We exist to make Jesus famous and to see His kingdom expand in and through the lives of people. Our apostolic teams serve the leaders of DOVE USA churches. We believe healthy leaders produce healthy churches which in turn impact our communities for the Glory of God.
The mark of a great leader is their ability to withstand the inevitable trials of leadership. The greater your call, the greater these tests will be. Larry Kreider, International Director of DOVE International, offers Biblical wisdom for standing strong through the storms.
Whether you are a leader in your home, work, community, or church, this book is your resource for not only surviving the trials of leadership, but welcoming them!
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In July of this year, I finished my second triathlon, and this time it was the New Jersey State Olympic Triathlon. That’s right, I finished this 32- mile race of swimming, biking and running. Someone asked me before the race what my goal was in the race. I guess others were racing to win a medal. I was racing to finish! I didn’t want to quit. I didn’t want to be disqualified. And I didn’t want to die of heat exhaustion. I just wanted to finish, and by the grace of God and a lot of training, I finished strong.
Proverbs 18:16 says, “A man’s gift opens doors for him and brings him before great men.” Our talents, abilities, and spiritual charisma will open a lot of doors for us as leaders. Your charisma may open the doors, but character will determine how you are going to lead once you are before others. Will you lead with integrity? Will you cut corners to accomplish your goals? Will you serve others in the power of God’s Spirit, or will you use power to force people to serve you? You see, it’s not just about how you start; it’s how you finish. Read the Bible– there are a lot of leaders who started out well, but did not finish well, and they used their God-given gifts to hurt a lot of people.
I like what Paul says, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for His appearing” (2 Timothy 4:7-8). It was an amazing feeling when I ran across that finish line in July. And so much more will it be when I finish this race called “life”, knowing that I trusted more in His power than in my own abilities, and I led in a way that honored Christ and served others. Let’s train to reign with Him forever. Leaders are finishers.
Make your present season a springboard; Every year in Pennsylvania, after a long winter, spring arrives. This is a season of new opportunities. During springtime, flowers blossom and creatures come out of their hibernation. This same reality applies to our personal life.
After we go through a challenging time, God will open the door to new opportunities. It is our privilege and duty to take full advantage of these opportunities when they appear. Paul the apostle said, “For a great and effective door has opened to me (I Cor. 16:9). Do not fall into the trap of being stuck because of a difficult season you have experienced recently. It is a new day! God is opening a great and effective door for you! Live with the expectation that God is at work in your life!
This is your moment to plant seeds of greatness for things to come. Focus on Jesus and His Kingdom. Make your present season a springboard to prepare you for your future!