Thursday, February 25, 2016

Who Will Lead?

Earlier this week I was at a meeting of key leaders from the denomination I am affiliated with. The President of the denomination gave a powerful challenge not only for us to be leaders, but to ask ourselves WHERE we should be leading people. I have been pondering his words and considering the leadership vacuum that exists in our culture.

Families are in trouble. Though many factors contribute to that stress, what is missing most are fathers who are willing to lead their families in the way that God intended. Thank God for all the single moms who are making things work. But I think every single mom would agree that if the Lord gave her a good man who would be the kind of husband and father that was really needed, her family would become stronger. Fathers need to lead, but they cannot lead when they do not know where to lead.

Churches are in trouble. Though many factors contribute to the decline of church attendance in our culture, what is most missing are deacons, elders and pastors willing to lead. Many want a position of leadership, but few want to do the work of being a leader. Thank God for the older generation that has led for so long, but if a new generation does not step up to the plate and lead, a large number of churches will not exist in the next decade. Churches need leaders willing to do the work that is required of leaders.

Economies are in trouble. Though many factors contribute to the financial challenges families, organizations and governments are experiencing, what is most missing are leaders willing to make the hard choices that will provide for long term financial security. Families that do not save for their future are unlikely to ever get to the future they want. Organizations that use money in unwise ways, will experience a crisis of donor confidence that eventually lowers giving. Governments that cater to special interest groups instead of making decisions that are best for the larger group become paralyzed. We need leaders willing to make the hard choices even if not everyone agrees with those choices.

Everywhere we look leadership is in great demand but short supply. There are no easy answers. It is has been so long since many of us have seen really good leaders that we may not even know what they look like.

As I pondered this, I found these verses of scripture. They describe the kind of leaders we need. Men and women who lead like this will know who they are and where they need to lead us to. They can save families, churches and economies. May God help us be leaders like this!

Philippians 2:3
Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves;
Luke 6:31
"Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.
"It is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant,
John 3:30
"He must increase, but I must decrease.

When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, But when a wicked man rules, people groan.


Dr. Terry W. Dorsett has been a pastor, church planter, denominational leader and author in New England for more than 20 years. He is a happy husband, a proud father and adoring grandfather. He is a cancer survivor and believes that God works powerfully through times of suffering. He has written a book about the spirit of offense that prevails in our current society. You can find all of his books at:

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