GREETINGS FROM OUR EPISCOPAL LEADERS:
God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. Glory to God in the church! Glory to God in the Messiah, in Jesus! Glory down all the generations! Glory through all millennia! Oh, yes! (Ephesians 3:20-21 MSG)
The challenges of today, both within the church and beyond, demand dynamic leadership that truly trusts that GOD is still doing GREAT things! Yes, there are times those big things manifest themselves in small, discreet ways, but we should never confuse small with insignificant.
Leaders who inspire the congregations and organizations they serve are leaders who EXPECT THE GREAT! They don’t confuse contentment with complacency. Paul states in Philippians 4:12; “I have learned to be content in every situation.” This means that the Apostle had learned to praise GOD in spite of his present circumstances, but that doesn’t mean that he didn’t have passion for transformative ministry. The same Paul who affirmed his contentment in Christ also said; “I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of GOD in Christ Jesus.” That certainly doesn’t sound like someone who is complacent!
We must never become complacent with simply maintaining the status quo. We must never become complacent with injustice. We must never become complacent with churches that don’t impact their communities. We must never become complacent with stale, uninspiring worship services. We must never become complacent in our own spiritual and ministry development. We must never become complacent with divisions, negativity, and bickering among members or ministers. We must never become complacent with low expectations. We must dream big because we serve a great GOD!!!
If you want GOD’s richest blessings on your life and ministry, you must be bold enough to expect them. Begin by asking; “GOD, what’s your plan for my life and ministry? What is the assignment upon me and the people I serve?” Then you should ask yourself, “What would I attempt to do for Christ and the Church if I knew that I couldn’t fail?” That’s the beginning of a GOD-sized vision and dynamic leadership. Let each one of us commit ourselves to being who GOD has called us to be and doing what GOD has purposed for our lives.
Blessings and love,
Bishop and Mrs. W. Darin Moore
Presiding Prelate and Missionary Supervisor of the Mid-Atlantic Episcopal District