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Position Leadership vs. Lifestyle Leadership

April 27, 2010

Just some time ago we had a powerful, beautiful, awesome, extravagant, spectacular, tremendous, (I think you get the picture)….woman of God come and speak to the future leaders of this generation. Of course, I’m talking about Pastor Joesy Pineda of Victory Outreach Church of Hayward, CA. Being that she is my mother (hence the opening references) she was able to make a stop into the West Coast Urban Training Center for a time of teaching on the subject of leadership. Now, you may think I’m bias but I’m telling you, she is one of the best teachers I’ve heard on topical subjects. If you’ve ever sat under her then you know what I’m talking about.

You must remember, this is a woman who has her own library….literally. When you walk into her room(s) of books, you think, “Did I bring my library card?  Cause I want to check out some books.” You feel like you’re in a cartoon for a moment because you look up, you look down, you look all around and it’s nothing but books, journals, workbooks, tapes, cd’s, magazines, computers, and more.  It consists of thousands of commentaries, paperbacks, hard covers, leadership, church, marriage, financial, prophetic, parenting, singles-lifestyle, youth, I mean….you name it. It’s there. From old to right off the presses. She’s got it….and reads it. There’s probably even a book in there signed by Moses somewhere…j/k. Altogether, she is a woman who is a great reader and a powerful teacher. And when she came to the UTC, she ‘brought it.’

Here is a lil’ sample of the teaching given to our Leaders of the Future at the West Coast UTC:

LEADERSHIP IS NOT A POSITION, IT’S A LIFESTYLE!

NUMBERS 16:9 “DOES IT SEEM A SMALL THING TO YOU THAT THE GOD OF ISRAEL HAS SEPARATED YOU, HAS CHOSEN YOU FROM AMONG ALL THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL, TO BRING YOU NEAR TO HIMSELF TO DO THE SERVICE OF THE TABERNACLE OF THE LORD, AND TO STAND BEFORE THE PEOPLE TO MINISTER UNTO THEM?”

MOSES IS ASKING THE LEADERS, IS IT A SMALL THING THAT GOD HAS CALLED YOU AND SEPARATED YOU AND CHOSEN YOU FROM EVERYONE ELSE TO ALLOW YOU TO DO THE WORK OF THE LORD AND SERVE HIS PEOPLE?  IS THE POSITION OF LEADERSHIP MORE IMPORTANT TO YOU THAN LIVING THE LIFESTYLE OF A LEADER?  IS THE STATUS OF BEING A LEADER MORE VALUABLE TO YOU THAN YOUR CALLING TO LEAD?

IT’S ONE THING TO UNDERSTAND THE MEANING OF THE WORD LEADERSHIP, BUT QUITE ANOTHER THING TO LIVE IT.

LEADERSHIP IS A WORD WIDELY USED.  THE SYNONYMS FOR “LEADING” ARE:  PILOTING, GUIDING, OFFERING DIRECTION, INFLUENCING, EFFECTING, HEADING UP, SHOWING THE WAY BY GOING IN FRONT.

TODAY OUR COUNTRY HAS MANY GUTLESS LEADERS.  THEY HAVE THE POSITION, BUT NOT THE LIFESTYLE OR MORALITY TO BACK IT UP.  THEY HAVE THE TITLE, BUT DO NOT DEVELOP THE INTEGRITY TO CHANGE SO THAT EVENTUALLY THEY ARE CRUSHED BY THE WEIGHT OF THE TITLE.  YOU HAVE BEEN BROUGHT TO THIS MINISTRY FOR “SUCH A TIME AS THIS.” WE NEED LEADERS WHO WILL MAKE THE RIGHT DECISIONS WHEN THEY FIND THEMSELVES IN THE GRAY SHADOWS OF LIFE.  LEADERS WHO WILL STAND UP FOR WHAT THEY BELIEVE.  LEADERS WHO DON’T BLAME THEIR SNEAKY AND DISHONEST BEHAVIOR ON ANOTHER LEADER WHO IS NOT LIVING UP TO THE STANDARD OF LEADERSHIP.  SOME LEADERS LOOK AT OTHERS AND JUSTIFY THEMSELVES BY SAYING, “I SAW THEM DO IT.  I GUESS IT’S O.K.”

