My Introduction to Leadership Development
Give me ten men that hate nothing but sin and love nothing but God and we will change the world. – John Wesley
I grew up hearing this from our youth pastor who challenged us to love God with all our hearts. The words of John Wesley still rings true to my ears, and it still captivates my soul.
Many Christians today think that changing the world and leadership is reserved for the clergy, the pastors, and the full-time church workers. We have elevated the role of a full-time minister as a sacred calling of leadership and seen the role we have outside church as a second class calling or a secular one not worthy to compare to the job of a pastor.
Give me ten men that hate nothing but sin and love nothing but God.
I wasn’t a full-time pastor when I first heard this words. I was a 13-year-old student who was taught that Christianity is about me accepting Jesus and waiting for His return. The biggest accomplishment as a Christian student was to be on the honor’s list and to show up in church on a Sunday.
We are told be good Christian kids if we want God to be happy, but I knew something was missing. Reading the Bible – I sense that it was not a book to make bad people good -it was to transform dead people to live fully in Christ and for Christ.
I was called to live in radical holiness not so people might notice how good I am. I was to live a standard of purity and holiness in my generation because of the mission ahead.
Joshua 3:5 Then Joshua said to the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you.”
WE WILL CHANGE THE WORLD
I was twelve years old when I first heard this words. I will change this world with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Life changing for a twelve-year-old who grew up with Bible stories of boys defeating giants, a shepherd in the desert parting the red sea, 12 fishermen preaching the gospel boldly in their city and beyond.
I am called to be a world changer. My youth pastor, Ferdie Cabiling told me, “Dennis, the first thing a disciple needs is a Bible and a pen. Second, is a passport.” I said, “Why do I need a passport?” and he told me, “Because you are going to change the world.”
A big vision was given to a twelve-year-old. But I took it to heart. I will change my campus and then I will change the world.
This was the start of my leadership development. My mind was open to the possibilities. I was to make a difference in the field where God has placed me. It’s time we bring back a world-wide vision to our church members. We can change the world thru the gospel of Jesus Christ as we faithfully disciple and intentionally develop the people God entrusted to us.