Here are some thoughts about leadership and influence, taken from J. Oswald Sanders' book Spiritual Leadership:
"Desiring to be great is not a sin. It is motivation that determines ambition's character. Jesus never said “Do not desire to be great in God's kingdom,” but He did instruct us to be servants. Only once in the New Testament did Jesus say that he was going to do something as an example, and then he washed their feet... The quality of your leadership depends on what happens during time. The character and career of a young person depends on how he or she spends spare time. Leisure is a glorious opportunity and a subtle danger. Minutes and hours wisely used translate into an abundant life."
God makes all things beautiful in His time. Imagine if every member and attender of FJMC was completely surrendered to the Will of the Father, and unreservedly committed to bringing glory to His name. Just think what influence that would have on others! Or what if just five people received God's vision for saving souls for the kingdom? What could that do for the kingdom, and how would that passion influence other believers to be soul-winners for Jesus? Or try this dream out. What if just ten people at FJMC developed a passion to lead mentoring groups to disciple younger people and new believers, and began walking into that vision with a realization that this was God's calling?
Your choices affect the direction of your life, influence the lives of your friends, and can even change the spirit of the local church to which you are affiliated. You are a person of influence right where you are! What is your mission? How are you leading? Whose signals are you listening to?