THE ARCHBISHOP AND PRESIDING PRELATE
His Beatitude Sir Godfrey Gregg DD
APOSTOLIC LEADERS ARE BORN NOT MADE
To my Lord Patriarch and Bishop of Starlight of Israel Sir Darrindel Hoyte-Johnson, Matriarch-Elect Hon. Janet McClean, Crowned Queen Abbess Dr. Jacinta Albert-Patrick, His Eminence Sir Eric Alleyne, Patriarch McGillvary and the Queen Abbess of London, England, Clergy, brothers, sisters, friends and well-wishers greetings.
You can identify them, train them, guide them, and encourage them, but you can’t create them.
While you can and should encourage every believer to be committed to and engage in mission, we have to be comfortable with the idea that Paul was serious when he wrote that all God’s people have gifts and they are in fact different from one another.
Too many ministries fall into the trap of believing that being Missional is the same as being apostolic and that any person can be developed into an apostolic leader. So they press and push people with leadership gifts into attempting an apostolic leadership role that neither fits them nor ultimately advances the mission. Leaders who are not Apostolic find themselves forced into places where they will face certain failure. Trying to do so will not only harm the individual but also frustrate the purposes of whatever mission you are attempting
How do you avoid this problem?
By developing a ministry that allows a variety of gifts in people to emerge and then particularly identifies the apostolic oriented gifts to be identified and developed.
What does that kind of ministry look like?
It is ministry that recognizes that apostolic gifts that come in every ethnicity and in both genders. Leaders must have eyes to recognize the signs of the apostolic no matter what language or culture is represented.
It is ministry whose leaders are always on the look out for those who demonstrate in their everyday lives characteristics that indicate their apostolic gifts.
You are looking for:
- Risk takers who are willing to step outside their comfort zones to try a new thing.
- Men and women who are zealously focused, determined to follow through on their convictions. In work and play they drive forward relentlessly.
- Folks who are eager to act out their convictions and are often impatient in their desire to see mission advance no matter the barriers.
- Folks who, if they don’t see your organization moving forward in the way they think it should, will go ahead with what they want to do anyway, perhaps even starting their own organization to advance what they believe to be essential to the gospel.
We have to be very careful since there are some who wants the church to move in their direction and not necessarily the word of God. Many times they will gather the weak members to branch out on their own. Except the Lord build the house they will labour in vain. Their gifts can be big which means they can be unwieldy tools in the hands of the untutored and unpracticed. In their youth, apostolic leaders are prone to make mistakes, sometimes out sized ones that match their gifts. Even though apostolic gifts that are untrained and un-mentored can be a menace to a group and create conflicts that encourage constant uproar, ministry that develops apostolic leaders must allow its members to make mistakes. It is not only the price you pay to allow such gifts to emerge but it is also the way for these folks to learn. But we mustn’t allow the mistakes to be repeated until they result in real damage. We must help them both correct and redeem those mistakes so that a greater work can emerge. Leaders have to be willing to stand for, with, and sometimes in front of apostolic leaders so that they are not only trained but also cared for in sometimes rough and wild public domain.
It’s important to remember that Apostolic leaders can be abused by their experiences in the world and by others who, overwhelmed by their personalities, believe the only way to exercise control over them is to be heavy handed and sometimes mean. Apostolic leaders need to be mentored by others who encourage and guide their gifts and honestly care and believe in what they are about.
Those of us who lead movements in the Gospel need to develop environments that allow apostolic gifts to both emerge and grow. If we are attentive, we will be blessed by seeing apostolic leaders have kingdom impact and break through barriers in ways we never believed possible. Give the youth the opportunity to advance and in that way you will cement then into open doors. Let us as Leaders put aside all differences and look for values in our youths and encourage them to move ahead. A youth ministry may be the way forward. NOT SO FAST, we are going to pray about this and ask God to lead kindly light.
To God our father be all the honours and the glory and for keeping us under the shadows of Thy wings. God grant us the understanding to move to the next level. If ever there was a time that we need Thee is in these dark hours. The world is truly falling apart and I pray for all the help and strength that is possible to take us beyond the reach of our mortal sense of reasoning. May peace reigns in the hearts of your servants and children. Amen