Show Notes – Episode 35

The Gospel Leadership of the Apostle Paul – Part 1

The more we examine the ministry of Paul, the more aware we become of the vitality of the relationships Paul held. Paul was not the singular hero; he had a team surrounding him.

Prior to Christ, Paul had all of the characteristics of a toxic fleshly leader.

Being a domineering pastor is beginning to be seen properly as a disqualifier for ministry. —Ryan Lokkesmoe Click To Tweet

Characteristics of Paul’s Team Leadership

1. A Quest for Common Ground

Paul sought to find commonality with each audience he spoke to. Paul wasn’t seeking to win arguments, but to win people to Christ.

We can’t lose sight of the mission in the midst of cultural drama.

2. Monitoring Expectations You Put on Others

Why would we expect non-Christians to act like Christians?

Sanctification takes time. Leaders should normalize the idea that spiritual growth takes time.

3. Behind-the-Scenes Leadership

God did many significant things through many behind the scenes team members in Paul’s ministry. On stage leaders must understand the importance of those serving behind the scenes.

There are very few times that Paul reminds others of the power of his leadership position.

If I can’t celebrate someone that I influenced as they preach the Gospel, then I have a small Kingdom concept. —Cary Schmidt Click To Tweet

4. Reviving Relationships after Disagreements

There are situations where both sides of a disagreement are right.

You never know what a decade might do for a broken relationship. —Cary Schmidt Click To Tweet

5. Contending for What Actually Matters

Paul saw two primary things worth fighting over: the distortion of the Gospel and the division of the church. Resist the urge to make everything a crisis. Not every situation needs our immediate attention and confrontation.

God is better at changing people than we are. —Cary Schmidt Click To Tweet


Team Questions:

1. How would we each describe our leadership style?

2. What are the characteristics of our team?

3. Does our team exemplify the patience necessary for people to grow?

4. What are some tangible ways our team is keeping the Gospel pure and unity a focus in our church?


Paul and His Team by Ryan Lokkesmoe


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