Leader of the church

—The Holy Spirit Ministries of All Nations—

Leader of the Church

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is active in leadership of The Holy Spirit Ministries Of All Nations. The Holy Spirit revealed the Church at Pentecost, coming upon the Apostles and the disciples with a transforming fire, forming them into a visible community, and empowering them to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

About The Holy Spirit

 
The Acts of the Apostles and early Church history show how the Holy Spirit bestowed gifts on the community of believers for their roles and responsibilities in serving the Church. This was a dynamic process that illustrated the abiding presence and action of the Spirit along with the increased understanding of the Faith. From Pentecost onward, the Church began her earthly pilgrimage that will be fulfilled one day in glory. The Holy Spirit maintains the stability, durability, and continuity of the Church both in favorable and unfavorable historical circumstances.
 
The Church Manifests the Holy Trinity
The Church is the continuing manifestation of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Church exists by the will of God the Father and his plan to gather all people under the Lordship of his Son. As Head of the Church, Jesus Christ continues to fill her with his life and saving grace, pouring into her the Holy Spirit with his gifts of unity, peace, and love.
 
 
1. The Holy Spirit is Active in Leadership Recruitment and Selection
Luke begins the book of Acts, “Dear Theophilus, in the first volume of this book I wrote on everything that Jesus began to do and teach until the day he said good-bye to the apostles, the ones he had chosen through the Holy Spirit, and was taken up to heaven.” Jesus himself was guided by the Holy Spirit in selecting His leaders. That same pattern is continued throughout Acts.
 
The presence of the Holy Spirit was a qualifier for leadership when choosing seven leaders to care for widows (Acts 6:3-6).
The Holy Spirit guided the selection of two leaders–Saul and Barnabas–and commissioned them to preach the Gospel in Salamis (Acts 13:2-5).
The Holy Spirit chose and appointed leaders to shepherd the church. Acts 20:28 says, “Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.”
 
2. The Holy Spirit Empowers Leaders with Boldness
In Acts 4, the text acknowledges that Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, spoke to the leaders. Peter and John were empowered by the Spirit with courage and boldness to speak unapologetic truth to the influential leaders of their day. Acts 4:13 records their response: “When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.” This same boldness accompanied Stephen in Acts 6:9b: “These men began to argue with Stephen, but they could not stand up against his wisdom or the Spirit by whom he spoke.” The Holy Spirit empowers us to embrace courageous leadership.
 
3. The Holy Spirit Brings Encouragement, Strength, and Peace in Leadership Storms 
The church and its leaders experienced plenty of suffering and persecution. However, the Holy Spirit wasn’t absent during these trials. The Holy Spirit was present when Stephen was stoned (Acts 7:54-56)
The Holy Spirit warned Paul about going to Jerusalem (Acts 21:4-14)
The Holy Spirit brought seasons of peace and comfort to the church. Acts 9:31 says, “Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace. It was strengthened; and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it grew in numbers, living in the fear of the Lord.”
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The early Church Fathers taught that there was an inseparable link between the Holy Spirit and the Church: Where the Church is, there also is God’s Spirit; where God’s Spirit is, there is the Church. So forceful is the presence of the Spirit in the life of the early Church that the New Testament narrative of the Church’s early growth, the Acts of the Apostles, is often called the “Gospel of the Holy Spirit.”

4. The Holy Spirit Provides guidance, Discernment, and Discretion to Leaders

When Paul encountered Elymas the Sorcerer, the Holy Spirit gave Paul the discernment to see Elymas as a “child of the devil” and then the Lord struck Elymas blind (Acts 13:7-12). And in Acts 16, the Holy Spirit directed Paul’s journeys as he preached the Gospel.

5. The Holy Spirit Helps Leaders Successfully Manage Conflicts

In Acts 15, a conflict arose in the church where some Jews insisted that non-Jewish people must be circumcised in order to be saved. After considerable discussion on the issue among Paul, Barnabas, James, the apostles, and some believing Pharisees, a conclusion was finally reached.
 
A letter was drafted and sent to Antioch with this message: “It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements: You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality. You will do well to avoid these things” (Acts 15:28-29). The Spirit of God was interested and active in the proper management of conflict in the church. Here’s a more thorough look at lessons in Biblical conflict resolution from Acts 15.
 
6. The Holy Spirit Compels Leaders to Move Out of Their Comfort Zones
Paul was profoundly used by the Holy Spirit to preach the Gospel. Was it always comfortable? Hardly! Acts 20:22-24 says, “And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.” Without the Holy Spirit’s prompting, we’ll find ourselves confined to our cul-de-sac of comfort.
 
7 .The Holy Spirit’s presence and influence in your day-to-day leadership may be very active. Or you might find yourself doing leadership solely in your own wisdom and strength. “We all have to answer the question: Do I want to lead or be led by the Spirit?” Why not start your day with a simple but sincere prayer: “Holy Spirit, lead my leadership.”