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Jesus, the Caring Leader, Summary

The Navigator’s Core Leadership Model affirms that a caring leader will know, provide for, and protect those being led. What if a leader is not naturally a care giving person by gifting or heart inclination?  A leader not gifted in caring can actually do more harm than good if forced to do so.  How must such a leader care?

Every Christ-like leader will ENSURE that those being led have the leadership needed to thrive regardless of the leader’s competence. Within the body of Christ and eventually on every team, there will be people with the strengths and spiritual gifts to provide what others need.  So, a given leader may not be the best person to do the caring but will make sure that it happens.

An interesting development has taken place in recent years, at least in certain evangelical circles, where there does not appear to be an urgent concern for the eternal destiny of people. Those who do not claim to be followers of Jesus appear to be living an OK life.  Unless tragedy strikes, Jesus followers can be led to think that the smiles and relatively high standard of living of non-believers indicates that life is fine.  Fervor for evangelism has seemed to wane.  However, what could be a more important act of concern than for the eternal welfare of people?

The second to last discourse of Jesus was to His disciple, Peter, in John 21:15-19 when he told him to feed and tend to His followers. Ensuring that the foundation laid for this new faith community would continue was a priority for Jesus.  The “good seed” that had taken root needed to be nurtured.  Caring for people is of vital importance.  The last discourse of Jesus (Acts 1:6-11) addressed the other aspect of ultimate care for people by communicating the Gospel message.  Surely Jesus modeled a core leadership value of caring.

The Apostle Paul understood this care value and wrote so clearly to the Ephesian elders in Acts 20:28-31 “to keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers and to be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.” Intentional caring as a leader is not an option.

Both Jesus and Paul recognized a dual role of caring, for individuals and community. We may start with a genuine concern for individuals, but leaders also need to learn how to care for the community or flock.  Leadership is more than thinking about a person—there is the concern for corporate good as well.  If you can’t think beyond the individual you may put the flock at risk. Deciding what’s good for the whole can feel like betrayal if you most naturally care for individuals.  Sometimes the good of the many outweighs the good for the one.

In summary, a caring leader will seek to know those being led by invested focused time together.  This caring leader will seek to provide for those being led by ensuring health spiritually, physically, emotionally, relationally, and in all other ways.  Also, care is shown by protection from the Enemy, from hostile people, and from oneself.  Leaders cannot provide all the care needed personally or through delegation, and that is why perhaps the most caring function a leader like Jesus can do is to pray.  We need look no further than Jesus’ prayer in John 17 to see the way He cared through praying.  May we be known most of all for our regular, disciplined, and informed prayer life for those we have the privilege to serve as a leader.


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Jesus Cared by Protecting People

Along with knowing and providing for their flocks, Jesus and shepherd leaders protect. Safety is one of our most basic human needs (as Abraham Maslow’s pioneering theory proposed in 1943: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maslow%27s_hierarchy_of_needs) and much energy and attention is focused on deficiency needs.  In many parts of the world, good leaders must help provide protection from external forces such as hostile enemies, harsh natural elements, and debilitating disease.  Until safety is secured, people are unable to thrive.

There are other forms of protection good leaders ensure. Most people need protection from subtle (or not so subtle) internal forces such as greed, jealousy, and lack of forgiveness.  Children and adults alike can be oblivious to the harm crouching nearby seeking to devour.  Wise leaders bring experience and understanding to people and situations to avert unintended consequences.

Discerning when and where and how to protect is an ever-present challenge for caring leaders. From within the Gospels we see Jesus protecting the disciples from Satan, from people, and from self.

Jesus was well aware of Satan’s attacks having experienced them in the wilderness before launching His public ministry (Mark 1:13); dealing with him during His ministry years (Mark 8:33); and allowing him to accomplish God’s purposes near the end of His earthly ministry (John 13:27). He taught about the work of Satan in stealing the seeds of truth (Mark 4:15) and protected Peter when Satan demanded to harm him (Luke 22:31).  Should those of us seeking to live and lead like Jesus expect any less need to protect from Satan?

