Market Seventy: Reclaiming the marketplace

Transformation Leadership Teaching

God’s Tool for Reclaiming and Restoring Creation

Introduction

Hundreds of books have been written on Kingdom leadership or servant leadership. You have probably read several and there are more coming out every year. So, why not just read a few of those? Why this “course” on leadership? Why does Market 70 expect it has anything new or unique to offer? This short course is not meant to be a total guide to leadership but rather to set a framework for you to develop Transformation Leadership within your organization. As with the other steps in the Market 70 model, this is designed to bring you through practical steps to building what you need to complete the metamorphosis from wherever you are now to being a transformational organization. You will find that leadership in your company may not look very much like leadership in another organization – even in another transformation company.

Once you have discovered God’s specific blueprint for transformation leadership in your business, you can evaluate which leadership style inventories, books, and consultants will align with His plans and purposes for you and your organization. You will be able to build into your leaders with the best mix of materials on character traits, skills, techniques, etc. Don’t get ahead of yourself, though. Listen first to what God has in store for your transformation company and leadership. Then seek out resources to strengthen the leadership area.

Background

As God began to teach us about leadership, it was clear that He wanted to draw our attention to several characteristics. Transformational Leadership is eternal, not temporal. It is rooted in, and ONLY in the plans and purposes of God. Transformational Leaders are those who recognize they are gifted, skilled tools in the hand of the Almighty. Proverbs 21:1 says, “Good leadership is a channel of water controlled by God; he directs it to whatever ends he chooses.” (The Message) Consider God’s words from Isaiah.

Isaiah 51: 1-6 – God is Our Example of Transformation Leadership

God’s Word

"Listen to me, all you who are serious about right living and committed to seeking God.

 

 

 

 

Our Commentary

A call to Matthew 6:33 people – those who seek first His Kingdom and righteousness. Note the seeking comes first, not last, as if only to affirm what we’ve already decided. God is describing a lifestyle here, not a program or an event or “step one of many.”

“Ponder the rock from which you were cut,
   the quarry from which you were dug.
Yes, ponder Abraham, your father,
   and Sarah, who bore you.
Think of it! One solitary man when I called him,
   but once I blessed him, he multiplied.

 

 

 

Remember our calling is to be set apart. Once you answer God anoints you with His covenant of everlasting leadership. Abraham was multiplied in every way – offspring, riches, reputation. He was elevated to be the father of nations, not just people.

“Likewise I, God, will comfort Zion,
   comfort all her mounds of ruins.
I'll transform her dead ground into Eden,
   her moonscape into the garden of God,
A place filled with exuberance and laughter,
   thankful voices and melodic songs.  

 

God’s desire is that all things be reclaimed and restored. Zion represents Israel which represents the new heaven of the book of Revelation which will be a place of perfection and beauty and completeness. Imagine a marketplace filled with this kind of joy! This is the goal of transformational leadership – “to bring all things under one head, even Jesus Christ” in the New Heaven.

"Pay attention, my people.
   Listen to me, nations.
Revelation flows from me.
  My decisions light up the world.

God is the source of all instruction and is teaching us how to achieve the perfection He describes. We are to be the stewards and administrators of His good, pleasing and perfect will.

 

“My deliverance arrives on the run,
   my salvation right on time.
   I'll bring justice to the peoples.
Even faraway islands will look to me
   and take hope in my saving power.

 

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me…” Jesus’ words describe the broader call on leaders. Our sphere of influence is huge and God’s reach is unlimited.

“Look up at the skies,
   ponder the earth under your feet.
The skies will fade out like smoke,
   the earth will wear out like work pants,
   and the people will die off like flies.
But my salvation will last forever,
   my setting-things-right will never be obsolete.”

 

Our scope is eternal and out of all that we do here, only that which aligns with God’s eternal plan will survive.

Scripture on the left, From The Message, ©2003, Eugene Peterson. Comments on the right are ours.

 

God’s model of leadership is one that delivers change – transforming all that is into all that will be. As Christ came to redeem that which was lost, transformational leaders are to reclaim and restore all which was lost to its proper function and purpose in this world and in the next. Now, we can finally talk about a definition for Transformational Leadership.

The dictionary says transformation is “To change in structure or composition; To change in character or condition” Merriam-Webster, m-w.com, 2011.

Carle Hunt and David Yeazell, in their book, Kingdom Transformation Leadership, 2010, define transformation as the “process of dynamic change within an organization from a man-centered focus into one where God’s will and purposes are central.” (We would add two words: “and operational”).

These definitions point us in the right direction, but considering the Divine example of leadership God gives us in Scripture, we find a major element missing – that is, that the scope of leadership must always be God-sized, led by His Spirit into a world-changing scale. We believe that leadership that is anything less than Kingdom-Building, Nation-Reclaiming, World-Restoring, and People-Saving is leadership that falls short of God’s best intention for us. As in the parable of the minas in Luke 19, we believe that leaders are to be groomed for dominion in the New Jerusalem – the establishment of Heaven on Earth. (See Our Calling).

Tags: Kingdom Building, Marketplace Ministry, MarketplaceTransformation, transformation leadership, transformation leader, spirit-led leadership

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