Pastor Gerald Chapman
Everyone who accepts Christ is called to influence others. J. Oswald Sanders gave one of the best definitions; I can think of to describe leadership in his book titled, “Spiritual Leadership.” He stated that leadership is influence. That means if you are a follower of Christ then you recognize that you are called to influence others. Jesus said it this way…You are the salt of the earth…You are the light of the world…let your light shine before men, than they may see your good works and glorify your father in heaven. (Matthew 5:13-16)
While it is true that we have many leaders who continuously lead with unflattering examples, it is also true that we have many leaders who lead with the spirit of the Lord embedded in their souls. When we speak of a leader some people think of someone who leads with authority and an iron fist. Fortunately for us God’s idea of a leader is quite different. He teaches us to lead by not barking out orders but by being a servant just as he was.
True spiritual leadership with a spirit of humility of service will cause people to follow you because they want to, not because they have to. Humility is the attitude that puts others ahead of yourself. Thinking too highly of yourself prevents you from genuinely caring for others, humility enables you to serve others wholeheartedly thereby setting an example that others will follow. With that being said I would like to introduce to some and present to others Pastor Gerald Chapman.
I have admired his unselfishness and compassion for his fellow man. He does not require that a committee be convened to determine if the church will be able to help anyone in need, many times it is not the church that digs deep in the pocket, it is him. He is truly a humble servant who is lead by the Holy Spirit.
His love for God’s people is irrefutable. My mother has often said she’d love to one day be able honor and recognize him for the wonderful things that he has done...