To discern the DNA of a leader; look to the life of his disciples. A leader is only as good as the next generation of leaders they produce.
4 Barriers to Incarnational Leadership
While Jesus is our model of incarnation, people don’t really want incarnational leadership.
- Impersonal Methods
- Consumer Mentality
- Self-Centered Mission
- Churchless Migration
5 Aspects to the DNA of Incarnation
The DNA of Incarnational leadership is allowing the world to see, touch, hear, smell and taste the physical presence of Christ in us.
#1: Incarnational Leaders Smell Like Jesus
“The leader of the future church must move from corporate executive to spiritual artisan who is painting the portrait of God on Men’s souls.” – Erwin McManus
(2 Corinthians 2:14–17, ESV) “But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ. ”
#2: Incarnational Leaders Engage the Culture
How do you engage a culture that has heard the Gospel, been saturated in Church, and ultimately rejected Jesus?
(Acts 17:23, ESV) “For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, ‘To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you.”
#3: Incarnational Leaders Know “their” Story
A Leader knows what is happening in the life of the congregation and can use those stories to inspire others.
(Philippians 4:8–9, ESV) “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”
(2 Corinthians 8:18–19, ESV) “With him we are sending the brother who is famous among all the churches for his preaching of the gospel. And not only that, but he has been appointed by the churches to travel with us as we carry out this act of grace that is being ministered by us, for the glory of the Lord himself and to show our good will.”
#4: Incarnational Leaders Connect The Body
“Leaders must give their people room to fail. People need encouragement rather than scorn when they struggle.” – John McAurther
(1 Corinthians 14:26, ESV) “What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up.”
#5: Incarnational Leaders Breathe Life Into the Next Generation
(2 Timothy 2:1–2, ESV) “You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”