Passing on the Baton

Training up the next generation of leaders for ministry should be done on purpose for a purpose. Training and mentoring your replacement is a necessary trait of a mature and secure leader. It doesn’t matter how much you learn, achieve or accomplish – when we die, it all dies with us unless we ensure the longevity of our leadership. Therefore, it is our duty as leaders to make sure that we begin to raise up and pour wisdom into future leaders so that our legacy is preserved. This is best accomplished on the frontlines of ministry.

A Leadership Lesson from Nature

In his book Passing It On, the late Dr Myles Munroe describes one of the most valuable lessons he ever learned. Dr Munroe and his wife, Ruth, were on a 5-day safari cruise in Africa. They were traveling on a 40-foot yacht along a river that ran through five Southern African states, including Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. The yacht’s captain was pointing out different species of animals and plants in their natural habitat along the banks of the river when all of a sudden the passengers heard a blood-chilling sound. It was the roar of a lion! All the animals became uneasy and the captain told them that the lions in the area were planning to make a kill that night. He agreed that the yacht could remain there so that everyone on board could watch what happened. Later, when the sun was about to set, a panicked family of elephants emerged from the bush. They began to trumpet warnings to each other as, seemingly out of nowhere, the lions appeared. The spectators on the yacht excitedly began snapping pictures as the drama unfolded. Just then, Dr Munroe noticed a lioness holding two cubs in her mouth. She gently put them down on a small mound under a tree, not far from the action. One by one she placed them in full view of the kill. This intrigued Dr Munroe and he wondered why the lioness would do that, as she seemed to be placing her cubs in danger. The captain pointed out that the lioness wanted to make sure the Cubs could see everything. He explained that the lion teaches its cubs how to hunt by allowing them to first observe those who had mastered the art. The lioness teaches by example and in this way secures its leadership legacy.

Apostolic Sons

Building Relationships are fundamental in Apostolic ministry and at its heart-core is an Apostolic Father. A spiritual father’s primary purpose is to raise up mature sons and daughters who can embrace their calling. Sons receive instruction, counsel, admonition and correction from spiritual fathers.  This pattern of fathers and sonship is God’s pattern of maturing and manifesting His sons. The book of Malachi also speaks of Elijah turning the hearts of the Fathers to the sons and the sons to the fathers (Malachi 4:6). Jesus only entered His ministry after He was called a son (Matthew 17:5).

Mark 16:14-20

Mark 16:14-20
Afterward, he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at table, and he rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen. And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.” So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. 20And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs.