New Leaders/Old Leaders

 

 

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Some people thought my comments a little "strong" in regard to "New Leaders / Old leaders". And it is certainly true that there must be SOME and hopefully quite a number of leaders from the existing order who will make it into the new move of God. I certainly believe this. However, it is clear from history that with a true "Reformation", the number of old-order leaders who make it can be very few. In the first Great Awakening, the great Revivalist John Wesley was so generally rejected and despised by the church that the doors of the entire Church of England NATIONWIDE were closed to him. Thus he had to begin his own movement, and very few English priests came into Revival. However, in America during the same Awakening, there were some existing leaders who were greatly used of God - though still there were many who opposed and missed out. This same pattern has been seen with every Revival - particularly those Revivals that had a strong touch of "Reformation" about them. Thus were Finney and Boot hand Luther treated very much the same way by the church in their day. Many existing leaders rejected these Reformers and therefore missed out on the Revival. The greatest happening of God in their generation - and they missed it. Because it challenged and threatened much that they had built and grown comfortable with. Let today's leadership beware! Below is an interesting email with a slightly different viewpoint regarding this "New Leaders/ Old leaders" debate:*******************************************************From: Dean Comerford, deano@otatarachurch.co.nz Fri, Dec. 12, 2003While I am confident that the church has many leaders who like Saul will be/have been overlooked by God because of their failure to lead the church into God's purposes, I am equally convinced that many current leaders of the old will successfully make the transition to the new - even if that transition (as David Orton noted) requires them to go through something that is better than the old, but not yet fully aware of the new....  New reformation is about a mindset.  God does not have to replace old leaders with new - he merely has to replace an old mindset or spirit, with a new one.  Yes, many will fail to make the transition, and like Saul they will be overlooked and moved aside. But we must not fall into the trap of demonizing people in the process of birthing something new. Not every leader in a traditional model of church has failed God. Not every leader has failed to perceive the new. Furthermore, the ability to transition will have little to do with age - there are many older leaders who get it and many younger ones who don't. We are looking for a mindset change, not a personnel change.  And while many will miss the boat, many others won't - they will be the Luther's of a new generation, used of God to usher in a new form of church.  And many of them may even been encouraged and mentored by some who just don't feel they can be part of the new, but feel called to remain part of the old, but will honour God all the same, even in this seemingly poor choice.  That's because, despite the decaying structure they serve, their heart is pure before God and the church they see when they worship God is one vastly different than the church they are worshipping in.-Dean Comerford deano@maxnet.co.nz
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