Sitting here at Oxygen14 in Paul Tripp’s session on leadership in a room of about 200 (mainly guys, mainly pastors). I’d imagine most of these guys were hoping for tips and tricks on ministry skills (much like what I write about on this blog).
But the message of this session is worth re-iterating here… there’s a skill that makes most leaders very uncomfortable. The number one Christian leadership skill is honestly admitting our helplessness and sinfulness to God again and again and again and again – and revelling in God’s amazing grace. That we’d let God be our God.
Yes, that’s a “skill”. But you’ll need the Spirit to train you in it.
When you do ministry in the spirit (and in the Spirit) of the gospel, it beckons a humility unlike many things in this world; servant-heartedness, other-person-centeredness, the willingness to sacrifices ones own desires and preferences and opinions for the good of others people’s growth.
However, this humility carries an arrogance to it…
It’s the arrogance that says, “I think you need to hear THIS from God’s word” or “I know you’d like to just hang out! but I insist we pray together” or “I know you’d prefer it went like that, but this will help us love more people with the gospel”
Ultimately it’s the arrogance that dares to show people their sin, and tell them, on God’s behalf, to repent and entrust themselves to Jesus.
The more humbly you see yourself, the more likely you are to put your status on the line when urging people towards Christ.