepared to carry out Christ’s command to preach the gospel to all nations!

Jesus is the Word of God in the flesh ( John 1:14 ). He knew that Malachi 3:10 says “bring the whole tithe into the storehouse” when He instructed the rich man to sell everything and give the proceeds to the poor ( Matthew 19:21 ). I imagine the Scribes and Pharisees about choked on what Jesus said as they were in the habit of devouring widow’s houses for profit ( Luke 20:47 ) and the rich man’s possessions would have been a real feast for them. In Matthew 25:31-46, Jesus reiterated His desire to help the poor in the parable of separating the sheep from goats, wherein at judgement Jesus will reward those who feed the hungry and clothe the poor. Since Jesus judges us for our care of the poor and hungry, and since He commands us to preach the gospel throughout the world, why is most of our giving used for church buildings and salaries with only a small percentage devoted to the poor, missions and evangelism?

Is the church making goats out of us by not feeding the hungry and clothing the poor with our offerings?

Let’s not wait until the Judgement of Christ to find out!

Sins of the Church Against the Needy

The Lord has been trying to bring me to the truth about giving for years. On many occasions, He prompted me to take what I would have normally put in the offering plate at church and give it directly to someone in need. I love giving like that! Still, in the absence of specific giving instructions from the Lord, I never questioned the common practice of giving everything to the church, whereupon I trusted the church to administer my gifts. That is until the day the Lord had me witness an abomination that left me nauseous.

In the main office of a church I attended years ago, I was fixing a computer one Friday morning. Two young black women, with 3 adorable children dressed in their Sunday best, came into the office to ask for a food donation. The 3 secretaries of our all white upper middle class church stared at them, and finally one said nervously “our deacon of benevolence is in the office on Thursday afternoons – can I make an appointment for you next Thursday?” One of the women pleaded “We can’t wait a week, we need food now”. The secretary repeated her offer, and I became sick to my stomach. I left quickly and drove a mile up the road to a cash machine and came directly back to the church only to find that the 2 women and 3 children had left empty handed. The staff did not know where they had gone, and I returned to my car and wept. I felt as if I had failed but the Lord said “you did not fail son, the church failed”.

Since that first eye-opening experience, the Lord has shown me many more sins of the church against the poor that have left me ill. One church considered installing an air conditioning system for which several members had pledged $35,000 while another member of the church who was wheelchair bound from advanced multiple sclerosis didn’t have enough money to buy food at the end of the month with what little state aid she received. Often she was forced to chose between food, medicine or heat in winter. For many months my wife and I gave to her anonymously and when she went to be with the Lord last winter, she was at peace – the kind of peace that only acts of love can bring ( 1 John 3:18, James 1:22 ). As she was relieved of her financial stress, she blessed everyone around her with unquenchable joy. Most importantly, she taught us about right giving.

More recently, I attended a conference where the host appealed to the audience to give “an offering for the poor”. I heard the Lord say “the poor are among you” ( Mark 14:7 ) and immediately I thought of a dear friend in attendance who is experiencing financial difficulties and had recently lost her home. The next day I began a letter to the host saying “Last night you took an offering from the poor” . I groaned at the error and started to rip the page from my notebook when the Lord said “that is not an error – last night’s offering was taken from the poor”.

The Lord then brought to mind the parable of the sheep and goats, specifically Matthew 25:40 where it says “whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me”. The words “these brothers of mine” had not made an impression on me before, and the Lord brought me to the understanding that our first obligation to the poor is to the poor within the Body of Christ. The Lord then brought Matthew 15:26 to mind wherein Jesus said “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs”.

The early church had a much better understanding of Christ’s intent to care for the needs of the Body of Christ than we do today. The proof of their caring for each other can be seen in Acts 2:44-47 and Acts 4:32-37 where the Body of Christ shared everything, and through their giving, they eliminated poverty and indebtedness. In fact, Acts 4:34 says “there were no needy persons among them!” Taking up offerings to feed the Body of Christ was common in the early church. In Acts 11:27-30, the Gentile church at Antioch took up an offering for the believers in Judea who were experiencing a time of famine. Can you imagine a church today taking up an offering for a cross-town rival?

How did the church get so far off course?

