Influencer & Benefactor

A Daily Leadership Essentials Quote
from Veritas Leadership Journal at HeartPathJournal.net
Online Publications by David J. Hall

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We only have as much influence in people’s lives
as they have value for us.

( Kris Vallotton / Pastor, Author )

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Peace in the Here and Now

A Daily Leadership Essentials Quote

from Veritas Leadership Journal at HeartPathJournal.net

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Are you presently unable to minister in your usual forum due to health or circumstances that are beyond your control? While I encourage you to pray for God’s help in the area of your troubles, I also encourage you to be at peace with where He has you.

He never ‘wastes’ the lives nor the deaths of His servants. Ask the Lord to define for you the mission that He has for you within the arena which you are currently ‘stuck.’

( djh / “Expendables for Christ” )

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When Our Crown Becomes Thorns

A Daily Leadership Essentials Quote

from Veritas Leadership Journal at HeartPathJournal.net

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The Crown for Leadership which becomes a Crown of Thorns should not be a surprise, it is not a strange thing. Jesus warns us that if people hated Him, they would hate us too. So, in the words of Peter, it was ‘to this you were called’ (1 Peter 2:20-23)

How did Jesus find the strength to endure and to keep depression at bay while people hated Him? ‘He entrusted Himself to Him who judges justly’ (v.23). He did this through praying alone often, very often!

( djh / “To This You Were Called” )

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Leaders: Mentor!

A Daily Leadership Essentials Quote
from Veritas Leadership Journal at HeartPathJournal.net
by David J. Hall

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There is an association of more than 400 young men who express a commitment to learn how to honor God in every area of life. They were asked if they regularly meet with an older man for advice, encouragement, accountability, or prayer.

Only 2% said yes.

But, 98% said they would welcome that kind of relationship.

Christian Leaders, it’s assumable that 98% of your group [who are committed to personal growth and development in godliness] would welcome a Mentoring Relationship with you, or with one of the group’s other leaders.

( djh / “The Call to Mentoring” )

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What I Miss About Full Time Ministry

A little over a quarter of a century ago my wife and I entered into full time ministry. I served several years as an Associate Pastor with a variety of portfolios in both small and large churches, and as an itinerant Revivalist for several years speaking in churches, retreats, conferences, and the like. I have also served as the Lead Pastor of a local church for almost a decade.

My call to ministry came when I was a Junior in high school, a call that was a simple statement from the Lord saying, “Follow Me everywhere I will take you.” With His call came a drive within me to follow Him and to do what He led me to do and to be. That drive is just as strong today as it ever has been.

So, in 2006 when my health had reached such a debilitating and chronic stage that I couldn’t maintain a schedule of any kind, we resigned from the pastorate. The church family was incredibly, affectionately, and sacrificially patient with me, but I knew that they needed a Pastor who was present and actively engaged every day.

Stepping away from full time ministry was the most challenging thing that I have ever experienced. The divine drive within me was still just as strong as ever, but my health (at age 41) was beyond my control, and beyond the control of doctors.

For the first time in my life I understood what almost every minister experiences when they have reached the point to retire. The drive in the heart does not retire, and that is difficult to bear.

What I miss most is Pastoring a local church over a long period of time. In that setting I found the honor and privilege of working with and observing people as they are transformed by God one day, one week, one month, one year at a time; to be near when their children are born; to be there when they have surgery; and yes, to be there at their loved one’s funeral.

People are what I miss the most. It was the wonderful drive that Christ planted in me and then nurtured and cultivated over time that kept me going through the good times and the tragic times.

Now, I am in bed about 18 hours per day. The pain and fatigue of my body make socializing a challenge most days. I too am experiencing what it is like to be housebound most of the time like so many seniors that I used to visit in their homes, hospital rooms, and care facilities. I think I always had empathy for them, but now I can say I know from experience what it is like.

These are things I really miss about full time ministry among people. But, don’t feel sorry for me! I am blessed beyond my comprehension by our Lord. His grace and provision have not taken my pain away, and it hasn’t taken my ministry-drive away. What His grace has provided is a deep awareness of His presence. He has more of my intimate attention than He ever has had, since I spend my days mostly with Him and Him alone.

Presently I am 50 years old, I have been ill for 15 years and mostly in bed for a decade. I do not wish anyone to have my same health, but I pray that EVERYONE can experience the Lord to at least the level that I am privileged to experience Him every day. I am blessed more than most!!

See you at the altar of prayer, my friends!

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To This You Were Called

Pastor, has your Crown for Leadership become a Crown of Thorns? Were you voted-in by a 98% vote and highly regarded during the first seasons of your ministry, only to recently enter into a very dark time when some people are making things very difficult for you? Has your recognition as a Pastor been transformed into a recognition as an obstacle by some [cruel people] who want to see the ministry head in a different direction?

Jesus knows exactly what that is like. So do the Apostles. So do most others who have been in ministry longer than a few months! It doesn’t take very long for the enemy to stir up trouble for Pastors, but the pastoral ministry is the arena to which we are called:

“… if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps. ‘He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in His mouth.’ When they hurled their insults at Him, He did not retaliate; when He suffered, He made no threats. Instead, He entrusted Himself to Him who judges justly.”

~ 1 Peter 2:20-23

If you are suffering because you are doing good, consider that Jesus Himself, the Perfect One, suffered in His ministry too. Our calling which comes from Him is not only to preach, teach, counsel, administrate, and to heal; it is also to demonstrate and model how to endure suffering by God’s provided grace.

The Crown for Leadership which becomes a Crown of Thorns should not be a surprise, it is not a strange thing. Jesus warns us in the gospels that if people hated Him, they would hate us too. So, it was “to this you were called.”

How did Jesus find the strength to endure and to keep depression at bay while people hated Him? “He entrusted Himself to Him who judges justly.” He did this through praying alone often, very often!

And He did these things “that you should follow in His steps.”

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