In the secular world, we place a tremendous burden on our leaders. It should come as no surprise, then, that as leaders, we are tempted to think we are the ones who have to “do it all.” Moses started out thinking that way. But then, as the people grumble more and more, he cried out to God and said: “I can’t carry all these people by myself! The load is far too heavy!” (Numbers 11:14, New Living Translation). As Moses came to recognize the need to build teams of trusted advisers, and prepare his successor, Joshua, to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land, God taught him an important lesson. That lesson is at the heart of this course, and it is this:
Pursuing Your Mission from God: Leading Your Ministry Into the Promised Land, applies ten lessons of Godly leadership from the life of Moses to help you disciple and train your ministry team. My course, Think Like Jesus, Lead Like Moses, is designed for you to take by yourself; to examine your own leadership style, and help you become the leader God wants you to be. This course is well suited to be used in group study, allowing you and your ministry team to take a “deep dive” into discerning how to develop leaders within your ministry and equip them to do the work God has entrusted to you. Therefore, to get the most out of this course, I encourage you to have members of your church/ministry team take this course together.
Along with the course video lessons, you’ll find downloadable workbooks that are to be used with each course session. Additionally, I’ve provided worksheet templates you can use as organization planning tools. Please feel free to download, print them, and/or modify them as you see fit.
In this video, David Lantz welcomes you to his course, Pursuing Your Mission from God. In this introduction, you'll learn more about how the course is organized, how it came about, as well as who David is and why you will want to take this course.
Please be sure to download the PDF syllabus file for the course to learn more how this course is organized.
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In this session, we’ll explore the process God uses to remove our SELF confidence and replace it with GOD confidence. Be sure to download The Cost of Discipleship Workbook to use as you review the lessons in this Section.
In this lesson, you’ll learn that to effectively lead others, you must allow God to transform your view of yourself. You will see how God transformed Moses’ view of himself – and how Godly leaders must go through a similar transformation if they want to think like Jesus and lead like Moses.
In this lesson, David introduces the first of the ten principles of Godly leadership: Gain Courage by Trusting the Lord. In this lesson, he reviews how Moses learned to give up on trusting in his own power, and to instead trust in God's power.
In this lesson, you will learn the importance of truly understanding your organization's “mission from God.” You will see how Moses concept of his God – given mission changed as he came to realize that he could not rely on his own strength and abilities to do what God was asking him to do.
In this lesson, David shares second of ten principles of Godly leadership: Understand God's Plan for Your Life, and be Committed to its Execution. He reviews how Moses learned this lesson by confronting Pharaoh to demand that he let the Israelites go.
In this lesson, we’ll show you that the culture you live in shapes your own personal values and priorities. For the Godly leader to be successful in “doing ministry,” one must learn the importance of cooperating more and competing less. This can be especially more difficult for American Christians than for those who have grown up in other, less individualistic cultures.
In this lesson, David reviews the third principle of Godly leadership: Attract Lieutenants in Whom You can Place Your Trust, and Then Trust Them to Accomplish the Vision. You'll see how Moses dealt with the tension between bestowing your authority on others to enable them to do the work, vs. the temptation to “hoard” your power.
In this lesson, we’ll summarize the key points of this session. You’ll learn that to build community and create teams, you will need to exchange the belief that “I have to do it” for the belief that “God, working through us, will help us do this together.”
In this section, you'll learn that Christian leadership should be focused on building community and creating teams to accomplish the Kingdom Vision God has given us for our ministry. Be sure to download the Building Community and Creating Teams workbook to use as you review the lessons in this Section.
In this Lesson, you’ll learn that the quickest road to failure in your ministry is to put yourself first. You’ll see that ministry is all about the sheep, not the shepherd.
In this lesson, David looks at the fourth principle of Godly leadership: Champion Your Followers, Even at Your Own Expense. You'll learn how Moses praised his people, and sacrificed for their good.
In this lesson, you’ll learn how a crisis of confidence can threaten the very existence of a ministry. We’ll examine how Moses faced his Crisis of Confidence, and consider how your ministry can do the same.
In the fifth principle of Godly leadership: Share Authority Through Delegation in Order to Ensure the Success of Your People, David examines how Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro, encourages him to delegate the work he’s doing.
Creating by-in to the ministry’s Kingdom Vision can be challenging and lead to division within your ministry. In this lesson, you will learn about the barriers to building effective community, and about the importance of delegating and training your people to do the work as you encourage them to take on increasing responsibilities.
In this lesson, you will learn the importance of not only having a vision for your ministry, but of communicating it to your people on a regular basis. You’ll discover there are four steps in creating a vision for going to “the other side of the hill.” Finally, you’ll be challenged to critically examine and define your ministry’s goals and objectives.
In this lesson, we’ll summarize the key points of this session. You’ll learn that an important cost of discipleship is to exchange the belief that “I have to do it” for the belief that “God, working through us, will help us do this together.”
In this session, we’ll see how the Godly leader must understand and apply the principle of cooperative effort. Be sure to download the Training Up Leaders Workbook to use as you review the lessons in this Section.
The seventh principle of Godly leadership is: Resist the Desire to Justify Yourself, Allowing God the Opportunity to Defend You. In this lesson, David looks at how Moses had to work with people who were critical of his leadership, while exploring how God and others defended Moses from their attacks.
In this lesson, you will learn that when you build your ministry team, God has already called the workers/volunteers. Your job is to facilitate their call
The sixth principle of Godly leadership is: Affirm Your Followers' Self-Worth, and Remind Them that God Cherishes Them. In this lesson, David explores how Moses edified others around him, praising them for their contribution to the efforts of the Children of Israel.