People who do not mind the things of God will harm overtly or covertly. Jesus taught the disciples to beware of false prophets, Pharisees, and Sadducees along with their teaching (Matthew 7:15, 16:6,12).  He warned them against the “wolves” (Matthew 7:15, 10:16) and strong men (Luke 11:22) who would do them harm.  There will be people who actually think that they are serving God’s cause by their groundless actions, as could have been the case with Judas (John 16:2).  Then there are those who are motivated selfishly to hurt others.  Leaders need to be wise and discerning to protect people from evil inside and outside the body of Christ.

Perhaps the hardest form of protecting is when trying to help another see what they are doing to themselves. John and James, motivated by their mother, asked for benefits for which they were clueless about the implications (Mark 10:35-40).  Several times Jesus chided the disciples for aspirations of greatness.  He told them specifically to beware of greed (Luke 12:15).  Motives cannot be managed; they can only be crucified daily.  Good leaders model self-protection and through accountability help others with protection from themselves.

The caring leader is a protector of those he or she serves. An environment must be created where safety exists so honest and transparent communication is normative.  The Armor of God must be valued and worn at all times to protect from spiritual warfare (Ephesians 6:10-18).  Boundaries (such as Cloud and Townsend have written about for all of life relationships) must be created to protect people from others who would cause hurt.  Sensitivity to the Holy Spirit must be cultivated in order to not grieve or quench His guiding in the way of truth and health.

How have you sought to protect those you lead? What could be lurking with the potential to bring small or great harm that you should enquire about?  Although we will not likely lay down our life for another’s protection, we can and must protect if we lead like Jesus.

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Jesus Cared by Providing for People

The second of three major ways that Jesus cared for people is by providing. Provision comes in many ways, none more important than helping someone with spiritual health.

In a doctoral study conducted by Laura Mae Gardner of Wycliffe, she researched why missionaries (in Wycliffe and other agencies) left their field assignment prematurely. Along with the many known challenges missionaries face, such as language, culture, health, interpersonal relationships, etc., the one that seemed most indicative of early departures was one’s inability to maintain a healthy relationship with God.  Sustainability is integrally linked to one’s ability to maintain a healthy spiritual diet (Matthew 4:4).

Jesus modeled provision for spiritual nourishment in how He Himself disengaged to spend time with the Father (Mark 1:35), and after the disciples returned from ministry, He drew them away for refreshment (Mark 6:30-32). He taught about provision for spiritual nourishment when answering the scribe concerning the greatest commandment (Matthew 22:36-38) by prioritizing the cultivation of love with all one’s heart, soul, mind, and strength.  With Mary and Martha, He made it clear that spiritual nourishment supersedes physical food (Luke 10:38-42).  Jesus obviously provided drink, healing, food, encouragement, and more, but definitely provided for spiritual health.

There is an amazing story about a clothing manufacturer north of Boston named Malden Mills. On December 11, 1995 three of the buildings burned in a fire necessitating the layoff of 3000 employees.  The amazing part of the story is that the owner, Aaron Feuerstein, chose to rebuild and continue paying salaries during the reconstruction instead of taking the insurance money and closing down.  When asked why, Feuerstein said, “It was the right thing to do.”  He was a caring leader and could not but provide for the physical needs of those who he employed.  This link tells the story in a six minute video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ry7_FcSiQL8

Godly leaders will ensure that those they serve are cared for both spiritually and physically. When people are healthy spiritually and have their basic needs met for living, then there are a few other ways leaders can extend care.

  • Recognition and reward: everyone wants to know when a good job has been done and have some tangible expression to affirm their value.
  • Enabling people to become and do their best: everyone, especially the emerging generation, wants to grow into who God designed them to be so they can use their gifts, talents, education, and experience fully in accomplishing worthy outcomes.
  • Benefits that do not distract so that people will not be tempted to look elsewhere: research shows (see Pink, Daniel. 2009. Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us) that when people are valued and compensated at an appropriate level, they are free to make their best contribution.

In non-profit organizations the financial provision options may be limited. Sometimes, however, confusion results when senior leaders who have access to organizational budgets exercise spending freedoms that people closer to the ground with access only to what they raise from supporters cannot do.  This perception of inequity can potentially appear disingenuous of the caring leader.  Navigating this issue is not easy but essential.

