Saturday, October 1, 2011

Leadership Moment - Expectations

Today we will be talking about expectations. Have you heard the phrase: "You get what you ask for?" It is true in both the world and the church!

In 1 Timothy 3, Paul lays out the expectations that we should have for people in a Pastoral/Elder/Overseer role in the church. Listen to what he says.

1 Timothy 3:1-7 "1 Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer,[a] he desires a noble task. 2 Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect. 5 (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. 7He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap."

Paul lists roughly 13 expectations that make an elder/overseer "above reproach."
1. One woman man
2. Temperate
3. Self-Controlled
4. Respectable
5. Hospitable
6. Teacher
7. Sober
8. Gentle (not violent)
9. Peacemaker (not quarrelsome)
10. Generous (not greedy)
11. Leads his family well
12. Seasoned believer
13. Good Reputation

What if we did not have expectations for leading in the church? I can promise we don't even want to think about the disaster it would bring on the bride of Christ.

Yet, for some reason we often think expectations for people volunteering in our church are not that big of a deal.

As a church planter who is hungry for volunteers & leaders in every area, it is easy to fall into the trap of putting anyone who is breathing into a volunteer or leadership position.

However, as we move from a survival mindset to a mindset of giving God our best this has to CHANGE! In the long run allowing people to serve with no expectations will cause pain and frustration to you and the church.

The idea of taking whatever you can get in serving the Lord in not found in scripture.
The idea of allowing people to serve halfheartedly is not found in scripture.
The idea of allowing people to give minimal effort when serving the Lord is not found in scripture.

We desire to implement the idea of expectations all across our church, but the area of greatest need currently of raising expectations is on Sunday morning.

Here are the five expectations that we are rolling out for everyone who serves on Sunday morning at Starting Point…and you as Leaders get to hear them FIRST!

1. Serve every other week.
2. Provide make up date when you can't serve.
3. Confirm via Planning Center whether you can serve or not.
4. Be on time to the prayer meeting for your ministry.
5. Flexible/Christlike attitude.

We believe that as we put expectations in place for serving in the church, people will be more fulfilled serving in an environment with people who are prepared and giving their best!

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