Spiritual Leadership Part 2……….September 5th, 2013……..By Pastor Stan Smith

Pastors and Spiritual leaders have used the scriptures for years to manipulate and control the flock for years, when they should be leading, nurturing, teaching and developing the flock for deployment. Many Pastors have the notion God gave them members for their own Little Empire! Not so!
Don’t misunderstand I believe in leadership, correction and discipline. A good leader has to show those he/she are leading error, and make correction and order discipline where it is warranted. In 1 Peter Pastors are exhorted to rule with the right motives. Look at how this reads in the Amplified Translation.
1 Peter 5:1-4 (AMP)
I warn and counsel the elders among you (the pastors and spiritual guides of the church) as a fellow elder and as an eyewitness [called to testify] of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a sharer in the glory (the honor and splendor) that is to be revealed (disclosed, unfolded):
2- Tend (nurture, guard, guide, and fold) the flock of God that is [your responsibility], not by coercion or constraint, but willingly; not dishonorably motivated by the advantages and profits [belonging to the office], but eagerly and cheerfully;
3-Not domineering [as arrogant, dictatorial, and overbearing persons] over those in your charge, but being examples (patterns and models of Christian living) to the flock (the congregation).
4-And [then] when the Chief Shepherd is revealed, you will win the [a]conqueror’s crown of glory.
There is a Special Reward for Pastors that do it with Love, God’s Love!
…To be continued