leadership factors

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Rev. John Maxwell
STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS:
MINISTRY AND MARKETPLACE LEADERS
Taken from the John Maxwell Leadership Bible

Samuel 9:1—15:31

The Scripture provides a marvellous picture of how pastors and business leaders can part together to fulfill a God-given vision. First Samuel shows how God sovereignly uses both Samuel the priest (ministry leader) and Saul the king (marketplace leader).

Because he feels secure, Samuel is able to fulfill his role as spiritual leader to big and strong Saul. He finds his security in his divine call and in the One who called him, not in people. While Saul could be an intimidating, daunting leader (1 Sam. 9:2), Samuel does not envy Saul’s role, I can he be diverted from his work in Saul’s life. Note the following observations regarding the partnership of these two in fulfilling God’s plan.

1. SAMUEL COULD SPEAK INTO SAUL’S LIFE BECAUSE HE FELT SECURE IN HIS CALLING (9:17-19).
While God told Samuel to anoint Saul as king, the prophet never considered the son of kb to be a celebrity. Saul became king over Samuel—but Samuel never placed his security or emotional health in a mere man. With poise and confidence he said to Saul, “I am the prop* He then instructed Saul concerning the spiritual matters he would face as king.

2. SAMUEL AFFIRMED SAUL’S COMPLEMENTARY ROLE AND HONOURED HIM FOR IT (9:21-23).
Although Samuel had been the visible leader in Israel, he intentionally gave away his stall
by publicly honouring Saul. He reserved special food for him and a special place at the table, no one would question whom they were to follow.

3. SAMUEL TOOK INITIATIVE AND ANOINTED SAUL FOR THE ROLE HE WAS TO FULFILL (10:1).
Samuel didn’t feel competition or envy over this new king; he knew that both would serving leaders among God’s people as complementary partners. As Coach Bill McCartney once said to some Promise Keeper speakers, “We are not here to compete with each other, but to complete each other.”

4. SAMUEL HELPED SAUL TO RECEIVE A NEW HEART FOR SERVING PEOPLE (10:6-9).
At this point Samuel had every reason to feel awkward or displaced; now Saul was doir very thing Samuel had been gifted to do. But Samuel didn’t resist helping Saul to develop i the spiritual leader God called him to be.

5. SAMUEL ENCOURAGED SAUL TO USE HIS SPIRITUAL GIFTS (10:10-13).
Samuel faithfully brought God’s word to Saul. He prepared Saul to receive his spiritual | by explaining what would happen and when to look for it.

6. SAMUEL DID NOT FEEL INTIMIDATED BY OR ENVIOUS OF SAUL’S CONQUESTS (13:8-13).
Samuel allowed neither Saul’s position as king nor his success as conqueror to move I While Samuel affirmed the king, he also understood his role in Israel and in the king’s life. Samuel confronted Saul’s disobedience and clarified each of their roles.

7. SAMUEL SPOKE WORDS OF DIRECTION TO SAUL (15:1-3).
Even after confronting Saul’s disobedience, Samuel was able to provide direction for 1 king and affirm his work on the battlefield. He didn’t shrink from playing his role in Saul’s I and again clarified Saul’s place in the scheme of things. He furnished Saul with great cor dence and support as he led the armies of Israel.

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