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The Changing of the Guards – the year of transition
Workshop 2Elder StylesMinister Davidson &Deacon Gilbert
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SMALL GROUPSList the reasons why we have the changing of the Guards ceremonyWhat’s your definition of change & give one example eachWhat’s your understanding of transitioning & how do you know when it is taking place
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God’s leadership succession planning & transitioningWhat can we learn from the way the mantle moved from Moses to JoshuaWhat experience did Joshua take from his mentor Moses that enabled him to successfully deal with the challenges he facedMaking sense of your own change movements
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To enable present & emerging leaders to understand the relevance of timely succession planningTo consider the God way to transition planningProvide clarity on the ‘soft’ and hard skills & ability required to lead God’s people
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Change & Transition
The difference between these is subtle but important. Change is something that happens to people, even if they don't agree with it.Transition, on the other hand, is internal: it's what happens in people's minds as they go through change. Change can happen very quickly, while transition usually occurs more slowly.
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Biblical example of change & transition
His birth (Ex. 2:1-10)Adopted by Pharaoh's daughter (Ex. 2:16)Great mistakes & great choices (Ex. 2;11-12; Heb. 11:24-27)Wilderness training (Ex. 2:16-25)His call to serve God (Ex.3:1-22)Moses ‘slow of speech’ argument with God (EX. 4:1-7)His return to Egypt (Ex. 4: 18-31)God sends him to Pharaoh (Ex. 5: 1; until chap. -12.30)Red Sea miracle (Ex. 13: 17)The water of Meribah transgressionAsked God for a successor
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Overview of Joshua
Moses personal aid & military commanderName means, ‘The Lord is Salvation’His commissioning (Jo. 1:1-18)The commission of the spies (Jo.2:1)The crossing of the Jordan (3. 1-4:18)The conquest of Jericho (6:1 -27)
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What can we learn from their experiences?
Group ExerciseYou are never to old to make bad mistakes (struggled with anger, even though he was an educated man (Acts 7:22)Ex. 32: 19 when he came down from Mt Sinai & broke the tablets.Struck the rock at Meribah.
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If God is leading, the work will go on (Num. 27:12, 17 & 18).The heart of Moses laid open (Num. 27: 16-18 – chosen by God & and had a shepherds heart: God already had Joshua ready to transition. Our human desires will see us replacing longstanding leaders with someone very much like us
When God removes, he replaces:Moses support God’s choice both publicly & privately (Duet 31:7-8, Moses privately strengthens his successor)Num. 27:22 “so Moses did as the Lord commanded” & took Joshua before Eleazer the priest & the congregation & inaugurated him, just as the Lord commanded)There will come a time when its time to go(Deut.34:7 120 yrs. old, his eye was not dim, nor his vigour abated – the only man in the Bible that God personally buried)
The characteristics of the servant leader; Moses & Joshua
A Godly leader is marked by a servant attitude, transparent integrity, godly character, and faithful biblical teacherPaul often referred to himself as a bond-servant of Jesus Christ (Rom. 1:1; Gal. 1:10; Col. 1:7; 4:7; Titus 1:1).As Paul said (Gal. 1:10), “For am I now seeking the favour of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? (men pleasers cannot speak the truth)“to lead effectively you must be out ahead of your people in Bible study and prayer “to lead effectively you must be out ahead of your people in Bible study and prayer
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Small Group Exercise
What steps are you taking to plan for the future of your family & the church or any other change which is coming up?What are your greatest fears when thinking about change & transitioning?What can you learn from your past experiences of change?
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Why is it important for God to lead on succession planning?
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Key transition principles
Let the pastor be the pastor (9).Joshua had a different leadership style. E.g.1 Sam. 17:39. Saul urged David to wear armour that could not fit. David fought Goliath his way! Elisha could not be ElijahAssist the pastor in the ministry (Ex. 18:17-18).Pray for your pastor. (1. Thess. 5:25)encouraged the ‘brothers, pray for us’. God gives the wisdom to doWhat you won’t kill will kill you: Joshua / the Achan effect
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Never screen anyone out!!
Noah was a drunkAbraham was too oldIsaac was a daydreamerJacob was a liarLeah was uglyJoseph was a ‘daddies boy’Moses had a stuttering problemGideon was afraidSamson was a womanizer
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Rahab was a prostituteJeremiah and Timothy were too youngDavid was an adulterer and a murdererElijah was suicidalJonah ran from GodNaomi was a widow & a womanJob went bankruptPeter denied Christ
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Elder Styles
What experience did Joshua take from his mentor Moses that enabled him to successfully deal with the challenges he facedWhat can we learn from the way the mantle moved from Moses to Joshua
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Soft & hard skills
prayer, fasting, love & forgiveness, servant qualities & study of the word1Thes 5:17: prayer without ceasingPhil. 4:6 make your request be knownCol. 4:2 continue steadfastly in prayer1stSam. 12:13 & 1stSam. 8:6 – Samuel prayed for Israel as they moved from a coalition of tribes to a monarchy he still prayed for them
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Understanding the ‘Rules of Engagement’
Let God lead….Jesus is Lord……Seek ye first……..Prayer & fasting……Holiness…….a leader, can see further than those around him (WC)The Lot effect (God spoke when Lot left!!)Faith
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What does readiness look like for the CEO (Christ Executive Order)
Developing contextual competenciesReading the environmentLeadership and visionHuman resource managementResult orientatedAcknowledge that ‘command & control’ model outdated
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The transition process
Know your history (your history can either bind you or be a source of power: so make the most of those defining moments in your life)Acknowledge your history (how you can use these events to ‘shape your outlook’: All things work together. Roms. 8:28 & M. Gladwell ‘Tipping Point’Articulate your history (use your experiences to build your future in God = paradigm shift) Jacob/Israel Saul/Paul etc
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Now it over to you!!
New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings
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The Changing of the Guards – the year of transition