Effective leaders come in a variety of styles with different strengths, but they all understand their style and adopt practices to fit their style to the leadership needs of their team and situation. Some leaders are encouragers, constantly connecting with and cheering on their teams. Some leaders are strategists, with a thousand ideas and contingency plans to help their team achieve its goals. Some leaders are caretakers, making sure all the members of their team have all that they need to fully express their own strengths. Some leaders are drivers, always casting a compelling vision of a changed tomorrow that propels their team into action. There is no single preferred leadership style for a successful planter.
—Bener Agtarap & Curtis Brown, Ready, Set, Plant: The Why and How of Starting New Churches (Discipleship Resources, 2021)
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Since you are ambitious for spiritual gifts, use your ambition to try to work toward being the best at building up the church.
—1 Corinthians 14:12 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Holy God, thank you for the opportunity to plant a new faith community. Help me to have wisdom and discernment as I develop relationships with the people in this community. Guide me to stay close to you through prayer and Bible study and to love the people who cross my path. Amen.
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Ascension of the Lord
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