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Reality -- Keep it Real, Part 10 (Strategic Christian Leadership #46)

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The simple purpose of this podcast is to help Christian leaders understand how planning and strategizing is important to carrying out the Great Commission.

Our Strategic Christian Leadership Bible verse for this episode is Jeremiah 29:11 which says, "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end."

Our Strategic Christian Leadership quote for this episode is from Nelson Mandela. He said, "A leader is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind."

Our topic today is part 10 of “Chapter 3: Reality — Keep it Real” from “Deliberate Simplicity: How the Church Does More by Doing Less” by Dave Browning. He continues as follows:

What might keep a pastor doing the ministry himself instead of seeing that the ministry gets done? 

In this model, the pastor gets to come down off his pedestal and be a real person too. The pastor, like the others, wears an ingredients label that reads, “Dust and Divine Spit.” He is made out of the same stuff and faces the same life issues. He has an important role, but he is not on a different level. He is free to be who he is in Christ. The weight of the church is not on his shoulders alone. When every believer is a minister, it creates a healthier body. 

Jesus intended not to build a religious organization but to start a movement of real people to transform the spiritual landscape. Religious people and systems have always made things complicated for God. Religious institutions trend toward conformity and control. Instead of empowering people, they enslave them. 

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