Leadership | Open Doors
"How did I get here?" It's one of the big questions of life. You wake up one morning, realising something unusual (good or bad) has happened and it causes you to wonder.
Our leaders chose to seek God's heart and build into our church a craving for Father's presence even before revival.
"How did we get here?" When revival hit in 1994, that was the question all of us in leadership at Toronto Airport Vineyard asked. Pastors from all over the world asked, "what did you do to get this result?" Yes, it was a move of the Holy Spirit, that part cannot be explained, but we did spend focused time getting ready. In the years before revival, John and Carol Arnott and the leadership team often spoke of Intimacy with God, the Father's Heart, Hearing God's Voice, Healing Life's Hurts and yearned for miracles. These would all become theme messages of Catch The Fire. Our leaders chose to seek God's heart and build into our church a craving for Father's presence even before revival. This deep hunger, along with the amazing testimonies of His presence, kept us going for so many years.
When you ask "how did I get here?" think about your choices. John and Carol chose to walk through and embrace all the changes of revival, leading the church family with them. We are, again, in a time of open doors. Will you choose to have courage and walk through them? To lead other people through them?
With all this movement we need to be plugged into God so we can have hope in all the change.
In leadership, change is constant. People change, circumstances change and vision changes. With all this movement we need to be plugged into God so we can have hope in all the change. I have often spoken to the women in our pastoral team, telling them, "hope brings change and change brings hope". Embrace newness. You may be experiencing shift, but it means that you are changing gear, moving into a higher gear! We are moving faster and closer to the open door!
Paul was full of courage.
Open doors are there to walk through. Imagine you are Paul in jail (Acts 5:18-28). In the middle of the night an angel appears, opens the doors and says, "Go, stand in the temple courts and tell the people the full message of this new life." (Acts 5:20). Back at the jail the guards had no idea that Paul was at the temple. I would love to see this story on play back in heaven! There are several places where Paul could have been gripped by fear and not completed the assignment given to him. He could have been overcome with fear and anxiety on being placed in jail - Roman jails in that era were not nice places to be. He could have been overwhelmed by the angel - there is good reason that angels state "fear not" when they meet mankind; they are extraordinary creatures unlike us. Paul could have been fearful in walking through the locked doors that opened in front of him - not knowing what would come next. Yet Paul was full of courage.
There are doors opening today for Christians all over the world in all arenas of society.
Today we are living in a time of open doors. Today we need to set aside fear of the future and walk into all God has for us even if it is difficult or frightening. There are doors opening today for Christians all over the world in all arenas of society. It is time for Christian Leadership in businesses, educational institutions, government, health care - all segments of society.
Years ago Betsy and Chester Kylstra taught me a lesson about leadership and fear. I was young, in my 20s and 30s, I was being given leadership in church, and I was scared! They taught me to look at fear as a doorway; to close the door to fear and then take Jesus' hand and open the door to freedom or hope. This helped me so much because it was my choice to walk into these new openings, holding the hand of Jesus. I knew that I was not alone and I would be guided.
You can get to all those things that you dream of. Today, take Jesus' hand and go forward into all God has for you, through these open doors!