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Bill Robertson, Director Pastoral Leadership Team
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Stacy Morgan, Church Administration Strategist
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Gary Mitchell, Bivocational Smaller Church Consultant - South
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Benjamin Harlan, Music Strategist
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Fit For The Fight 

"Fit for the Fight" is written by Dr. Jim Fisher to encourage pastors in their journey of biblical shepherding and as an exhortation for holistic care.

Dr. Fisher has a heart for pastoral wellness. As a 15-year veteran of church ministry, he has lived both the blessings and the burdens of pastoral ministry. His concerns for wellness, the direction of pastoral leadership and unrealistic congregational expectations, led him to Ph.D. studies. Jim is an active military chaplain with over 28 years of enlisted and officer service. He is a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Jim has served as a seminary trustee (first vice-chairman) and has taught as an adjunct professor for three colleges and two seminaries. He and Tracy have been married for more than 26 years and have three children.

Dr. Fisher is a graduate of the University of Mobile (B.S.), Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Ph.D.)


Fit For The Fight - Current Issue

Fit for the Fight 02-2013
Added 6/4/2013 12:02:30 PM

“Pastor, what do you think about leadership?”  February 2013

The myriad usages of  “leadership” often obscure its origination.[1] Etymology reminds us that the meaning finds its roots in the idea of  “guiding, directing, and traveling.”  Consequently, a leader takes someone along on a journey, with a clear destination.


The Leadership Example

Christians seek to be like Him...a servant.  Leading is serving and serving is leading.  The source material for the footprints and fingerprints of Jesus is found in the Bible. Inspiration and direction come from studying Scripture, praying through the revealed Truth.  While there are official titles and positions for leadership, such labels are unnecessary to lead.  Everyone has a circle of influence. 

The use of “lead” and “serve” as synonyms does not diminish the reality of difficulties, disagreements, or debates.  It does mean the presence of a pastoral spirit and an invisible shepherd’s staff.  

People-pleasers

Many “leaders” are survivalists, concerned with popularity over principle.  They “lead” by consensus prodding, when often, the courageous minority is right.  Indeed, a “prophet-deficit” has proven to be unbelievably costly.  The goal of leadership is not to have everyone’s approval, affection, and applause.

Matters of style and strengths are inherently connected to any conversation of leadership.  But, what is said about the substance of leadership?  The source of one’s leadership theology and its implementation/application must be foundationally fixed.  Without such security, the leader will vacillate when the winds of adversity blow.  Such a leader is unreliable, disrespected, and marginalized, even though revered as “successful.”

Personal integrity is humbly bound to a core of convictions, founded and grounded in the Scripture.  Such veracity will garner the respect of most, even amidst divergent views.  Belief and behavior must be congruent.  Convictions must be distinguished from preferences.  Confusing the two will sound an unclear trumpet to all.  

Application

Dictionary.  What dictionary are you using to define and defend your use of “leadership?”   The source may determine the course. 

Direction.  Are you drifting away from the Truth?  The wrong book can you lead you away from the Book.  

Discipleship.  Have you forgotten the Great Commission?  Padding your resume by more seats in padded pews is not necessarily obedience. 


© Jim Fisher, Ph.D.  
Christian Education and Leadership Concepts, LLC.   
CEandLC@gmail.com 
Fit for the Fight, February 2013 

 

 [1] Much of the information is taken from the author’s dissertation: The Relationship between Selected Disciplines of Physical Wellness and Spiritual Wellness among Southern Baptist Pastors, 2006.