2010 leadership requires solid foundations. In recent years many businesses in the U.S. collapsed due to the economic downturn. Some of those were niche businesses, that is, their success was built upon the foundation of selling one or two specific luxury products to people with lots of discretionary income.
As the economy declined, the number of people with discretionary income and the amount of discretionary income declined reducing demand for those products. People no longer would purchase items they did not absolutely need. Building upon one or two luxury products was not a solid business foundation. They didn’t have a long term strategy and couldn’t see the curve in the economic road ahead. Their economic success was build on a faulty foundation; one that supported them in good times, but would fail in bad times. It was built upon making money quickly rather than steadily.
Churches and ministries often make the same mistake, going for quick rather than durable. Some build on a single truth rather than the whole truth of the gospel. This often happens because they do not incorporate all 5 ministries into the process of building: pastor, prophet, evangelist, teacher and apostle.
Most ministries and churches bring pastoral, evangelistic and teaching into their building process, but few bring the apostolic and prophetic into it. They have cracked and crumbling foundations needing repair. They may look good in the short term, but will suffer in the long term. The entire structure is at risk because of faulty foundations.
Read Eph. 2:19-22 and 4:9-16 I will elaborate on that scripture in the next post.