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Jesus Cared by Knowing People

The first of three major ways that Jesus cared for people was by knowing them. We accept the fact that God knows all people thoroughly (Matthew 6:25-32) and that Jesus knew what was in the hearts of men (Luke 9:47).  Apart from divine insight, we see in the Gospels that Jesus invested time to get to know people personally.  Surely while walking many miles around Israel He conversed with the Disciples.  He asked them many questions not because He lacked the knowledge, but to enable the men to bring forth what they were thinking like the wise man in Proverbs (20:5).  Jesus knew the state of His followers (Proverbs 27:23).

It was attributed to Theodore Roosevelt that “people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” In our efficiency oriented western culture, taking time to know a person involves a commitment.  The degree of knowing a person is in direct proportion to time spent with a person.  We can only superficially know a person at a distance or through periodic encounters.  Shared experiences, especially in challenging situations, allow for people to become more deeply acquainted.  There is no substitute for spending time with those you primarily lead in their home and work context with the intent to know more fully.

What we learn from the Good Shepherd and observe from good shepherd leadership instructs us on this topic of knowing.  In order for the shepherd of sheep to provide what is needed, knowledge is essential.  The shepherd is the one initiating to meet needs.  Although sheep cannot talk, the good shepherd can observe the signs of need, whether for food, drink, or deep restoration.  Not unlike a baby with a mother, needs must be discerned.  Some signs are more easily recognized while other signs require closer observation to an individual’s unique need.

In his excellent book, While Shepherds Watch Their Flocks, Timothy Laniak shares what he learned from living six months with shepherds in the Middle East.  He explains how good shepherds know their sheep by name and make effort to inspect them regularly.  Shepherds keep their hands on the sheep so they can feel how they are doing.  When sheep enter the sheep pen one after another the shepherd gets a close look at each and can notice what could go undetected in the pasture.

Similarly, when investing unhurried time with those we lead, the leader can hear from speech and observe from actions the kind of insight needed for nurturing health. How do those being served utilize the Bible for nourishing self and others?  What interpersonal skills are present or are lacking?  Where could people focus learning and development for greater enjoyment and effectiveness in ministry?  What areas for prayer does this person need?  Few people indeed have leaders who know them this well and love them enough to serve their real needs and wants.

A sad reality is that a leader can think he knows a person well and shockingly find out that there is some dysfunction or hiddenness. Hopefully if a safe and grace filled relationship is present to ask uncomfortable questions with loving accountability, self-disclosure will result and enable understanding and corrective behavior.  The enemy is devouring too many good people and good leaders.  Care by knowing deeply is essential.

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Jesus, the leader who cared

We now come to the third of the three components of our CORE Model for living and leading like Jesus. Although the care component is addressed third, it is of no less importance than the lead and develop components.  From the life of Jesus we find Him leading, developing, and now caring for those He led.

If we had to choose just one passage in the Bible that succinctly tells God’s very personal care for people, one would be hard pressed not to select the Twenty-Third Psalm. In this treasure from the heart of David, we find eloquently stated what it means to have God as our Shepherd.  But now we turn to how Jesus cared as a living example of Psalm 23.

When we think about Jesus as a leader who cared, several pictures from stories in the Gospels should come to mind. Which pictures come to your mind? Jesus valuing the little children? Jesus calming the Disciples in the boat during the storm? Jesus committing His mother to John while on the cross?  How He related to people, His soothing words, His gentle touch, His loving glance, all teach us of the Savor’s care for those He encountered and led.

Jesus’ care and concern is equally seen in His cleansing the temple so that sincere worshippers were not abused. His harsh words toward religious leaders who were misleading people were an act of care.  And yes, His passion to take upon Himself the sin of the world was the ultimate sign of caring.  Jesus is clearly a leader who cared far more than any earthly leader.  His example is most worthy of our emulation.

In many cultures the caring function is viewed as a leadership weakness. It is something that mothers do with children, but fathers are expected to be the real leaders who teach the toughness of “manhood.”  Leaders perceive that acts of care could mar their image of being able to act with authority.  Whether the picture of a “stiff upper lip” or dispensing decisive orders or never allowing emotions to surface is culturally normative, none of these or other characteristics are consistent with the Bible or Jesus.  He was approachable by all; He rarely had to give orders; and He cried.  Here we find our model for caring.

