Today our office staff had the opportunity to spend some time with Assemblies of God Ireland, National Director, Pastor PJ Booth. PJ came to give us a leadership masterclass.
Here are some notes.
Many of us feel like Moses did when he faced God at the burning bush, in Exodus 3-4. He felt inadequate and unprepared to lead. But thats what God called him to do. Many potential leaders in the Bible were afraid and ran from their call. God had to give them permission to do it.
Most of us can list why we don’t lead effectively, just as Moses did. When God called him, he instantly had five excuses why he couldn’t lead.
Excuse Number One: Who am I? (Exodus 3:11)
Moses struggled with his identity. He just didn’t feel qualified. He thought God had picked the wrong leader. Gods response: It doesn’t matter who you are, I’ve called you. I am with you.
Excuse Number Two: Who are you? (Exodus 3:13)
Moses struggled with intimacy. He didn’t know God well enough to describe him to the people. His relationship with God was weak. God’s response, my name is “the Lord, whose name is I Am……” I’m anything you need.
Excuse Number Three: What if they don’t listen? (Exodus 4:1)
Moses struggled with intimidation. He worried about poeple’s reaction to him. God’s response: When I have finished, they’ll listen. Trust me.
Excuse Number Four: I’ve never been a good speaker.(Exodus 4:10)
Moses struggled with inadequacy. Who would follow him if he couldn’t speak well? Gods response: Guess who made your mouth? I’m the source of your gifts.
Excuse Number Five: I know you can find someone else (Exodus 4:13)
Moses struggled with inferiority. He compared himself with other more competent speakers, and he felt inferior. Gods response: Okay, I will let Aaron go with you……..but I’m still calling you.