In my bookcases at the church office I have three shelves filled with books on leadership. While reading about leadership is not the same as actually leading, I believe some of those books have helped me learn how to lead better. One of the great leaders in the Bible was Moses. Think of it - even though he did not want to, he responded to God's call to lead God's people out of slavery in Egypt, through the desert for forty years, and into a promised land. The challenges he faced required him to adapt his leadership style over time.
At one point, Moses realized his leadership task had grown beyond his capacity, so he sought advice from his father-in-law, Jethro, who said,
What you are doing is not good. You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot do it alone.
So Moses began to delegate and the task moved forward!
Last night, our Calvin room was filled with leaders, energy, and the spirit of God - at least that's the way I saw it. We began our intensive leadership training for our upcoming Capital Campaign and by the end of the meeting the excitement in the room was palpable. I am so grateful that those leaders responded to the call to step up and help lead our congregation through this campaign so that we can complete the vision we believe God has set before us. I certainly know that, like Moses, I cannot lead this campaign alone. In fact, being Presbyterian means that we are led by elders -- that is what the word "Presbyterian" means - to be governed by elders. Together we are able to do what none of us could ever do alone.
Today, I would ask that you pray for those leaders who have courageously agreed to help organize and arrange all that needs to happen this fall. Thank God for their willingness to serve and pray for strength to move forward. And if one of them calls and asks you to help them, please say "Yes."