In the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5: 1-12), Jesus turned on end conventional wisdom about leadership. His teaching identified what was considered worthy of blessing from God for the masses and leaders alike: being poor in spirit, mourning, gentleness, hunger for righteousness, being merciful, being pure in heart, peacemaking, and being persecuted.  To live and lead like Jesus we must understand and apply these caring functions personally and with those we serve.

What questions come to your mind when you consider care giving as a leader? If they are not addressed in the next three blogs under the categories of knowing, providing, and protecting, please consider this blog a place to explore the answers to your questions.

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Developing Like Jesus Summary

A study of the life of Jesus from the perspective of how He developed His disciples is highly valuable for every leader. In three short years, He developed 11 men and influenced dozens more who in turn developed people who developed other people in every nation on earth.  The movement of leader development goes on.

How do we identify a person with a developmental bias who will be a great people developer?

What signs would indicate such a bent and priority? A person with a developmental bias/bent will embody many of the following traits.  Use this list as an assessment for your inclination toward and practice of developing leaders.

 Be a Learner Yourself:

  1. Is an active and self-motivated learner, pursuing development in all relevant areas
  2. Regularly seeks out learning from resource people
  3. Shares what you are learning in a humble way that invites and encourages others to learn
  4. Does not allow yourself to plateau or stagnate
  5. Considers how to upgrade your formal and non-formal education through various means
  6. Is an aggressive reader (even if your preferred learning style is not visual)
  7. Enjoys internet searches and basic research on topics critical to your ministry
  8. Protects time for your own self-development
  9. Is self-aware of your strengths and deficiencies so to strategically focus growth

Be a People Developer:

  1. Grows in ability to listen and ask good developmental questions
  2. Is known as a go-to resource for information and wisdom
  3. Does not assume that “one size fits all” when nurturing the development of others
  4. Enjoys being with people and can relate broadly to temperaments and personalities
  5. Consistently develops/trains/equips others
  6. Demonstrates the ability to raise up laborers and leaders
  7. Loves to teach and pass on helpful truth in a variety of ways
  8. Is patient with people and encourages even small signs of growth
  9. Prays faithfully for the Holy Spirit to bring transformation to self and others

Developing leaders is essential to the fulfillment of the Great Commission. It is humbling to think that God would use the likes of us to carry out His grand plan of filling the earth with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the seas. (Habakkuk 2:14) May we be the kind of instruments both fit for His use and passionately engaged in the advance of the Gospel.  May we lead like Jesus with a developmental bias!

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Jesus Developed Leaders by MODELING

Along with teaching and coaching, a third way that Jesus developed people was by modeling. A key passage that indicated Jesus’ intention to model is John 13:13-14, “You call me Teacher and Lord; and you are right; for so I am.  If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s feet.”  Jesus expected His Disciples to live as He lived; to follow His model.

A model is a representation of an original. The writer to the Hebrews (1:3) says that Jesus was the exact representation of God.  Since people are unique and with flaws, human models should never be replicated exactly.  For this reason, followers of Jesus should be primarily committed to replicate His model and only secondarily seek to become like good human role models.  Whenever we put too high of an expectation on some person, we have potentially set ourselves up for disappointment.  To whom are you looking to be like?

Nevertheless, every leader is being watched and emulated. This is perhaps most notable and scary in the way children become like their parents.  During the formative years, teachers are role models as well.  The major challenge is how to be a good role model.  When you think of good role models, many qualities come to mind: friendly, humble, caring, gifted, talented, etc.  A danger comes when a person attaches her or himself too closely to one role model.  When we study the Bible or observe contemporary life, the healthiest situations are when leaders have multiple role models to whom they can look.

How does one implement this modeling aspect of developing people? The Navigators have a hallmark conviction taken from Mark 3:14, “and He appointed the twelve that they might be with Him…” A model must be seen and observed sufficiently for admiration, learning, and replication to happen.  It was Howard Hendricks who said that you can influence at a distance, but you can only impact up close.  Proximity is essential for modeling.

