Sunday, February 23, 2014

Hammering your own horn

S- Numbers 10:1-4 NASB

The Lord spoke further to Moses, saying, "Make yourself two trumpets of silver, of hammered work you shall make them; and you shall use them for summoning the congregation and for having the camps set out. When both are blown, all the congregation shall gather themselves to you at the doorway of the tent of meeting. Yet if only one is blown, then the leaders, the heads of the divisions of Israel, shall assemble before you.

O- The direction God was giving Moses was to create two trumpets to call and communicate with the nation of Israel  when to gather, and who should go.  It is hard for me to imagine what it must have been like to lead thousands of nomadic people in any direction.   Gods plan for Moses and His leaders gave them the answer to this difficult task. These hammered out horns would be very specific to the nation of Israel and would  carry a sound unique to the the hands that built it.   I love the fact that if only one is blown then the leaders assembled.  When both are blown the whole congregation moves.  It seems so simple but God truly knew what it would take to lead this at times surly bunch. 

A -  Pastor Wayne in his book DCAT , describes this process of each church following God first and foremost, but perhaps even gleaning principles from the DCAT book on how to "do" ministry.  However, each should hammer out their own horn.  The scripture and DCAT excerpts point to a few key principles:
1. Each church needs to hammer out their own special call to the people they are called to lead.  We are not to copy someone else's.  Though we can learn the heart and the art,  the hard work of hammering out your unique sound must be done.   God has called each local church to lead a specific flock he has planned for them to shepherd.  The hammering out process is the process you are clarifying who God is calling you to lead.  
2.  The process is to hammer out two trumpets one for the whole congregation and one to call just the leaders.   This is a deep leadership principle I have lived, learned, and observed in great teams.  The leaders know they need to gather, and align their leadership team in order to lead the entire flock.  Without alignment of hearts and minds, the sheep will feel the tension when the entire flock begins to move and leaderships are pointing in different directions. 
The application for me is the same for any team that I lead or coach.  Each is unique and the sound which will draw them in is unique.  The leadership team trumpet is always a key trumpet to hammer out, to move out too fast without this trumpet being loud and clear can lead to chaos and lost sheep.

P - Dear heavenly father, thank you for today's message may it be sealed to my heart.  I pray Lord you would help  me to apply this principle in leading and coaching the teams that you have me lead, direct me to coach, or simply support.  I pray all this in Jesus name, Amen.

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