Enlisting Others – Leadership

enlistDate written: 13 March 2016

SUBJECT: Leadership

TITLE: Enlisting Others

PROPOSITION: Leaders need to know how to enlist others. To effectively enlist others, there needs to be 1) A Need, 2) Purpose, 3) Clear Direction, 4) Bright Future.

OBJECTIVE: We will study three passages of scripture where leaders enlisted others and draw lessons.


1. Read: Acts 6:1-7

2. About the Text:

1) Some consider this the first time that deacons are appointed in the church.

2) Without doubt, it is an example of church leaders enlisting others to help.

3) Whether a person is an elder, deacon, preacher, or not, we can all be leaders in some way.

4) To be a good leader one must know how to enlist the help of others.

5) We cannot do the job that Jesus left us to do alone.

6) We need others to help.

3. Ref. to S, T, P, O, and A.

DISCUSSION: To effectively enlist others, there must be a . . .

I.   Need

1. Acts 6:1-7 – The need is the widows who have not been receiving their daily allotments.

2. There is an additional need in this passage – for the apostles to continue in the word of God and prayer.

3. What happens when you have two equally demanding needs?

4. You must enlist the help of others.

5. When there are real needs around us, leaders can make a clear appeal for help.

6. Do we have any needs?

II.  Purpose

1. Mark 1:16-20 – Jesus gives the apostles purpose here.

2. He called them to follow Him and be fishers of men.

3. When we enlist others to help, they need purpose so that they have a general sense of direction.

4. Generally speaking, people want to participate in activities that have purpose because this contributes to meaning in life, and we want our lives to have meaning.

5. Leaders must tap into this by infusing activities and events with purpose.

III. Clear Direction

1. Matthew 10:1-15

2. Jesus gave the disciples clear directions here.

3. When things are confusing, it is difficult to carry out the purpose.

4. Moreover, people want to know what they are getting involved in, how much of their time is needed, and what resources will be involved.

5. Having clear directions goes a long way toward enlisting others.

IV.  Bright Future

1. Leaders are futurists!

2. They look to the future and paint a picture of how things can be.

3. Look at what Jesus did in Matthew 10:40-42.

4. It is important that leaders talk about the future.

5. People want to know what will happen as a result of their efforts.

6. What a wonderful blessing it is to be a Christian knowing that we are working together for a great future.


1. Leaders must enlist others to effectively carry forward their cause.

2. Paul knew that others needed to be enlisted when he said, “And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2 Timothy 2:2).

3. To effectively enlist others, there must be . . .

1) A Need

2) Purpose

3) Clear Directions

4) A Bright Future

4. Invitation