MOTHER TERESA WAS A WOMAN WHO LIVED OUT HER LEADERSHIP LIFESTYLE.  ONE OF THE QUOTES SHE HAS IS “I KNOW GOD WILL NOT GIVE ME ANYTHING I CAN’T HANDLE.  I JUST WISH HE DIDN’T TRUST ME SO MUCH.”

GOD IS WANTING TO TRUST YOU WITH MORE.  I WANT TO SHARE FOUR AREAS THAT I FEEL GOD WANTS YOU TO GROW IN.

CALL – COMPETENCY – CHARACTER – COMMITMENT

I. THE CALL

EPHESIANS 4:1 “WALK IN A MANNER WORTHY OF THE CALLING WITH WHICH YOU HAVE BEEN CALLED.”

WHAT MANNER ARE YOU WALKING IN?  WHAT ROAD ARE YOU ON?

THERE ARE THOSE OF YOU HERE THAT KNOW BEYOND A SHADOW OF A DOUBT THAT YOU HAVE BEEN CALLED.  YOU HAVE A POINT OF REFERENCE.  BUT THE BIBLE SAYS WE NEED TO WALK IN A CERTAIN MANNER.  YOU MAY NOW KNOW YOU’RE CALLED, BUT HOW ARE YOU SUPPOSED TO WALK?  WE HAVE BEEN CALLED TO WALK IN THE MANNER OF BEING A SERVANT LEADER.  WE HAVE BEEN CALLED TO A LIFE OF SERVICE TO GOD IN THE MIDST OF DEMANDING AND DESPERATE AND NEEDY PEOPLE.  YOU NEED TO SEE YOUR CALLING AS A CALL TO SERVE.

“A SERVANT IS IDENTIFIED BY HOW HE RESPONDS WHEN HE IS TREATED LIKE ONE.”

THERE IS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CHOOSING TO SERVE AND CHOOSING TO BE A SERVANT.

WHEN WE CHOOSE TO SERVE WE ARE STILL IN CHARGE.  WE DECIDE WHOM WE WILL SERVE AND WHEN WE WILL SERVE.  WE WORRY ABOUT ANYONE’S STEPPING ON US, OR TAKING CHARGE OVER US.  WE PICK OUR TIME TO SERVE, WE PICK THE PERSON WE WANT TO SERVE UNDER.

BUT WHEN WE CHOOSE TO BE A SERVANT, WE GIVE UP THE RIGHT TO BE IN CHARGE.  WE VOLUNTARILY CHOOSE TO BE TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF, SO WE CANNOT BE MANIPULATED OR USED.

MANY OF YOU HERE THAT WERE BORN INTO CHRISTIANITY, OR YOU’VE BEEN AROUND A LONG TIME…YOU CAN LOSE YOUR FEAR OF GOD AND JUST DRIFT ALONG.

  • WE’VE LOST OUR FEAR WHEN WE ARE DIPPING INTO THE OFFERING AND JUSTIFYING IT
  • WE’VE LOST OUR FEAR WHEN WE TRY TO MANIPULATE PEOPLE’S LIVES
  • WE’VE LOST OUR FEAR WHEN WE LACK MORAL PURITY.
  • GO SEEKING ADMIRATION OR APPROVAL FROM A MAN.

SOME PEOPLE CARE MORE ABOUT THE POWER OF LEADERSHIP THAN HOLINESS; MORE ABOUT WHAT THEY’RE DOING AND LESS ABOUT WHO THEY ARE AND WHAT THEIR CALLING IS.  MORE ABOUT WHAT THEY ARE GOING TO WEAR AND WHAT MATERIAL THINGS THEY HAVE, THAN THE CONDITION OF THEIR HEART.

PRIDE IS SUCH A SUBTLE ENEMY OF A LEADER.  THERE ARE ALWAYS TEMPTATIONS FOR PRIDE AND SELF-PROMOTION.  MANY OF US ARE AFRAID TO TRUST THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD BECAUSE WE WANT TO BE SURE THAT WE GET CREDIT FOR ALL WE DO.  THIS IS A ‘LEADERSHIP’ SEMINAR.  I WONDER IF WE CHANGED THE NAME AND CALLED THIS A SEMINAR FOR ‘SERVANTS’, HOW MANY WOULD COME?

LEADERSHIP IS NOT A POSITION, IT’S A LIFESTYLE.

