J. Oswald Sanders said on Essential Leadership Qualities, "Only the disciplined person will rise to his highest powers. The Leader is able to lead because he has conquered himself! The Leader will work while others waste time, study while others sleep,  and pray while others play." 
I pray that today every Pastor will see the results of his disciplined ministry in the altars with his disciples. 
I've read that when Dr. Thomas Cochrane, Founder of The World Dominion Movement, was being interviewed for the mission field, he was asked which position he felt called to work in. He answered, "I only know I should wish it to be the hardest you could offer me." How unlike me! And, probably unlike you!
It takes discipline to make disciples of Christ. We live in an undisciplined world. Let this poem challenge you...
When God wants to drill a man
And thrill a man
And skill a man,
When God wants to mold a man
To play the noblest part;
When He yearns with all His heart
To create so great and bold a man
That all the world shall be amazed,
Watch His methods, watch His ways!
How he ruthlessly perfects
Whom He royally elects!
How He hammers him and hurts him,
And with mighty blows converts him
Into trial shapes of clay which
Only God understands;
While his tortured heart is crying
And he lifts beseeching hands!
How He bends but never breaks
When his good He undertakes;
How He uses whom He chooses
And with every purpose fuses him;
By every act induces him
To try His splendor out-
God knows what He's about!!"
Let God discipline you that you may lead your flock forward in faith!

Justin Ingram
12/04/2012 11:21am

A true and safe leader is likely to be one who has no desire to lead, but is forced into a position of leadership by the inward pressure of the Holy Spirit and the press of the external situation. A.W. Tozer


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