Answer The Call

Leadership Factory 3

God gave us a divine mandate to lead.

Leadership is: influencing people to give their best toward a defined goal as pictured by a particular leader.

You Were Born to Lead

The first description of mankind in the Bible involves leadership.

Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.” Genesis 1:26, NLT

God won’t call you to do something without equipping you to do it!

You Have Divine Permission to Lead

When God called Moses, he instantly gave five excuses why he couldn’t lead. Notice God’s answer to him.

Excuse One: Who am I? (Exodus 3:11-12)

Moses struggled with his identity. He didn’t feel qualified.

God’s response: It doesn’t matter who you are. I have called you. I am with you.

“True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.” C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Excuse Two: Who are you? (Exodus 3:13–14)

Moses struggled with intimacy with God.

God’s response: I AM WHO I AM.

If we’re going to lead, we’ve got to draw close with God everyday.

Excuse Three: What if they don’t listen? (Exodus 4:1-

Moses struggled with intimidation. He worried about the people’s reaction to him. This is called the fear of man.

God’s response: I’m everything you need.

Excuse Four: I don’t have the right skills. (Exodus 4:10–12)

Moses felt less than and unprepared.

God’s response: I made your mouth. I will show you what to say.

Excuse Five: Someone else is better than me. (Exodus 4:13–16)

Moses struggled with inferiority.

Avoid the Comparison Trap: Always find someone better and worse.

God’s response: I will let Aaron go with you and help, but I’m still calling you to go.

Ditch the excuses and develop into the leader God has called you to be.

Cole Phillips

I’m a Connector, linking people with God and with others to experience the kind of life God has planned for them.

I am the founding and Lead Pastor of THE CONNECTION CHURCH in Buda, Texas. I previously served in churches around the state as youth pastor and as pastor before moving to Kyle in the Spring of 2004. I love to lead people to connect with God and those around them and thrive on changed lives. I earned a doctorate in missions and evangelism with an emphasis on church growth. My heart beats for helping people connect with God and connect with others in an authentic community of faith.

I love listening to and making music. I also enjoy hanging out with my family. Pam and I have been married since 1991 and we have two daughters, Makenzie and Bethanie. We are planting our lives in Hays County and allowing God to build a great church through us.