Passionate Leadership

October 8, 2009 - Mac Lake - Leadership
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Great leadership requires great passion.  Passionate leadership moves followers, deepens their convictions and gives them faith to believe despite overwhelming obstacles.  People will admire a good leader but they will sacrfice for a passionate leader.  Where do you get this type of passion?  It comes from a deep burning belief that God has called you to make a difference. 

After speaking difficult truth to the people of Israel, Jeremiah was arrested, beaten and told to be quiet.  The next day when he was released, he looked at his captures, and said, “But if I say, ‘I will not mention him or speak any more in his name,’ his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot.” (Jeremiah 20:9)

Passion is that God given burden that burns so deeply within me that it cannot be contained within me.

When you have God given passion it consumes your heart, mind and soul.

  •  You can’t quiet the emotions God has placed in your heart
  • You can’t cease striving toward the vision God’s placed in your mind
  • You can’t stop praying for the burden God has placed in your soul.

What do you need to do today to recapture the passion in your leadership?

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2 responses to Passionate Leadership

  1. Who do you think is the best example of passionate leadership in the bible? Why?
    thank you!

  2. Great question.
    I immediately think of Nehemiah because in Neh 1 he grieved over the condition of Jerusalem and that passion lead him to complete his God given task despite internal and external forces that tried to discourage him. He was a man of prayer and a man of passion.

    I like to say Prayer + Plan x Passion = Healthy Sense of Urgency and Nehemiah certainly displayed all of these.

    Of course Paul is another because he served with everything he had. Colossians 1:28-29 exemplifies his passion when he said, We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. 29To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me.

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