Jesus spent about three years almost full-time modeling His life before His disciples. Can modeling happen when we only are co-located with a leader periodically?  That is a question I have wrestled with for years.  We gather people for training, but that is not modeling.  We visit people for a couple hours over coffee, but that is not modeling.  If we understand Jesus’ intention to model as an essential means for developing leaders, we must find a way to spend longer times together.  Just as disciple making cannot be mass-produced at an efficient pace, neither can modeling Christlikeness and the advance of the Gospel.

How are you seeking to model what God has built into your life? (see 1 Corinthians 11:1) How much do you read about, study, and meditate on the life and ministry of Jesus? Only thereafter, who are those people that have qualities that you want to replicate?  When we value and practice learning from models, we can then live transparently before others as a worthy model.

For those who resonate with song, the song at this link by Phillips, Craig & Dean touches our affections about modeling: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdhSeA1hva4

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Jesus Developed Leaders by COACHING

Whereas a teacher influences with some set agenda, a coach generally facilitates growth driven by the agenda of the leader.  The former fits more in a training posture, and the latter fits more in a developing posture.  Both are important but distinct.

When we think of Jesus as a coach, we look for when and how He exercised the core coaching practices of listening deeply and asking powerful questions.  Many times He is responding to others and sometimes He is utilizing the power of questions to guide the thinking of others.  In the description on Amazon of the book, Jesus is the Question, by Martin Copenhaver, we read:

Contrary to some common assumptions, Jesus is not the ultimate Answer Man, but more like the Great Questioner. In the Gospels, Jesus asks many more questions than He answers. To be specific, Jesus asks 307 questions. He is asked 183 of which he only answers three. Asking questions was central to Jesus’ life and teachings.

Coaching is effective because it causes self-reflection and articulation of what comes from within.  Open-ended questions require complex thought processes that hopefully elicit deeper beliefs and values.  When a leader is able to draw out (Proverbs 20:5) of a person what is influencing his or her thinking and behavior, then dialogue can flow to address strengths and weaknesses.  It is at this point that development can result in new ways of leading.

For instance, when the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to Jesus and said, “Command that in your kingdom these two sons of mine may sit, one on your right and one on your left,” (Matthew 20:20-21) Jesus asked the disciples if they knew what was involved.  The dialogue that pursued brought them initially to a place of greater understanding, and years later to a very personal understanding. (Acts 12:2; Revelation 1:9) Here Jesus responded by coaching for development.

In another instance, when Jesus asked the disciples, “Who do men say that I am?” some options were stated. But in the end the choice that was potentially transformational was confessed, “You are the Christ.” (Matthew 16:13-16) Partial development took place.  Immediately Peter challenged Jesus about His death in such a way that indicated his incomplete understanding.  By the time Peter preached a sermon in Acts 2, we see that his understanding was far greater by stating that Jesus’ death was part of God’s predetermined plan. (Acts 2:23) Jesus took initiative to coach Peter to develop an understanding of His person and work.

When coaching is valued and implemented, people grow from the inside out; adjusting their convictions, values, and driving beliefs into their being and doing that reflects Christlikeness.  Coaching is a powerful skill to come alongside other disciple making competencies.

To assess your bent for coaching leaders, consider these questions:

  • How committed are you to grow in your ability to listen and ask good questions?
  • How often do people say that you listen well or ask good questions?
  • How aware are you of your tendency to tell solutions over guiding others to discover their best options?
  • How willing are you to invest the time so others can learn by ongoing practice with reflection and then re-engage with more dialogue?
  • How much do you value the benefit of coaching evidenced by engaging a coach to help yourself?

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Jesus Developed Leaders by TEACHING

A foundational principle of Bible study is that the Bible was not given to increase our knowledge but to change our life.  If you believe this truth, it will radically change the way you teach.  Here are a few concepts with questions for you to consider.

1.  Most teachers tend to teach the way they were taught.  Does this sound correct to you?  How do you teach which is similar to how you were taught and how have you set a different direction?  How much of your experience and teaching is information-based to increase knowledge?

2.  Teachers are often evaluated by the feeling one has or by some new insight gained at the end of the session.  How important to you are stories and illustrations?  How important is hearing some new idea?  Think back to a teacher you admire and what made that person admirable?

3.  If teachers are not trying to solely inform, they are usually trying to motivate to action.  Some teachers can naturally connect with and engage the emotions.  How much of your teaching includes touching the heart as well as the mind?  How well do people tend to respond?  Is there evidence that emotional responses result in life change?

