Leaders, it is not good for you to live spiritually common with those you are called to lead.
As a leader, we cannot allow the troops to get comfortable with our presence and our voice.
When they become common they begin to disrespect the authority of your position because of being familiar with your presence. They lose respect and start feeling contempt for your voice of authority because they have become accustom to hearing it in a relaxed tone and look at you as more like a friend or buddy rather than a person of wisdom strategy and authority.
So often we cause the boundaries to be removed that are establish to maintain our position of leadership. When those boundaries are removed we lose our credibility as a leader in the sight of the troops. Leaders go through stages with the people.
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This is when you first start out with a person and you have to nurture them hold their hand and be with them to make sure they eat properly and are taken care of.
This is when you start teaching them some things to get them to start preparing for growth and to start standing and attempting to walk on their spiritual journey. You have to yet hold their hand but start teaching them to do things on their own.
This is when they are walking on their own and doing things on their own. When you allow them a limited amount of freedom but yet keep an eye on them to keep them from being hurt or making decisions that may bring them problems. You allow them to go place but you have to make sure they not going anywhere that will hurt them.
They are able to make decisions go out on their own spiritually dress themselves and start claiming their identity and revealing their talents
This is the stage when leadership starts withdrawing in a great way and allowing the individual to experiencing warfare and battles on their own watching from a longer distance.
They begin to withdraw themselves from showing them spiritual things and prepare them now for leaving from their daily care. They begin to let them begin to walk in what they have been taught and train. They now teach them how to survive warfare persecution hurts wounds pains.
This is the most intense time when many lessons are learned and practiced.
This is when they are pushed or volunteer to leave. This is the point when the leader almost seems to withdraw completely. They now declare to the individual that they must go out on their own. They now step out because they are forced to now live what they have been taught.
This is the stage were many times the enemy brings spiritual abandonment issues because the individual is put out to survive on their own without the weekly involvement of the leader.
This is the place were many times if a person don’t understand the process of maturity that they begin to seek out another leader and start the entire process over because of not wanting the loss of the constant presence of their leader. This is the most dangerous stage for leaders because they don’t want the individual to leave the nest and sometimes they will let them stay to long.
As a leader you can’t afford to get so close and common with your troops that you won’t be able to train and teach them properly, because of fear of hurting them or putting to much on them.
You can’t build them if you’re going to baby them. They can never be soldiers if you allow them to wimps!
~ Apostle Barbara R. Thomas
Apostle Barbara R. Thomas is founder of I Come to Heal Ministries, A Woman’s touch Ministry, The Next Dimension Global Outreach Ministries and Spoken Word School of Ministry and is on a mission, traveling the world, proclaiming the Gospel, for souls to be won to the Kingdom of God. She has life mandate to help bring others to their divine purpose.