Lead­er­ship Of Con­ti­nu­ity

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - IBRU CENTRE -

LOOK­ING at the next gen­er­a­tion, we see many emerg­ing lead­ers. Lead­ers should look at min­istry and lead­er­ship as ath­letes in a re­lay race. Pass­ing of the ba­ton is very im­por­tant in any re­lay race. This may take but a mo­ment, but it is de­ter­mined by how well one runs and how skil­fully the ba­ton is handed to the next sprint­ing ath­lete. Some­times, in the course of a race, the ba­ton falls down at the hand­ing over mo­ment, and mars the team’s chances of win­ning. One heart, the sin­gle­ness of mind, and co­or­di­na­tion of what is be­ing handed down are key. Men­tor­ship re­ceived will bring smooth­ness to this. It may take years, but is still a heart’s af­fair. This means that a leader hand­ing down to an­other should not con­sider a day or two of train­ings he has with the suc­ces­sor as enough to make for suc­cess­ful con­ti­nu­ity. Joshua was with Moses for forty years as a pro­tégé be­fore God in­structed the change of ba­ton through lay­ing on of hands and giv­ing of a charge be­fore Eleazar the Priest, who sought the Lord’s coun­sel in the process. Num­bers 27:18-23 – And the LORD said unto Moses, Take thee Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit, and lay thine hand upon him; And set him be­fore Eleazar the priest, and be­fore all the con­gre­ga­tion; and give him a charge in their sight. And thou shalt put some of thine hon­our upon him, that all the con­gre­ga­tion of the chil­dren of Is­rael may be obe­di­ent. And he shall stand be­fore Eleazar the priest, who shall ask coun­sel for him af­ter the judg­ment of Urim be­fore the LORD: at his word shall they go out, and at his word shall they come in, both him, and all the

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