Niceville Campus eLetter
Thursday, September 29, 2022
From our Executive Pastor
I hope you all our enjoying our current series- “Letters to Leaders.” Jeremy’s definition of Christ like leadership in the 1st message was so powerful: “Christ like leadership is influence acted upon with self-sacrificial love.” Leadership isn’t just influence, but we then have to ACT on that influence.
I read a ton of leadership and management books, so I’m always fascinated with stories of leaders who used their influence to make a difference in their organization, team, staff, church, or community. This is one of my favorite stories on the power of influence.
How many of you have heard of the name William Dawes? How about Paul Revere? Well on April 18, 1775 both men set out with the same message to be delivered to all the towns near Lexington, Mass. They took different routes, but rode the same amount of miles and reached the same number of towns on their journey. While we all know the name Paul Revere, William Dawe’s ride didn’t exactly set the country side on fire with inspiration. One specific town that he rode through, Waltham, was completely surprised by the British. William Dawes ride didn’t establish any militias, whereas Paul Revere fired up local militia leaders from every town and organized a fierce resistance that ignited the American Revolution. Two riders with exactly the same message, yet one influenced and the other didn’t. That’s the power of influence!
So what about you? Who are you influencing right now? Who are you discipling right now? Who has God put on your heart in recent weeks that you need to share some truth with? We all have the same powerful truths from God’s Word to share with the world around us. 2 Timothy 3:16- “All Scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness.” How are we leveraging our influence in our community, church, and family to share the truth of God’s word with others? Every time we share God’s Word it has the power to influence others. So, let’s take advantage of every opportunity this week and be intentional with our influence.
We look forward to seeing you this Sunday as we continue our series “Letters to Leaders” if you missed a message, HERE is a link to get caught up.
Dan Knuff, Executive Pastor