SINGAPORE, 20 NOVEMBER 2008 — CELL GROUP LEADERSHIP, one of the electives under the pastoral workshops, was conducted by City Harvest Church’s Executive Pastor Derek Dunn in Omega Room 1, Hall 10. The participants comprised of Pastors, active Cell Group Leaders (CGLs) and aspiring CGLs.
|PHOTOS: Maggie Chng
Dunn emphasised the importance of CGLs in their role of being spiritual leaders, mentors and disciplers to their members. A CGL is called to make a wall and stand in the gap before God (Ezekiel 22:30). First and foremost, a CGL is a leader. More than just a title, a “leader” is a man or woman who has the capacity to translate vision into reality. A significant attribute of a leader is the ability to motivate others through words, gesture and spirit, as well as being confident and decisive, with specific and clear visions.
Secondly, a CGL is a servant. Luke 12:42 says, “He is a ruler by His ability to serve others their meal.” To be a leader is to serve and help others, love people and be a blessing. A leader is not controlling or lording over others. It is a sacrifice and not a position for personal gain.
Thirdly, a CGL is a father. He or she should act as a spiritual father or mother to the members, showing compassion and concern, willing to reach out, be warm, forgiving, gentle and sensitive.
Fourthly, a CGL is a shepherd. Just as David wrote in Psalm 23:1, a leader is to guide and protect the members from false teachings.
Finally, a CGL is an example, a role model in his or her speech, conduct, love for God and people, attitude and spiritual life; he or she is to be an example of faith, purity and consistency.
A leader doesn’t have to be perfect — but people do not care how much you know, but how much you care. God is not looking for gold vessels, but yielded vessels who are willing to reflect the love of God through their attitudes and actions.