story from the field

Submitted by Keith Yoder, Founder, TTWM

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Leadership Makes an Enduring Impact

In our day to day, or even year to year, service as leaders we may not recognize that our leadership is making much difference. Some persons respond well while others ignore, waste, or resist the influence we offer them.

Yet from a long-term perspective, we must realize that our leadership and that of our predecessors has a lasting residual effect—for progress or decline in our sphere of influence.

For example, recently I interacted with leaders in Myanmar, a nation that had been under strict dictatorship for decades. In recent years democratic expressions of government emerged. There has been a surge in the economy: more construction, advances in transportation, expansion of business characterize the landscape.

Yet inside the soul of the culture remains the need for initiative. Many wait to be told what to think and do. Dictatorship did not develop deductive and inductive reasoning, creative and critical thinking nor individual initiative. These abilities were stymied for decades and the residual effects remain in the church as well.

Apostle Paul recognized the difference God’s grace makes in a leader, a people, a culture over time. He affirmed the church in Philippi “in view of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now.” He affirmed them as “partakers of grace with me.”