We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. (Romans 12:6-8 NIV)
Bill Hybels contends that wherever you find an organisation which is doing well, whether it's a company, a football team, a charity, a school or a church, at the core will be men and women who are gifted and equipped to lead and who are properly exercising their leadership gift. I totally believe that to be true, both from my observation of the world and more importantly from studying the Bible (if you don't believe me just read the book of Judges!).
In Ben and Heather Pocock, who are leading Sandhurst, and in Liam Parker, who is leading our new 6pm Bracknell gathering, we have three outstanding young leaders. Please be praying for them a they step up to their new roles, that they will lead with wisdom, humility, clarity, boldness, love and with a desire to serve others.
One of the roles of leaders is to keep learning and improving our leadership gift. There are two ways I want to encourage you to do that if you're a Kerith leader.
First to come to the All Leaders Meeting which is in K2 starting at 7.45pm on Tuesday (17th September). I'll be talking more about what we're doing as a community, sharing some leadership insights and doing some Q&A. Anyone who is a leader, or aspires to be a leader, in our community is invited.
Secondly to come to the Global Leadership Summit on the 11th and 12th October. I challenge you to find higher quality leadership training anywhere in the world, and the great news is that as part of Kerith you get in for the incredible rate of £30 - just sign in at reception.
Hope to see you at both events :)