Good leaders deliberately cultivate a set of core values that support the vision and health of the group.
Look at this useful video by Werner Joubert (Pastor of Shofar Christian Church in Secunda) on the dynamic power of leading people into a shared vison and values.
41 [After Peter’s first sermon on the day of Pentecost] those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls. 42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
Observations and reflection questions
- Looking at this recording by Luke, describe what was the core practices which were demonstrated and instilled by the Apostles after these first converts were added to the church.
- What are the core values that underpin these core practices of the early believers?
- How would these core values support the vision of the early church?
Personal reflection and application questions
Leaders reinforce the cause and help create a good, healthy culture by exemplifying and propagating the vision and core values of the organization they are serving in.
- Consider your leadership context (church denomination, business, community project, etc).
- What are the stated vision and core values?
- What would happen if you would lead your small group or department in another direction (vision) or another culture (core values)?
- How much does your heart resonate with these stated vision and core values? How much do you want to accomplish that?
- How well does your personal leadership direction and group culture coincide with the vision and core values of the organization which you are serving?
- How many of the people in your small or department church or organization?
- To what degree has your small group or department embraced the vision and core values of your church or organization?
- Why is this (f) necessary?
Search your heart in prayer and reflect on your disposition towards the group or church you are serving in. How much are you in agreement, and is there a root of independence or rebellion in your heart?