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The theme of this year’s NWMN Conference was “Cultivate.” The idea behind this theme was the desire that this Annual Conference would be a context wherein “the soil of the heart of the individual leader” was cultivated by God’s Spirit.
As I’ve been reflecting on my notes from the various sessions today one thing that has struck me is that the culture I create as a leader in my context will be the result of what is happening (or isn’t happening) in my own heart.
If I have a heart of humility, humility will be fostered where I lead.
If I have a heart that is hungry for God, those who follow my lead will grow with a similar hunger.
If I have a heart that is broken for those in my community who don’t know Jesus, those under my leadership will as well.
If I have an arrogant heart, my ministry context will be marked by a territorial spirit.
If my heart is filled with a love for worldly things, I will build a culture that is based upon my own personality instead of God’s personality.
If I’m indifferent toward the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of those in my city, those looking to me for leadership will exhibit a similarly self-focused attitude.
The heart of the leader creates the culture of their leadership, forming the DNA of their context.
This reality challenges me immensely. We often seek out ways in which we can become better leaders, but practical skills in leadership are no substitute for a heart that is continually transforming through the gospel of Jesus Christ.
 Dr. George Wood referred to the idea of a church being built on “my personality vs. God’s personality” as well as “humility, hunger, and heart” in his sermon for the Ordination Service on Wednesday, April 30.