Today, CrossChurchSchool.com welcomes guest writer, Ethan Jurik. Ethan is a Resident Minister in the Cross Church School of Ministry serving in the C3 Ministry, Fayetteville Campus. He is from Rogers, Arkansas and graduated from the University of Arkansas.
The mission of Cross Church’s School of Ministry program is meant to equip ministers with the necessary skills to demonstrate leadership through life, ministry and gospel advancement globally. I am currently in the midst of ministering to College students with C3, and I can say that I have been able to fully immerse myself in an environment that cultivates leadership and is preparing me with the necessary skills to do ministry in the future! I already have had a great privilege to be poured into by some of the best leaders in our church while also having an even greater privilege to pour back out into the lives of people I have served, teaching them what the Lord has been teaching me.
I want to give you a glimpse of what I have learned so far about the area of leadership.
- At the End of The Day, Relationships Are Everything and Everything is About Relationship, if You Have No Relationship You Have No Leadership. The reason why relationships mean everything in ministry is because relationships mean everything to God, so much so He laid His life down for us on the Cross, so that we may be forever reconciled in our relationship with Him. Think about it, being created in God’s own image and created for relationship allows us to reflect his attribute of being a relational God. If relationships mean everything in God’s eyes they should mean everything in our eyes. People are not projects! If cultivating relationships is not the core and heartbeat of demonstrating your leadership, then ministry is the wrong place to be! True leadership is influence and for there to be influence, a leader must have a relationship with the people he is wanting to influence for God’s Kingdom. Otherwise, there would be no one following the leader due to the lack of intentionality of investing in relationships. (Luke 10:27).
- Leadership is Giving People a Vision to Follow and Empowering People Through Following That Vision. There is no greater source of empowerment than being empowered by God’s Holy Spirit through prayer. God put a huge burden on my heart to prayer walk on our college campuses, especially the ones that our ministry has not yet been able to fully reach. I have had the opportunity to give some college students a vision for prayer over their college campuses at Northwest Arkansas Community College, Ecclesia College, John Brown University and the University of Arkansas through prayer walking the very campuses they attend daily. For one student, it was encouraging to see an empowerment through my vison for prayer because it was a tangible next step of growth for him in seeking the Lord, since it was his first time to ever prayer walk! In leading him, I see the potential of other future leaders sharing that same vision as he is empowered to lead others in that same manner. In seeking to depend on God more through prayer, a preacher named A. W. Tozer says “God is looking for people through whom he can do the impossible – what a pity that we plan only the things we can do by ourselves” (Maxwell 27).
- Leaders are Learners. This is the final point I want to share with passion about leadership. I wrote in my journal one day “I have learned to learn, striving to be a lifelong learner as I continually learn to live the life Christ has given me”. The beauty of striving to be a lifelong learner is that you can start learning at moment. It’s been one of the best pieces of advice I have heard “start being a lifelong learner early, start learning to be a lifelong learner now!” In every situation, seek to learn something new from your mentors, the people you minister to and the moments you seek the Lord in prayer and devotion. Do not ever be content in what you already know, but remain in humility being open to learn something new!
It has been exciting to experience a glimpse of 2 Timothy 3:17 in the time I’ve been in this role. I am excited for the rest of the work God has prepared for the rest of my journey in pursuing my call to ministry! 2 Timothy 3:17 – “that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
Source: Maxwell, J. C. (2007). The 21 Most Powerful Minutes in a Leader’s Day. Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.