II. COMPETENCY

COMPETENCY – IN THE WAY WE ACT AND THE WAY WE TREAT OTHERS

MANY PEOPLE HAVE SKILLS AND ABILITIES TO GET THINGS DONE….YOU ARE SO COMPETENT.  BUT YOU MIGHT HAVE A HORRIBLE ATTITUDE TOWARDS PEOPLE.  YOU USE AND ABUSE YOUR POSITION AS A LEADER TO MANIPULATE PEOPLE.  AS A LEADER, YOU HAVE TO DEAL WITH PEOPLE BUT DO YOU LIKE PEOPLE?  DO THEY LIKE YOU?  THE #1 REASON MOST  LEADERS FAIL IS A LACK OF COMPETENCE IN RELATIONSHIP SKILLS.  WE DON’T KNOW HOW TO WORK AS A TEAM WITH PEOPLE.

I READ IN A BOOK THIS SAYING, ”LORD GRANT ME THE SERENITY TO ACCEPT THE THINGS I CANNOT CHANGE, THE COURAGE TO CHANGE THE THINGS I CAN AND THE WISDOM TO HIDE THE BODIES OF THOSE PEOPLE I HAD TO KILL BECAUSE THEY PUSHED ME TOO FAR!”

IT WAS HARD FOR ME TO ACCEPT THE FACT THAT NOT EVERYONE LIKED ME.  BUT EVEN MORE THAN THAT…NOT EVERYONE LIKED OUR CHURCH.  I TOOK IT SO PERSONAL WHEN PEOPLE LEFT.  I FELT LIKE I HAD FAILED.  WHEN THEY LEFT, I JUST KNEW IT WAS MY FAULT.  THE FACT THAT PEOPLE HAVE LEFT YOUR CHURCH DOES NOT NECESSARILY MEAN YOU HAVE FAILED.  THERE ARE MANY THINGS OF WHICH WE HAVE NOT CONTROL.  THIS INCLUDES THE PEOPLE WHO DECIDE TO GO TO OUR CHURCHES OR NOT.

THERE ARE LEADERS WITHIN THE CHURCH WHO ARE COMPETING FOR MEMBERS.  THEY TALK TO ANOTHER LEADER SAYING, “HEY! THEY’RE IN MY MINISTRY.” AND THE POOR NEW CONVERT IS BEING PULLED TEN DIFFERENT WAYS.  WE HAVE OUR OWN “TURF BATTLES”.  THESE BATTLES BECOME A PROBLEM ONLY BECAUSE WE ARE LEADERS THAT ARE SMALL-MINDED.

PROVERBS 4:23 SAYS, “…ABOVE ALL ELSE, GUARD YOUR HEART, FOR IT AFFECTS EVERYTHING YOU DO.”

IF YOUR HEART ISN’T RIGHT, YOUR LEADERSHIP CAPABILITIES WILL BRING NO ETERNAL VALUE.

A LEADER IS NOT SOMEONE WHO CONTROLS OTHER PEOPLE, BUT SOMEONE WHO INSPIRES, SERVES AND LOVES.  COMMAND AND CONTROL IS OUT…LEADING AND INFLUENCE IS IN.

LEADERSHIP IS NOT A POSITION, IT’S A LIFESTYLE.

III. CHARACTER

CHARACTER HAS TO DO WITH OUR INTEGRITY AND MORALS.  WE NEED LEADERS WITH SOLID CHARACTERS.  SOME PEOPLE CARE MORE ABOUT THEIR ABILITIES INSTEAD OF THEIR CHARACTER.  YOU LOOK AROUND AND SAY, “WHY DIDN’T THEY PICK ME FOR THAT POSITION?  I’M BETTER THAN THEM.”  YOU MAY HAVE THE COMPETENCE, BUT DO YOU HAVE THE CHARACTER?

SOMETIMES WE INTENTIONALLY TRAIN FOR SKILLS AND CAPACITIES WHILE OUR CHARACTER IS PRESUMED TO BE THERE.  CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT DOESN’T JUST HAPPEN.   IT IS AN INTENTIONAL CHOICE OF BEHAVIOR.  WHY DO YOU WANT TO BE A LEADER?  FOR PRESTIGE, POSITION, FEELING OF IMPORTANCE, POSSESSIONS?  SPECIAL SEATING?