Giving as Christ Intends

Though the tithe is not a requirement for the Body of Christ, we are still instructed to give. What changed from the Old Testament to the New is our motivation for giving. In the Old Testament, giving was compulsory – a tenth (tithe). In the New Testament we are to give with joy as we are led to give ( 2 Corinthians 9:7 ), not by compulsion.

Our attitude about giving should be like that of the poor widow who Jesus esteemed in Mark 12:41-44. She put 2 small copper coins, worth a penny, into the temple treasury. They were all the widow had to live on. She understood that God owns everything and was willing to give all that she had with cheer as God had prompted her to do.

It is time to invest cheerfully in what is eternal, specifically in God’s children for the completion of Kingdom work ( Matthew 6:19-21 ). The children must be fed, clothed and equipped to carry Christ’s gospel throughout the whole world and to make the Bride of Christ ready for her soon returning Savior. Imagine what it could be like if we resumed giving and sharing as Jesus intends. Surely we would rediscover the same abundant and powerful living as the early church enjoyed!

On the topic of giving, John 8:36 might seem like a strange scripture to cite: “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed”. While it is true that Jesus set us free from the curse of the law ( Galatians 3:10-13 ), sin and death ( Romans 8:2 ), our failure to give as Jesus taught us has kept the Church in financial bondage, and has prevented the Church from completing the work of Christ on earth. How many children of God fail to reach their full potential as ministers of the Gospel because they lack provision? It is through our giving and sharing that we equip the Church for service, eliminate hunger and poverty, and realize the fullness of our freedom in Christ.

We can no longer afford to misuse our offerings for church buildings, parsonages, conference centers, multi-purpose buildings, air conditioning, padded pews, pipe organs, and the like, all of which will soon be forgotten, while God’s children go hungry, poor and ill equipped to minister the Gospel. Instead, like Abel, we should give our best gifts to the true Church – the people – because we love God and want to see God’s work accomplished on the earth.

On concluding my study, the Lord asked one final question: What building ever won a person to Christ?

Ask the Lord to show you what to give and to whom, and remember that His words “Feed my sheep” (John 21:17) go much deeper than a pastor’s sermon on a Sunday morning. His words are spiritual, and they are literal.

The Apostolic Mandate

Dr. L. Campbell Evans – © 1992

A new generation is rising in this third millennial period that is disillusioned and weary without really knowing why. They are restless and unfulfilled in their Christian experience as far as having an atmosphere for growth and experiencing the power in demonstration of the word of God. There is a fire shut up in their bones which cries out its release. Their cry is “there must be more”; “where’s the power and demonstration of the kingdom”; “why is there so much confusion and division in the church”; “why…..why…”? Unending questions flood their hearts as they sit on their pews watching the others around them that have dried up on the vine wondering if they are destined for the same. They wander from one place to another not even knowing of a certainty what it is that they are looking for. They are hungry, thirsty, and like the valley of dry bones that need to be called forth into new life by prophetic declaration. Little do they know that all they are looking for is rooted in present truth in the finished work of Jesus Christ.

There is chaos today in the house of the Lord and a total lack of commitment for there is not an understanding of covenant and the mandate which is upon the church! Programs have worn out the saints, formulas and plans have come to nothing, and the ordinances of men have bound the people causing them to live in an oppressive state all because the divine order of God has been removed from the church. We have allowed the ark to be taken captive by the Philistines but there is a Davidic company arising to bring up the ark (the presence of God) once again. But this time, it shall be brought up in due order after the design of God. This Davidic company will not build something made of flesh to bring up the ark, but will walk according to the apostolic mandate which calls for consecration and sanctification in order to ‘bear’ the ark upon their shoulders.

Once again, the Spirit of God is hovering, granting, and releasing the deepest God given desires in the hearts of men and women, revealing purpose and destiny, and the reality of the kingdom. There is a stirring to move back to the roots, the foundational principles of Christ. Over the centuries the church has grown and flourished through the salvation principles for the word of God will always perform itself. There is life in the seed, but it requires continual watering and sunlight once it has been released in order to grow and come to maturity.

The apostolic mandate is the divine directive given by God to a person that comes with the delegated authority to carry out a specific decree or order. A mandate which comes with any calling can only be witnessed by man, but cannot be conferred by ordination or ministerial licenses. Few have understood that an ordination is but a public proclamation and witness of one’s calling and a setting apart publicly for that work. Any mandate from God comes with kingdom authority and power to complete that which has been given and does not require the approval of any man or local eldership.