4.  Great teachers are most committed to facilitate learning.  This is especially true with adults who usually choose what they want to learn and certainly choose what they want to apply.  When you have taught someone, do they primarily comment on some new insight you shared or how enjoyable it was to sit under your teaching?  How many people tell you that they have been challenged to think more deeply on what you taught or to adjust their behavior?

Any concordance search will show that Jesus was a recognized teacher in his day by the religious community as well as His Disciples.  In fact, over the last 2000 years people from all religious backgrounds acknowledge Jesus as a great Teacher.  What made him so great?  In Mark 1:22, 27 we learn that Jesus’ teaching was different and with authority.  What can we learn from this statement?  We will never have His inherent authority but He did delegate teaching authority to us as His disciples (Matthew 28:18-20).  How can we best steward our teaching responsibility?  Here are a few suggestions that seem consistent with how Jesus taught:

  • Seek to understand your audience of one or many so your style and content is relevant.
  • Give only enough content for people to process so they can draw their own conclusions.
  • Make time for reflection and dialogue during or immediately after your teaching session.
  • Invite and expect people to share something they learned that has adjusted their thinking or has potential to adjust their behavior.
  • Make yourself available to help people work through incomplete understanding.

Jesus taught authoritatively and His followers eventually lived by His teaching even to the point of death.  Such learning engaged both the mind and the heart and resulted in changed lives.  Never be satisfied teaching content that people won’t remember or motivating people who might immediately respond but without follow through.  Be set on facilitating the kind of learning that results in dynamic and sustainable change.

Please note the word of caution from James 3:1 that teachers are held to a high standard. We as teachers should teach with the gravity it deserves.  Also, see blog #40 for a reflection on Paul as a great teacher.

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Jesus Developed People

Today it is impossible to observe organizational need and not conclude that the overwhelming lack is the presence of sufficient good leaders and the development of better leaders. Almost all of the classic and contemporary books one can read on leadership will address this felt need for developing leaders.  Here is just one such statement from a Christian statesman in the 1960s, “The overriding need of the church, if it is to discharge its obligation to the rising generation, is for a leadership that is authoritative, spiritual and sacrificial.” (Sanders, Spiritual Leadership, p. 16)

As so often happens, we can invest enormous energy and cost to understand and implement leader development by learning from the best current business and Church thinkers and practitioners. We either forget or devalue that one of the greatest leaders who ever lived 2000 years ago taught, coached, and modeled leader development.  If for no other reason, he is worthy of our respect since today approximately one-third of the world’s population identifies with his life and teaching.  The study of the life of Jesus Christ should be the primary source for designing a process for developing people.

In this next series of blog articles, the focus will be on how Jesus developed people. There will be an exploration of how content was communicated, where and when development took place, and some principles that could enhance our efforts to develop people.  Beyond the essential resource of the Bible and the Gospels in particular, learning from diligent students of Jesus is instructive.  Alexander Balmin Bruce first published his classic work on The Training of the Twelve in 1877.  Robert Coleman synthesized Jesus’ developmental model into eight principles in The Master Plan of Evangelism in 1963.  From these two works along with the Scriptures, there is ample learning to address this perpetual challenge of building leaders for any need.

Parents, teachers, and supervisors/managers of every organization can be intentional and effective in developing people. In fact, it could be easily argued that people development is not just a job for the few, but it is the responsibility for the many.  The results of development can certainly vary so well intentioned people should learn how to develop well.  From the life of Jesus, we take heed of the unintended consequences when we learn to influence in unhealthy ways.

“All Christians are under obligation to make the most of their lives, to develop to the utmost their God-given powers and capacities.   But Jesus taught that any ambition that centers around and terminates on oneself is wrong.” (Sanders, Spiritual Leadership, p. 11)

Where are you at when it comes to developing people? When from your past have you been developed well?  In home, at school, at work?  What stands out in your memory about your process of learning and development?  How did the developer serve you?  What about your development or lack thereof is instructive for the way you should develop others?  We cannot impart what we do not possess.  And like it or not, we reproduce after our own kind.  What course should you take to develop into an outstanding developer of people?

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