SOME PEOPLE CLIMB THE LADDER OF LEADERSHIP FAST – BUT IT’S BASED ONLY ON THEIR PERSONALITY AND ABILITIES, SO THEY CLIMB THE LADDER OF LEADERSHIP QUICKER AND FASTER.  DO YOU KNOW WHY IT’S FASTER?  BECAUSE THE LADDER OF LEADERSHIP WITH ABILITIES REQUIRES LESS TIME TO CLIMB THAN THE LADDER OF LEADERSHIP WITH CHARACTER.

ARE YOU A LEADER BECAUSE OF YOUR POSITION OR BECAUSE OF YOUR CHARACTER?

IV. COMMITMENT/LOYALTY

LOYALTY CANNOT BE BOUGHT; IT IS LOVING THE ONE YOU SERVE; WANTING THE ONE YOU LOVE TO BE BLESSED; STANDING AND TRUSTING IN THE ONE YOU SERVE.  I’VE SEEN FAITHFUL PEOPLE COME AND FAITHFUL PEOPLE GO.

WHY?  BECAUSE THEIR FAITHFULNESS HAD TO DO WITH WORKS.  THEY NEVER WENT TO THE NEXT STEP TO LOYALTY. FAITHFULNESS CAN STOP WHEN YOU GET HURT.  BUT A LOYAL PERSON WILL GUARD THEIR HEART AND NOT DEFEND THEMSELVES.  THEY ARE LOYAL TO GOD AND THOSE GOD PUTS OVER THEM.

PS. 3:3 SAYS, “BUT THOU O LORD ARE MY GLORY, YOU ARE MY SHIELD, YOU ARE THE LIFTER OF MY HEAD.”

LOYAL PEOPLE GUARD THEIR HEART.  THEY KNOW HOW TO PLAY HURT.

THE ABILITY TO DEVELOP LOYALTY COMES FROM INTIMACY.  SOME LEADERS ARE AFRAID TO ALLOW OTHER PEOPLE TO GET TOO CLOSE.  THEY ONLY ALLOW THEM TO GO SO FAR.  YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW.  IF YOU CAN’T BE LOYAL TO THOSE OVER YOU, HOW CAN YOU EXPECT THOSE UNDER YOU TO BE LOYAL.  WHAT GOES AROUND, COMES AROUND. IF YOU DON’T LOCK SPIRITS WITH YOUR PASTORS YOU WILL FIND YOURSELF BEING A WALL TO THE OTHERS IN THE CONGREGATION.

THE ENEMY OF INTIMACY IS COMPETITION.  THE ENEMY OF INTIMACY IS EGO. EGO MAKES US UNWILLING TO LEARN FROM OTHERS, AND EVEN FROM OUR OWN MISTAKES.  OUR EGO WOULD RATHER BLAME OTHERS.  EGO DOESN’T WANT TO LOOK BAD.

WE CAN’T DEVELOP LOYALTY WITH EGO RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE.

HOW CAN YOU TELL IF SOMEONE IS LOYAL?  BY THEIR GIVING AND THEIR ATTITUDE.  GIVING HAS TO BE ONE OF GIVING TO GOD, THEN TO PEOPLE.  YOU’VE GOT TO BE GIVING OF YOUR TIME, YOUR TALENTS AND YOUR TREASURE.

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ARE YOU WALKING IN A MANNER WORTHY OF THE CALLING IN YOUR LIFE?

ARE YOU TEACHABLE OR ARE YOU RELYING ON YOUR COMPETENCE TO SEE YOU THROUGH?

HOW DEEP IS YOUR CHARACTER?

HOW STRONG IS YOUR COMMITMENT AND LOYALTY?

LEADERSHIP IS NOT A POSITION…IT’S A LIFESTYLE.

Pastor Joesy Pineda is the Senior Pastor Victory Outreach Church in Hayward, CA. She is also the very first woman Senior Pastor within Victory Outreach Int’l Ministries.  She has been involved with Victory Outreach Int’l Ministries for over 39 years and is apart of the “Int’l Women’s Steering Committee.”  She is the Regional Overseer for the Philippines & Indonesia. She has received her BA in Christian Ministry and is currently pursuing her Masters in Christian Leadership.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Jorge permalink
    April 28, 2010 10:56 pm

    Great stuff!

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