The message of the kingdom is apostolic in nature for it is the released impartation of the word by our Chief Apostle, the Lord Jesus Christ. The earmark of the message of this mandate is love, forgiveness, unity, faith, mercy, and hope. Jesus was empowered and anointed of the Father to destroy the works of the evil one and He chose disciples whom He trained through the teaching, preaching, and demonstration of the Kingdom of God. These people were to be an extension of Himself and the mandate which had been given Him. God’s mandate demands the continuous duplication of ministry, discipleship, and release of giftings and callings in the people of God for Kingdom work. It demands impartation of anointing to equip, commission, and to send forth His people.

A mandate empowers one or a body of people to COMPLETE their calling or designated function. The word mandate means authoritative command or instruction; a formal order or commission granted by a superior; or an authorization to act given to a person to represent another. One’s calling is but the entrance into their purpose, but the mandate is that which empowers the fulfillment of it. It is within the apostolic mandate that one finds not only their calling, but what their purpose is within that calling and how to use their gift in order to fulfill that mandate. It is within the mandate that the spirit of the message is found that holds the key of impartation to those that one is empowering for service.

The apostolic mandate is to make disciples of all nations and to advance the kingdom through the gospel and empowering the people of God to impact their communities and the world around them. It will release the process of transformation to cause the people to mature and challenge them to rise to new realms in Christ and beyond the control and dictates of religion.

Further, the apostolic mandate is to lay foundation, oversee, and to establish and maintain God’s divine order in the midst of the church. It is to bring an ending to religious traditions and the doctrines of men which bind the creation of God in ignorance and darkness. It will facilitate deliverance to God’s creation with entrance into His kingdom through salvation. It will begin to eradicate a sin consciousness, which has been unlawfully placed upon the body of Christ, through the power of the blood of the eternal sacrifice, Jesus Christ. The nature of the apostolic mandate demands excellence through the power of grace and challenges the church to never be complacent or satisfied.

The mandate of Jesus Christ was to reveal the Father, become the supreme sacrifice for the removal of sin from mankind, and bring forth the new creation man. The mandate of John the Baptist was to call a nation to repentance and prepare the way of the “Lamb of God who would take away the sin of the world”. The mandate of the Apostle John was to reveal the Revelation of Jesus Christ. Paul’s mandate was to go to the Gentiles to proclaim “Christ in you, the hope of glory” along with the many hidden mysteries of God. Peter’s mandate was to go to the Jews and reveal the fulfillment of the law, Jesus Christ. The mandate of Moses was to deliver the children of Israel, bring order to the people, and raise up a kingdom of priests. Joseph’s mandate was to feed the nations. The mandate of Esther was to pray, stand in the gap, and bring favor to a nation before a king. Ruth’s mandate was to marry Boaz and and continue the lineage to Christ. The mandate of Joseph and Mary was to raise the deliverer of the world. David’s mandate was to reveal the heart of a worshipper, rule a nation, and dwell in a tent with the ark.

Almost two thousand years ago, the apostle and prophet were removed from the church and the apostolic doctrines were replaced with false concepts, and the ways of man, and Mystery Babylon began to rise out of the sea of confusion and divisiveness.

Revelation 17:3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy…..

Revelation 17:5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

Revelation 17:6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints……

For centuries, man has been controlled by religious mindsets and governments. Today, in this generation, we have seen a breaking away from that control. But as with most new moves, man has gone from one extreme to another. In an effort to get out of one ditch they inadvertently fall into another. Because they have been controlled, they view any kind of authority or accountability as a type of oppression. The apostolic mandate removes this fear, for once embraced, it is no longer all about us but it is all about Him and it brings the freedom to come together unconditionally for the will of our Heavenly Father.

There is a remnant of the people of God who are awakening to the apostolic mandate that is upon the church through the restoration of the apostolic and prophetic callings. This restoration is bringing strength and resolve to us as we venture forward in the establishment of the kingdom. Let us continue to pray and respond to the apostolic mandate that is upon us in this hour to establish His wonderful kingdom.

Quotes I Like

Jealousy is the antithesis of blessing in that it exists within a mindset of pride. Lead with a Spirit of Joy and share in the blessing.

