My ninth week (November 21st – 27th) here at the YMAM LA base for the SOMD (School of Ministry Development) was really great except I also had some personal struggles as well but I praise God that He is helping me through all of these things. This week we were blessed with having Sean Lambert teach us on developing our calling and Lisa Jones our school leader also taught us on leading like Jesus.
The first three days of the week (Monday – Wednesday) Sean Lambert taught us on developing your calling. Sean is the YWAM San Diego/ Baja base leader and he leads the Homes for Hope as well so it was definitely a blessing from God to hear him teach us especially with all of the experience that he has with serving in missions for many years and in leadership as well. On Monday evening we also had a special informal class session with him at Lisa’s house (she is our school leader) for a couple of hours where we were given an opportunity to ask Sean questions about anything that was on our heart that we wanted to learn more about like with missions, support raising or just general life questions.
I really got a lot out of the teaching this week and I really would like to thank God for the things that He has spoken to me and also revealed to me as well. I would like to write some of the key highlights that God spoke to me through Sean Lambert and Lisa my school leader.
My Highlights from the topic on Developing Your Calling by Sean Lambert:
- God wants to work on different areas of our character including: 1) truth – to speak and act honestly and authentically, 2) generosity, 3) integrity and dependable (to be obedient and to follow through), 4) perseverance with alignment to God (Hebrews 12:1) and 5) faith (Hebrew 11:6).
- Romans 8:28 – When we go through a trial in our lives it is really important that we invite God to work it out.
- Very often when we are early in our ministry there will be these very clear tests that God will bring into our lives so it is really important to trust in Him during the process of Him teaching the things that He wants us to learn when He brings these tests into our lives.
- If you have anyone in your life that sees what you can and could be and not what you are right now this is a gift from God.
- Self-control is one of the most important leadership skills to have especially to have self-control over your tongue and also over your anger. This is something that God has especially brought to my attention that I need to work on more and ask Him more for His help in this area in my life.
- Don’t disconnect the “small seasons” from the “big seasons” in your life.
- We don’t discover our calling through seeking but through serving. Serving can lead to testing, discovery, and development.
- Hearing God’s voice is both a skill and a maturity. We shouldn’t be afraid to make mistakes when we are learning to hear God’s voice. When we do make mistakes it is really important that we are honest about it.
- Some keys to growing in our leadership are: 1) initiation/ hunger, (Matthew 5:6) 2) activation – just do it (James 1:22), 3) purification (1 John 1:9), 4) dedication (Mark 12:30), 5) spiritual disciplines, 6) expectation – to be a faith-filled leader (Hebrews 11:6), 7) transformation (2 Corinthians 3:18) and 8) multiplication (Acts 1:8).
- Four things we always need to be doing as leaders are: 1) abide in Christ, 2) to be aligned to God’s will, 3) to be a good steward and 4) to keep developing and growing ourselves and others.
- 5 Key areas of leadership development are: 1) to have good connection with both God and man, 2) to have good character, 3) to know our calling, 4) to have good competency life skills and 5) to know the context and the season we are currently in.
- A good leader knows their identity of who they are in Christ and as a person. They not only know their identity but they are rooted in their identity as well.
- One of the first tests that the enemy will try to test us is this question “Did God really say that?” This is why it is really important to journal so that we won’t forget what God has spoken to us.
- Each season in our lives can vary of the different time lengths but the key to remember is our response of what God is teaching us throughout our lives especially during times of transition that God brings to us.
- It is really important to write down some goals for our lives of what we see ourselves doing in the next 2 years, 5 years and 10 years.
On Tuesday, Sean asked us to think about what is in our leadership smoothie. This is what I wrote down for myself. The things that I need to improve on are: 1) my character, 2) my communication skills, 3) my relational skills, 4) my self-control and 5) trust. The things that I would like to keep are 1) my eye for detail, 2) my passion for intercession, 3) perseverance, 4) my compassionate heart for people, 5) my commitment to the vision and calling that God has on my life and 6) my teachable heart.
My Highlights from the topic on Leading like Jesus by Lisa Jones:
- Don’t draw lines and keep your spiritual lives separate from your secular lives.
- Jesus transformed twelve ordinary and unlikely people into the first generation of leaders of a movement that continues to affect the course of world history over two thousand years later.
- Jesus is the perfect one to follow as you seek to lead others and this involves surrender, of both your life and your leadership to Him.
- You need to know as a leader when to let go especially when you are discipling someone and it is not “working”.
- You need to know as a leader how to have a healthy balance both in your personal life and also in your ministry as well.
- When you make mistakes as a leader you need to give yourself permission to fail and make mistakes so you can learn from them. When you are at your earliest stages of leadership you will make a lot of mistakes but it is okay because you can learn from them.
- Jesus asks us to make a difference in this world by being effective servant leaders. This is not an option but it is a mandate from God.
- You don’t want to bring in your old wounds that you had experienced in life to your present role as a leader.
- We are people first and then we are leaders.
- Take God beyond the spiritual compartment of your private spiritual life and to give Him free rein in all your daily actions and relationships.
- Leadership by definition is a process of influence. Anytime you seek to influence the thinking, behavior or development of people in their personal or professional lives, you are taking on the role of a leader.
- It is really important to think what drives our motivations of why we choose to be a leader – is it for self-promotion, self-protection or is it for service and dedication to the needs of others?
- There are different types of leadership that we can have in our lives. Some examples are life role leadership (e.g. a parent, sibling, friend, etc), organizational leadership, personal leadership (it starts on the inside with our personal lives), one-on-one leadership (mentoring someone) and team leadership.
- There are four different domains of leadership which are: heart (it is first a spiritual matter), head (your beliefs and theories of leading), hands (how others are affected by your leadership from your actions) and habits (what your daily habits are in your relationship with God like with prayer, reading the Bible, etc).
I feel so very blessed by God to be able to have a season in my life that I can learn more about what leadership is. I am so very thankful for all of the things that God is teaching me and showing me where I need to grow and develop more in my life during this time. This week for our local outreach ministry time we went to the Americano mall on Wednesday evening to spread some joy and laughter with the people there. We gave out a ton of free things like homemade cookies, hugs, high fives and prayer! It was amazing to see how a tiny bit of love can put a smile on people’s faces! On Thursday the Justice DTS blessed the YWAM LA base with the most amazing bunch and Thanks-giving dinner which was really delicious and it was also such a treat as well!
I would like to thank-you for taking the time to read my blog and for expressing interest in hearing more about the journey that God has me on right now. It really means a lot to me and I am also so very appreciative for all of your prayers and encouragement as well. If you would like to hear what some of my personal prayer requests are please feel free to contact me and I’d be more than happy to let you know how you can be more specifically be praying for me at this time. Please also let me know if you have any prayer requests that I could pray for you as well because I would love to pray for you too. Thanks so much! I hope you had an amazing and blessed week!