3 Areas Where Leaders Should Be Enthusiastic

Wendell Winkler preached this sermon several years ago, and I think it is just excellent. At the end the recording trails off, but the portion that is here is valuable advice, not just for elders, but any leaders who are also members of the Lord’s church. I will embed the audio below, and then paste in the outline of notes I took away from listening to this outstanding lesson.

Three Areas Where Leaders Should Be Enthusiastic

Outline by Luke Griffin of a Wendell Winkler lesson.

Leaders Need to Be Enthusiastic About Your Work

Elders will receive a special reward in heaven. (1 Peter 5:2-4)

Leaders Need to Be Enthusiastic About the Local Church

Elders should be proud of the church and so lead that the church is proud of them.

Leaders Need to Be Enthusiastic About the Future

  • Thankful for the congregation’s past.
  • Excited about the present status.
  • Ecstatic about the future.

Today’s leaders have abhorrence for mediocrity and a passion for excellence

  • The true calling of a Christian is not to do extraordinary things, but to do ordinary things in an extraordinary way.
  • Whatsoever your hand finds to do…
  • Excellence is the key to church work

Leaders must be flexible

  • Know when to stand (areas of faith)
  • Know what areas where change is acceptable, advisable, or profitable
    • Paul was flexible “All things to all men” 1 Cor. 9:22
    • Elders must know when there is divine tradition 2 Thess. 3:6 and human tradition
      • Must be better reasoning than “We have always done it that way.”
      • Must be validity
  1. Study the proposed change determining the pros and cons
  2. Educate and communicate to the membership before you change
  3. Do not make too many changes at one time
  • Leaders must be open to constructive scriptural change
    • Example: One day VBS
    • Example: Vary the order of worship
    • Example: Training seminars
    • Example: Standards for what the congregation does when holidays fall on mid-week service

Leaders must be aware

  • Vigilant for threats on the horizon – sheep can be helpless victims.
  • Don’t see a problem beneath every chip-such an attitude will produce extremists and cry wolf so often that no one will hear when there is a real threat.

Leaders must be courageous and be willing to face the unpleasant

  • Joshua, Caleb, Jesus, etc. all successful leaders and all willing to face the unpleasant
  • Behave like men, be brave, be strong.
  • Unpleasant task of discipline
    • Practice scriptural discipline
  • Unpleasant task of facing a false teacher
  • Unpleasant task of restoring the erring

If you can’t take the heat get out of the kitchen