Greed is the antithesis of prosperity in that it exists within a mindset of scarcity. Lead with a Spirit of Abundance – Luke 12:15

via Lloyd Williams – Facebook.

10 Characteristics of Community Leaders

These charasteristics help build healthy organisations and in turn healthy communities.

Learning, Teaching and Leadership

Traits of a good leader are common across disciplines, professions and geographical regions. Community leadership is unique in its approach and goals. Community leadership is not about managing or even coordinating. And it is certainly not about dictating or imposing your own ideas onto others.

In addition to traits of superior leadership in any discipline, such as integrity and responsibility, here are ten characteristics that are particular to excellent community leaders:

1. Maximize Individuals’ Strengths

Community leaders often work with volunteers. They may be elected by members of the community,  assigned to work with a group, or they simply step forward and want to help. In any case, community leaders rarely have the luxury of choosing who they work with.

Your job involves being able to identify the strengths and interests of each person on your leadership team and maximize those talents and skills in a way that keeps your…

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5 Reasons Your COmpany Needs a Millennial CEO | Switch and Shift

5 Reasons Your Company (Church) Needs a Millennial CEO

Ever hear the expression “What got us here won’t get us where we need to go next?”

I keep thinking about our companies’ leaders, and that saying nags at me. Maybe it’s time for some brand-new leadership, something radically different from the same-old-same-old we’ve groomed and promoted for generations now.

I know, I know: “Ted, you’re one of us. What are you doing!?” And it’s true. I’m so much a Gen X-er that I’m almost a Boomer. What I’m espousing is generational treason!

So be it.

I work with a lot of technology startups, and I interview a lot of business leaders of all stripes, all the time, from the most staid Fortune 100 to three-person garage firms and all in between. There’s something different about young leaders who have had to come of age in this ongoing train wreck of an economy. Something resilient, something resourceful and something inspiring.

So let me list why I think your company could do worse than to replace your current CEO with a Young Turk from Gen-Y.

Maybe Experience Is a Liability

Maybe loyalty to “How it’s always been done,” and a mastery of “What’s possible and what isn’t,” just isn’t going to serve you as well as it did last century. Maybe you need someone who has little grasp of what’s possible and what’s not.

Millennials Are Social Natives

They’re plugged in and social, and have been since birth. They intuitively get the technology their peers are inventing. Have you noticed how afraid of social media most grownups are? Your new Gen-Y CEO will not have that problem.

Their Leadership Style Is Open By Default

As Jamie Notter pointed out in a recent must-read post, probably the greatest boon we’ll experience from social media has nothing to do with the technology at all – it’s the opening up of our organizations’ cultures to match the openness of social media. Want someone to lead the way? My bet is on your digital native CEO.

Nimble is normal for Gen-Y

Unlike for the rest of us, who often feel sea-sick with all the change our economy is going through all the time, your Gen-Y leader knows nothing else. That agility is priceless!

Recognition Is Second Nature

Millennials are criticized a lot for their constant need for recognition. Tough. We raised ’em that way, and we aren’t going to change them now. Since a Millennial CEO is so used to seeking feedback, they’re naturals at providing it, too.

Finally, returning to the first point about untested leaders, let me leave you with this thought: In his fascinating book Indispensible, Harvard Business School professor Gautam Mukunda studied leaders who were tested by long years of experience working and rising within “the system,” such as British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlin. He contrasted members of that leadership group against those who entered leadership roles either virtually untested, such as Abraham Lincoln, or who were rejected as unfit to lead by “the system” earlier in their careers, such as Winston Churchill.

What Professor Mukunda’s study showed was fascinating. As he illustrates masterfully in his book, the thoroughly-vetted leaders were neither all that terrible or all that great. However, both ends of the performance spectrum, disastrous and transformative, belonged to the untested or rejected leaders.

What does that tell you about bringing in a Millennial CEO to lead your organization – who by the very fact of her youth will be relatively untested? What it tells me is, you will either have massive success or major trouble.

Want safe? Don’t take my advice: don’t hire or promote a “youngster” to lead your company.

But is there even such a thing as safety anymore? Wasn’t RIM (Blackberry) safe? Wasn’t Kodak? If you ask me, safe is about the most dangerous decision a board can make in the Twenty-teens.

via 5 Reasons Your COmpany Needs a Millennial CEO | Switch and Shift.