To Love & To Lead: Staff Discussions


Posted on Mar 14, 2018 by Wes Hilliard, Lead Pastor


Last Sunday we talked about Nehemiah and Extreme Ownership.  Extreme ownership is a leadership and operational principle of the U.S. Navy SEALS.  It is a major reason why they are such a formidable and successful force.  Every member of the team takes extreme ownership for the fulfillment of the mission.  Every member takes total responsibility for the success of the team.

Are you a member of Heritage Church?  If so, do you take extreme ownership for the success of our mission?  Do you know it?  It is on every piece of communication we send out:  “To love God and people passionately and to lead people into a passionate relationship with Jesus Christ.”  Just remember, “to love and to lead.”  This is not just something we made up.   This is the direct commandment and commission of Jesus to us. 

If you are a child, are you taking total responsibility to make Timothy Team and the Gospel Project great?  Are you working to be transformed into a spiritual champion?  If you are a youth member of Heritage, are you giving yourself to the success of The Beat or PULSE student ministries.  Are you reaching out to students who don’t know Jesus and don’t have a church home?  Are you inviting them to come with you?  Are you seeking to help them learn to follow Jesus?

Adults, are you taking extreme ownership of the health of Heritage with your covenant to be loyal (semper fi) with your prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness for Jesus Christ?  Are you a disciple who is making disciples?  What are their names?  Jesus says, “You are my disciples IF you do what I command you.”

Here is one simple way you can take extreme ownership for the health of our body of believers.  Every Sunday, and especially the next several Sundays, lots of new people will enter our doors.  Would you practice the 5-10-link rule?  What is it?

5 – refers to time:  5 minutes before and after the service, introduce yourself to someone you don’t know.  See if they have a prayer need and pray with them!

10 – refers to space:  Even if you are with a group of friends, when someone you don’t know comes within 10 feet of you, reach out to them and invite them into your group!

LINK – refers to connecting.  When you meet someone new immediately link them to someone else based on common affinity (occupation, home state, interests, age, etc. ... ).  Take them to meet our Hospitality Team and/or our other pastors and staff. 

We can do this.  And by the grace of God, we will succeed!  Jesus is changing our culture!  We are becoming Upper Room praying disciples who make disciples who make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world!  Revival and spiritual awakening are coming!  I know it!

Pressing in for Jesus’ glory!  Join me! 

Pastor Wes


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