Together, We Can Continue Reaching Our Nation with the Gospel!

Dear friends, I hope you and your family are well in this time of uncertainty and great change. All of us have been impacted, and some have found their world turned upside down, like Carol: ‘Even in recent times with COVID-19, having been stood down and isolated, Vision has been my family.’ What a privilege …Read More

How to Avoid Distraction and Keep your eyes fixed on God

Greetings, Our premiere publication The Word for Today is an excellent resource that can help you. One of the biggest challenges we have in our society today is we’re distracted—sometimes we don’t even realise it. But just like inattention at the wheel can be fatal, so too can our lives take wrong turns when we …Read More

On The Verge of a New Season

Dear friends, The Vision Today Autumn edition is here—I hope you are encouraged as you read it. I have a strong sense that we are on the verge of a new season—two scriptures in particular have really resonated with me over the past few months; Isaiah 43:19 (NIV) See, I am doing a new thing! …Read More

A Beacon of Hope to the Nation

Dear friends, What a challenging start to the new decade it has been for many Aussies! Fire, flood, drought and high anxiety fuelled by the constant barrage of speculation and negativity from our nation’s media (most but not all… 🙂). Who we choose to listen to will shape our thinking and our lives. We saw …Read More

Today's Word For Today reading

Training Leaders Who Can Train Others (1)

‘Teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on.’ 2 Timothy 2:2 NLT

Most church leaders would concede that people are their greatest resource. Which raises the question, why isn’t more time devoted to training new leaders? After all, by neglecting to do this, the effectiveness and growth of ministry is curtailed. Barnabas raised up and trained up Paul who in turn raised up and trained up others. He told his protégé, Timothy, ‘Teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on.’

When you devote time to developing leaders with a caring attitude, they learn to pass the same level of care on to the people they minister to. There are proven principles that apply to leadership in any organisation, and the church is no exception. For example, Jon Gordon says: ‘Great customer service begins with being employee-focused first and customer-focused second. Too often organisations focus all their energy on the customer while ignoring the people who serve. This may work in the short run, but eventually employees become tired, burned out, negative, and resentful… Organisations who deliver the best service have a culture where employees are valued, listened to, and cared for. In turn these employees value, care for, and serve their customers… If you model great service, your people will share it. If you want your team to serve, serve them. If you want your people to care, care about them. If you want your team to love their work, love them. If you want your employees to be their best, give them your best.’

So are you training people who can train others?

SoulFood: Jos 5:1–8:29, John 16:1–11, Ps 130, Pro 28:21–24

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2020

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