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1 Willow DiLuzio First Baptist Church Littleton May 15, 2011

2 He who thinketh he leadeth and hath no one following him is only taking a walk

3 John 10: The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep… 3 the sheep listen to his voice. 4 He calls his own sheep by name… 7 …I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who ever came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. Jesus is both the Shepherd and the gate Jesus leads us to salvation but also provides salvation for us We shouldn’t listen to thieves and robbers who might distract us or lead us astray We can’t enter the gate without him WE’RE THE SHEEP, WE’RE NOT THE SHEPHERD but we forget sometimes…

4 Psalm 23 The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me, your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table for me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

5 Leadership Amazon.com lists 50,073 books with "leader" in the title and only 2,348 with “follower" in the title Some titles currently on the NY Times Bestseller Lists “Bossypants” by Tina Fey “The Money Class: Learn to Create Your New American Dream” by Suze Orman “The Corner Office: Indispensable and Unexpected Lessons from CEOs on How to Lead and Succeed” by Adam Bryant Leadership and Self Improvement is highly valued

6 Leaders are Role Models Time Recently published/celebrated the World’s 100 Most Influential People, consisting of many World Leaders and Innovators Angela Merkel – Germany’s Chancellor Joe Biden –US Vice President Hillary Clinton – US Secretary of State David Cameron – Britain’s Prime Minister Mark Zuckerberg – Founder of Facebook Leaders get public praise and attention

7 We want to be a Leader/Shepherd It is tempting to think we have full control over our lives We want to take full credit of our successes We want people to look up to us, to ask us for advice, to think of us as wiser, smarter, and more experienced than others We want to be able to influence other people lives and their decisions Helicopter parents try to control all aspects of their children’s lives, from birth to college

8 Why do have your current occupation? A) Where I am today is a direct result of all my hard work B) I have listened to the Lord’s guidance in my life and this is where he has led me C) I want to help others/my children grow and achieve their full potential and my current occupation allows me to do this D) A little bit of A,B, and C or I am indecisive

9 What does the Shepherd Offer (i.e. Benefits of Being a Sheep) Being a sheep isn’t so bad We are part of a community, a flock, that follows the same shepherd We are all on the same journey to be humble and listen to our Shepherd when he calls us by name The Shepherd gives us Love and Protection Provides calm and quiet in our hectic lives Shelters us from distractions that will lead us off the right path Provides a leader who will always listen, who knows us, and who always has time for us Is the gate to Eternal Life

10 Followers are Important From “Fellowship: How Followers are Creating Change and Changing Leaders” by Barbara Kellerman (2008) In the last couple of years, our reluctance to use the word follower has receded, somewhat. We are more willing now than we were before to acknowledge that followers are integral to the leadership process, and to use the word without worrying that we are being condescending. As one scholar noted, an increasing number of writers argue that ‘exemplary, courageous, and star followers are a precondition for successful organizations. Rejecting the common stereotypes of followers as timid, docile sheep, these experts claim that good followership matters a great deal.’

11 5 Types of Followers (Kellerman) Isolates Completely detached, don’t know or care about their leader Bystanders Observe but don’t participate, are disengaged Participants Are engaged, invest time in their organization Activists Feel strongly, are eager, energetic, and engaged, and work hard Diehards Dedicated to their ideas and willing to suffer, even die, for them

12 Who guides your life? We often forget that we are the sheep following Jesus, and we think that we are in control of our lives We need to acknowledge that a lot of our life circumstances are blessings that have been bestowed upon us, they are not because of anything we have done The Shepherd is always there through our choices and decisions Who are we listening to?

13 Do we Listen to Robbers and Thieves The noise of our everyday life distract us from hearing the Shepherd’s voice , i-phone, Facebook, Twitter, TV, videogames, work, housework We can be easily led off the path towards our Shepherd Greed, anger, pride, ego, want for material things We know he calls us each by name but are we listening?

14 Listening to the Shepherd Set aside quiet alone time to pray, reflect, and listen We often can’t hear him above the noise of our busy lives Read your bible, inspirational books/websites, listen to inspirational songs If we don’t seek him out, he can’t speak to us Talk and share with others He often speaks through friends and family Face to Face, Phone, Facebook PM

15 Church Leaders We need humble leaders in our society and churches who are also followers Leaders serve as an example of how to listen to and follow the Shepherd and they inspire others to do the same The Shepherd does call some of us to lead and develop others “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” - John Quincy Adams

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