Well, if you are watching the news at all of late, (I'm still keeping mine very limited) you'll recognize we are once again bombarded with the importance of who leadership surround themselves with as well as who they "tap" to serve with them, in positions of prominence. Whether they be department heads, directors, managers, VP's, this is always a difficult and interesting process.
People place different priorities on words and deeds of the past, belief systems from "back then" versus "here and now" and whether associations from "days gone by" are still in play and relevant today.
In the midst of all of this, are the conversations that continue to take place at the present time. Goals, dreams, aspirations, fears and hopes. What are the desired accomplishments and outcomes? What is feasible and reasonable? What is impossible and can be dismissed now?
The element of this conversation that always strikes me, isn't so much the conclusion that the decision-maker comes to, resulting in "passing" on a candidate, but the candidates' own recognition that they are not the person for the opportunity in question. Perhaps they don't feel they are the right fit, the right experience or qualifications or some other "right" factor that simply isn't there. Perhaps it's just not an aspiration; their contentedness and quality of life are such, they they feel they would be doing a disservice to their family, community and self to be doing anything other than what they are doing and where as well as for whom.
We've prayed over leadership teams and their advisors, after their formation, but what transpires before they become teams? Today, let us pray over the formation itself.
Pray, this #associatePastorTuesday, for wisdom, on behalf of the decision-makers and the candidates. As conversations take place, information comes to light and conclusions are made, pray the choices of who should be placed where and when would be made clear. Pray for discernment as leadership looks, not for the best or the brightest, but for God's will... for the person or persons He has ordained to step into those opportunities for ministry and leadership and service to the church and the kingdom of God at-large. May candidates as well, remain sensitive to the Holy Spirit, knowing when and where the open door awaits that they should walk through and when the should state, this is not of God; not for me, not now.
Clarity of purpose
Throughout the vetting process.
To know who God would have where and when.
To be used by God for His glory.
Sovereignly placed, to be effective for the cause of Christ.
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