In this lesson, you will learn the importance of building up and edifying your fellow ministry coworkers. As the saying goes, there is no “I” in “team.” When you have completed this lesson, you will understand the importance of edifying your team in public so as to affirm them as individuals, while edifying them in private so as to restore broken relationships.
In the eighth principle of Godly leadership: Invite the Holy Spirit to Flow Through You, so That He Might Choose and Disciple Others with a Heart for the Vision God has Given You, the eighth principle, David considers how Moses invested himself in his protégé, Joshua.
In this lesson, we’ll learn that we are called to build the Lord’s ministry, not to cultivate a cult of personality. You’ll see the importance of identifying and mentoring your replacement, just as Moses did.
Jesus called people to “Come, Follow Me.” He showed them how to do as He did, He coached them in how to do it, and He turned them lose and said “go do as I did.” In this lesson, we recap the lessons from this session, noting that we must follow the direction of the Holy Spirit to choose and disciple others with a heart for the vision God has given us for ministry.
In this 5th session, we’ll look at getting people in the right place, making sure we have the tools needed in building our vehicle, and mapping out our journey to the other side of the hill. Be sure to download the Going to the Other side of the Hill Workbook to use as you review the lessons in this Section.
In this lesson, David looks at the ninth principle of Godly leadership: Acknowledge the Temptation to Let Success Go to Your Head – and Ask Your Advisors to Hold You Accountable. You’ll learn how Moses succumbed to the temptation of allowing fame and success to go to his head, and how God dealt with him.
All ministries have certain subgroups. Who are the people currently a part of your ministry who lead, work as staff, and volunteer? Who could participate more, but don’t? What sorts of gifts/talents are needed to make the ministry and its sub-ministries run smoothly? These questions, and how to answer them, are the subject of this lesson.
Once you identify your ministry workers, how might we bring them together and work cooperatively in the “vehicle” we’re building to take us to the other side of the hill? We’ll need several tools that help us communicate more effectively. This lesson describes some tools you can use to effectively build your vehicle.
In this lesson, David provides some planning templates he's developed over the years for the ministries he's been a part of. Additionally, information on Uniquely You's DISC and Spiritual Gifts Assessment is provided, with information on how to register for this program.
As Moses looked out onto the Promised Land, he knew he’d never get to go there. He had to send the Israelites on their way without him. Therefore, the roadmap he was laying out before them would need to be good enough for his people to follow without him, as well as those yet unborn. How do you plan to create a roadmap for your ministry to follow? We’ll discuss that question in this lesson.
In this lesson, David looks at the tenth principle of Godly leadership: Live a Life of Genuineness, Demonstrating a True Sense of Empathy and Understanding for Your Followers, Inspiring Them to Act Courageously as They Pursue a Vision to Enter the Promised Land. In this tenth and final principle, David examines how Moses led a life of genuineness.
Perhaps God has given you a vision for what is on the other side of the hill. Can you explain it to other people? Can you describe how those you lead will get to the other side of the hill? Can you build a vehicle that everyone can climb aboard and go on the journey with you? Let’s recap what we’ve learned in this session.
In this concluding lesson, David provides information on how to contact him, and shares his own personal "Mission from God" and how you might join him in "Training Spiritual Warriors for Christ."
In this document, you'll find links to other resources I talk about in the Next Steps lesson, including a discount code to take my course, How to Teach Online. Additionally, be sure to download the free e-book, Discovering Truth at the Movies: If We Listen, We Can Hear God's Plan.
My Course, Pursuing Your Mission from God, was actually developed from a live workshop version of the course. From time to time, churches have me come to do a Friday evening talk and Saturday morning workshop.
In the summer of 2014, I had the pleasure of doing this at the Edgewood United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Pastor Jim Allen was kind enough to present the attendees with a survey which I have finally gotten around to compiling and creating a report for. You can access it through this lesson. If you'd like to share it with those who have not taken this course, you can download it at http://www.wisejargon.com/docs/Lead_Like_Moses_Survey_Results.pdf
I have always enjoyed being a teacher. I have taught adult Sunday School classes and small group bible studies for the last twenty years. Outside of the Bible, I am an Adjunct Professor of Business Management and Economics for the University of Phoenix, Indiana Wesleyan University, and several other Indiana colleges, including Ivy Tech. I teach both online and face to face courses. I was named the 2005 Faculty of the Year by the first graduating class of the Indianapolis Campus of the University of Phoenix.
From 1992 to 1995, I was the State Director of the Indiana Christian Coalition, and I’ve served as a political consultant to several political campaigns for statewide office. I’ve worked for such organizations as the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute and as a Budget Analyst for the Indiana Legislature. And, in 1999, I was privileged to prepare a socio-economic analysis of Central Indiana for Dr. Billy Graham’s 1999 Indianapolis Crusade.
I enjoy writing, and have self-published several books, including two Christian historical novels, The Brotherhood of the Scroll and The Sword of the Scroll, To The Brotherhood of the Scroll, I’ve written a companion course curriculum, “Clash of the Superpowers: A Comparative History Curriculum.”
My wife Sally and I have been married since 1979 and have three adult children, of whom we are very proud. Sarah is 32 and is a Surgeon. Jason is 31, married to his wife Gail and they have a son, Isaac. Josh is 26 and attends IUPUI.
My life verse is Proverbs 15:2, “The wise man makes knowledge acceptable.”