Jeff Stueve shared with us our privilege, responsibility, and anointing to lead as believers in Christ. We are members of "a royal priesthood." Unlike Old Testament days, when the high priest interceded for the people, holy and set apart for this job, with Christ's death on the cross all believers became priests--able to approach God on their own and set apart to be different. While we are all called to lead, Jeff reminded us that we will lead differently: we have different gifts, different leadership styles, and different arenas to which we are called. Leadership also empowers a group toward a vision--something we are working toward through our participation in the Fruitful Congregations Journey. Jeff challenged us all to be open to God's call to lead in a specific time and place and to pray for the leaders of our church to see God's vision for our church. In discussion group we considered the question: as you listened to the message on leadership, what jumped out to you? What might God be trying to say to you about leadership?
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9 (NIV