A Kingdom Leader is highly sensitive to the impression he leaves on others. He needs to show, with his behavior, that he is dependable and disciplined. You are to teach in such a way that it molds the character of other ministry partners. You want to enforce correct behavior. They learn by watching you!
Are you positively influencing other staff members? Do you instruct younger staff on how to accomplish goals that are mutually agreed upon? Do they see you making mistakes and view your corrective steps? Do you reinforce good behavior with compliments and encouragement?
There are two sides to a coin as there are two sides to discipline. One side is chastisement, correction, warning or rebuke. The other is instruction, training, upbringing or education. The most effective mentors in my life used the more positive synonyms. They impressed my heart, mind and soul to be the best that I can be. They were like a loving father to me!
Ephesians 6:4 (NIV84)
4 Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
I was deeply blessed by so many leaders in my lifetime. They invited me into their world and let me patiently ask questions. They treated me like I was a son. They allowed me to fail! Then they left a strong impression when they gave me guidance on how to improve.
Today you have the opportunity to leave a loving impression on the hearts of ministry partners. Give them focused attention and loving discipline. Allow them to see some of your world. Invite them in. The fingerprint of your heart leaves a forever impression.
Cathy and Danny Sartin
The Holy Bible: New International Version (Eph 6:4). (1984). Zondervan.
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Four decade veteran of youth ministry in churches, Youth For Christ and now is the Founder and Executive Director of Deeper Still Missions. Danny and his wife Cathy spend most of their time mentoring missionaries in Africa, Europe, Central America and North America. Future opportunities include South America and the Asia Pacific area.