More on Paul's leadership:
(4) Leadership is about persistence- Paul continued on in spite of changes in plans.
(5) Leadership is about patience- Paul bloomed where he was planted, trusting in God's timing. We have people come to Mexico and never find their place. They seem to wander about not with plan or purpose. The do not bloom where they are planted.
(6) Leadership is about passion- Paul was passionate about the spiritual needs of people.
Can we learn from Paul?
We can learn much from Paul as a leader. You might say, "I am not a leader" but you are. If you are a parent, a grandparent, you are. If you have a role in church, in school or in the place you work, you are a leader. I think Paul teaches us six crucial lessons about leadership in the first chapter of Romans.
(1) Leadership is about people_ Paul loved the Christians of Rome and he had never met them. Without people there is no leadership.
(2) Leadership is about prayer- Paul prayed for people he had never met.
(3) Leadership is about purpose- Paul had a plan, but submitted that plan to God.
Romans 1:12 (NKJV) " that is, that I may be encouraged together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me. " Why did Paul want to go to Rome?
He Desired to Share with them
He Desired to Strengthen them
He Desired to be Strengthened by them.
When a true group of followers of Christ get together there is a lot of sharing and caring. Each one can help each other. Paul knew that and he wanted that to happen.
Romans 1:11 (NKJV) " For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, so that you may be established--"
Why was Paul so anxious to get to Rome. He was not a cold-hearted, goal-oriented, results happy leader. His heart yearned for the fellowship and the face-to-face relationship with those for whom he prayed. He wanted to be with them. He first desired to share with them. He wanted to share Jesus and all that he knew and learned of Jesus and about Jesus.
Paul's Plan for the Romans
Romans 1:10 (NKJV) " making request if, by some means, now at last I may find a way in the will of God to come to you. "
Paul's plan was to visit Rome and then go to Spain. This was his plan. We all make plans, don't we. Proverbs 16:9 says," A man's heart plans his way, but the Lord direct his steps." We do not know for sure if Paul made it to Spain but we do know he made it to Rome. Not the way, he planned it but God was his travel agent and He had an intinerary already made out for him.