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Leadership, It's Got It's Risks, part 2

Transform Student, inductive Bible Study, leadership
This is part 2 of our Tuesday post by Ritchie Johnson, Director of Transform Student Ministries. In case you are not familiar with Transform, as Precept's generational equipping arm they train students in inductive Bible and equip them to lead studies with their peers.
Part one covered the first 2 risks  for leadershipto avoid .

3. The “happy rule.”

I completely made this title up by the way, so let me clarify. One thing that drives me crazy as much as anything else is decision making based on what makes the most people…happy. As leaders, our decision making process should run through the leadership of the Holy Spirit, God’s desires and not our own. And just to be frank, often the right decision is the exact opposite of the one that will make the most people happy. And really, who is it that thinks they can make everyone happy anyway? My three children have different desires that would make each happy, how many desires would you have to meet to make everyone happy in your business, or church, or other organization? Bottom line, it can’t be done and shouldn’t be pursued even if it was possible (which it isn’t J).

Spanish Bible Study Right Here in Home Town, USA

inductive bible study, precept Ministries, Spanish ministry
When you hear the term Spanish Ministry you probably think Mexico, or Central and South America. Right?


Leadership, It's Got It's Risks. Part 1

inductive Bible Study, Precept Ministries, Bible Study
We are passionate about using inductive Bible study to establish people in the Word of God. Part of that mission includes training Bible study leaders to use inductive Bible study materials and methods to make disciples. Because of that leadership as a topic comes up quite often at Precept Ministries.
In this two part post addressing the risks in leadership Transform Student Ministries director, Ritchie Johnson tackles the subject of risks and leadership.

The Risks of Leadership
Leadership is something that I think about, read about, and talk about a good bit. In fact, it’s something that I think I’ve been gifted with (Rom. 12:6-8) by the Holy Spirit for the purpose of building up the Body of Christ (Eph. 4:12). God helped me to discover this gift of leadership by always putting me in situations where I was required to lead to one degree or another from the time I was saved at age 18. By His grace, I’ve found that I’m able to make tough decisions, decisions that some disagree with, and to be accountable for them. I actually enjoy the responsibility of taking a group of people from point A to point B along a journey of some kind. Leadership is the reason I often enjoy writing, or speaking, or mentoring.

Biblical Examples of Leadership: Nehemiah, part 2

Leadership, Precept Ministries, Bible Study, Kay Arthur
This is our second blog post on Nehemiah. In part 1 we looked at leadership and vision. In this one we will look at vision and timing.

Nehemiah caught a glimpse of a vision for the way things ought to be. That is really what a vision is, an idea or a realization of the way things should be, or you could say it is the desired outcome. In Nehemiah's case that would be the wall rebuilt around Jerusalem. In chapter 1 of the book bearing his name, Nehemiah prays and seeks God. He closes his prayer by asking God for compassion before the king. He leaves you with the impression he is about to go to the king and ask for help in rebuilding the walls. The question in this post is "when?" or the timing of moving forward toward the vision.

Biblical Examples of Leadership: Nehemiah, part 1

Leadership, Bible study, Precept Ministries, Kay Arthur
We have talked a lot about leadership the last few weeks. Earlier this week our blog post looked at one Biblical example, Joseph. In this post, we want to look at the example of Nehemiah.

In some ways their lives were similar. Both men were captives in a foreign land. However, there is nothing in the life of Nehemiah to indicate leadership training. Nehemiah seems to be only a servant to the king, an important servant, but still only a servant. Nehemiah while at the king’s palace in Susa heard that the walls of Jerusalem had still not been rebuilt. The temple had been completed about 70 years earlier but the walls of the city had not been rebuilt. Now, today in our culture this doesn’t seem to be a big deal, however twenty four hundred years ago things were different. This was a serious problem on many different levels.

Leading Young Discoverers

Leadership, D4Y, Bible study, Precept Ministries, Kay Arthur

Leading Young Discoverers 

Kaysie Strickland wrote this blog post for Transform Student Ministries. On Tuesdays and Thursdays we are sharing posts from our Transform team.

Leading a Discover 4 Yourself (D4Y) class was a new adventure for me. My first leadership experiences involved Middle and High Schoolers using the Precept Upon Precept materials or the 40 Minute Studies. When I opened the cover of my first D4Y workbook I really had no idea what to expect. I do strangely remember feeling more pressure in my initial preparation to lead, only because I wasn’t confident in the capabilities of the D4Y material.

Biblical Examples of Leadership: Joseph.

Leadership, Kay Arthur, Precept Ministries, Bible study

In the book of Genesis we meet Joseph.

He is the next to the youngest son of Jacob, grandson of Isaac, and great grandson of Abraham. Joseph was called and destined by God to be a leader, so it should be an easy road to travel, right? No. It was a hard and ugly path to the place God had called him.

Leadership, Being An Agent of Change

Leadership, Bible study, Precept Ministries

Leaders are agents of change!

You may be thinking, well what does that mean? As leaders, and as Christians, it is our responsibility to be agents of change in a world gone wrong.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once wrote: "There was a time when the church was very powerful - in the time when the early Christians rejoiced at being deemed worthy to suffer for what they believed. In those days the church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society.”1

What is the difference between a thermometer and a thermostat? A thermostat sets the temperature, a thermometer just records it. As leaders we must, and I mean must, set the temperature in our families, our churches, our communities, and our nation. At every level we can conform to the level around us or we can raise the level.

I do not mean to suggest this is easy or painless. But it is what we are called to do. A leader that conforms the temperature around them or maintains status quo is no leader at all.

How do we make a difference?

1. Strengthen the core.

Kony 2012: Leadership Lessons, Part 2

Kony 2012, Precept Ministries, Kay Arthur, Bible Study
Tuesdays and Thursdays we are bringing you blog posts by our Transform Student Ministry team, the generational equipping arm of Precept Ministries International.
Tuesday, April 10th, we posted Kony 2012, Part 1 by Rithchie Johnson. Today we are bringing you Part 2.
If you are unfamiliar with Kony, here are a couple of links to help give you some background.

3. Address the heart issue.

So let’s say you’re not sure you can support Kony 2012; is there still something you can do with the message?

Meet Precept Ministries own Jan Priddy!

Jan Priddy, Precept Ministries, Bible Study Leader
So far we have introduced you to David Arthur, and to Pete DeLacy in our blog posts. Today, meet one of Precept's absolute jewels, Jan Priddy. Also known as Priddy Please, and Pretty Jan Priddy. Her passion for the Word and for Bible study leaders, along with years of experience make her the answer woman for all the leader questions.

Jan Priddy, what are your 5 favorite Bible studies?

Since Don was in the military we moved around the world introducing new areas to Precept Bible studies. When I started a new class I would begin with Lord, I want to know You.

Kony 2012: Leadership Lessons, Part 1

On Tuesdays and Thursdays we will be posting blogs by Transform Student Ministries. Transform is the generational equipping arm of Precept Ministries International. Ritchie Johnson, Transform’s Director, gives us some practical advice in decision making as leaders by addressing the Kony 2012 issue. Not sure what Kony 2012 is? Well then, keep reading! [David Lawson for Precept Ministries]

And, watch for Part 2 coming this Thursday.

Leadership By Example, Part 2

Kay Arthur, Leading By Example, Bible Study, Precept Ministries, Leading

They are watching every move you make.

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