I have not been given many opportunities to lead, but I have learned a lot about how I lead through those scarce opportunities. I have learned that when I comes to leading I will not tell someone else to do something that I have not done myself or would not do myself. I have learned that I would rather lead by example than just tell others what they have to do. I am the type of leader who will tell you what needs to be done and then help you accomplish it. I am not the type of leader who tells you what needs to be done and then supervises and does not get his hands dirty. As a leader I want to know what needs to get done, be able to tell those I lead what they need to do, and then help them ...view middle of the document...
I try to act the same whether or not someone is around to see my actions or not. I know that God is always with me and he would want me to make good decision even if no one will know I made a good decision. I also know is there with me and I try to live my life in a way that pleases Him.
When I deal with others or am tempted to hurt others, I try to remember the parable of the sheep and the goats. Jesus told his Disciples that what they did to others they did to Him. I try to remember this passage when I want to hurt someone else or when I have an opportunity to help someone and do not. I try to get myself to see everyone I come in contact with as important and remember that God loves them and so should I. By thinking this way I find I become more patient, better able to withstand the anger of others, and better satisfied with myself.
Discipleship is an important aspect of spiritual growth. Through discipleship we are shown how to live our lives in a way that honors and glorifies God. In my life I have been disciple by many different people showing me how to grow in different areas of my life. My dad has demonstrated to me how to live a life of integrity and diligence. My youth pastor showed me how to use my God-given gifts to further the kingdom of God. My current employer has shown me how to work hard and display the love of God by doing your job well.
I have also been allowed to disciple others and share with them the insights others have so graciously shown me. I have spent two summers working with CRU (formerly known as Campus Crusade for Christ) helping to teach and show elementary aged children the love of God and what it truly means to serve Him. These summers have been some of the best experiences of my live because they have allowed me to share the love of God with others but because these kids also changed me and showed me what it truly means to disciple others. It means you begin to love them like your own family. I almost feel that they taught me more than I taught them.
As I prepare to go into the ministry it is important to recognize the areas in my life where I will excel and the areas that are weak. In this course I have seen how important small groups and discipleship is to spiritual growth. In this paper I will identify several areas of my life that can be used to help others grow in their spiritual walk with God. I will also identify one area in my life that I need to work on to make myself into a better spiritual mentor.
The first skill that I have that I believe will be helpful in the ministry is my ability to listen to others. Pastors and theologians have developed a reputation for having an opinion on everything and never stop to listen to anyone else. Whether this reputation is true or not pastors need to be people listen rather talk. Sometimes all people want is someone to listen to what they have to say and not someone to solve their problems for them. As a pastor people are constantly going to be coming to me with...