In recent years Junior has been increasingly sought for leadership development. While many of these are ministerial or church-related, he has also helped communicators, sports coaches, developing business leaders, even teachers and doctoral candidates, in some of the most nuanced and often overlooked ways. Similarly, a growing number of leaders have expressed interest in a regular commentary or mini-devotional from Junior on leadership. In response, the bit below is for you. (All content here and sitewide is the intellectual and copyright property of JDM. All rights reserved.)
When doing multiperson leadership equipping, Junior loves to use small "Mount of Olives" home meetings. These relaxed, candid environments compel leaders to ask questions, share freely, dialogue in-depth, nourish interleader intimacy, and practice their gifted craft in a nurturant, but guided, setting. Individual follow-up spins off naturally and supernaturally from these unusually productive meetings.
As a leader, you are the genes of your group or organization. Your unique helix of personality, instincts, abilities, experience, and maturity level will determine the visible nature and quality of your group. Not only does this impose a stern mandate of personal growth and leadership development, it cautions us to wisely discern the "epigenetics" of leadership also: who we agree to lead, under what conditions, and for how long.
On Specificity of Vision:
You are not called to everyone, you are called to specific someones and specific activities. Sure, early in your spiritual life or ministerial journey there may be a nebulous or "whosoever will" quality to your leadership gifts. This is not, however, the Lord's ultimate intent. The more you mature in Him, the more you mature in your personality and self-awareness, the more you mature in your gifts, the more you will see ministerial themes recur and narrow. You will evolve, however gradually or suddenly, from "whosoever will" to "I was sent only to _____".
As Savior of the world, the Lord Jesus certainly had a "whosoever will" vision to His redemptive work. However, He had a sharply narrower focus in His actual ministry: He was the prophesied Teacher, Prophet, Servant, and Shepherd to Israel. In Matthew 15:24 He said, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel." In 10:5,6 He told His assistants, "Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel."
Reiterating Jesus' narrower vision, in Romans 15:8 Paul said, "For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the Jews on behalf of God's truth, so that the promises made to the patriarchs might be confirmed." And in Galatians 4:4 he said, "But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the [Old Covenant] law."
As we grow in the Lord in multiple dimensions, ask for and perceive specificity of vision emerging. Ponder the ministerial themes that recur in your work, themes that have an augmented urgency, relevance, fruitfulness, and spiritual force.