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Leadership in Context Episode 153 Show Notes

The Leadership of Moses, pt3

Leadership in Context with Keith Tucci

Episode 153

As we continue our series on the leadership of Moses, we are going to pick up his story in Numbers 7. They are getting ready to build the tabernacle. Moses was exerting leadership, and things were going well.

Numbers 7:10

And the leaders offered the dedication offering for the altar when it was anointed, so the leaders offered their offering before the altar.

Moses went to the heads of the tribes, the most prominent leaders of the people, and he told them to bring their offering to be an example, a model, of giving.

Leadership is about modeling.

You might be able to build a Twitter account with great quotes, but to impact people’s lives and to really lead them somewhere, you have to give them a model. Paul said to follow him as he followed Christ. Jesus modeled following God and listening to God.

As a leader, first and foremost, we are givers as it relates to people. We give our time, our treasure, and our talent. We teach people to give their life to God.

I don’t trust a stingy leader. If they are stingy, they haven’t learned how to trust God or be gracious to other people.

Moses wanted the tribe leaders to be an example of giving. Moses himself was an example of giving. Hebrews 11 tells us that he gave up the riches of Egypt to suffer with the children of Israel. Moses knew what it was like to be a giver.

Moses set up this pattern of giving.

Numbers 7:18

On the second day Nethanel the son of Zuar, leader of Issachar, presented an offering.

Numbers 7:24

On the third day it was Eliab the son of Helon, leader of the sons of Zebulun…

This continues on as each of the leaders of all twelve tribes are named as they bring an offering, being an example of giving. It’s not that they are just advertising their offering. They are being a model and demonstrating that they are all in.

Under my leadership style, when we asked people to give, I would go around the room with my leadership team and ask them what they were giving (often having them write it down on cards that I wouldn’t share with everyone). I was very direct about it. If we were all in, we were all in. I wanted to make sure prior to standing before the church that my core leaders were in. Some were able to do more than others, and that was ok. I just wanted them to be in. This was an offering. We weren’t going to ask others to do what we weren’t willing to do ourselves. And I was always the first in and one of the biggest givers—that is critical to me.

Giving is a foundation of leadership.

Moses wanted people to be models. He wanted them to be an example and to give the people they were leading something to follow.

Join us next week as Keith Tucci continues to put leadership truth in the context of the local church. And as always, please like, share, rate/review, and invite others to listen. See you next week!

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