Leadership Lessons from the Bible

The Law of Process

This post is part of a series of posts designed for interaction following a teaching series I did for a small group at my home church, Stillmeadow Church of the Nazarene in York, PA.  Please feel free to join the comments below as I am encouraging discussion on this topic…

The Law of Process states that “Leaders develop daily, not in a day.”  This is one of Dr. John Maxwell’s laws found in his book entitled The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.  The basic concept of the law is that we grow in our leadership capacity through a process that takes time.  We cannot simply wake up one day, attend a seminar, and begin leading at a different level.  Rather, leadership development is a day-by-day, life-long process.

As a part of the conversation surrounding our spiritual growth, I also introduced the concept of Kaizen, a Japanese term for continual improvement.  We each need to focus on daily, incremental, continuous improvements in our businesses, our families, and our personal lives.

As we apply the law of process and the principal of Kaizen to our spiritual growth, we discover that Peter has already given us instructions in 2 Peter 1:5-11 on how to grow spiritually that is very similar to those two concepts.  Beginning with “faith” as the foundation, Peter lists 8 items that we are encouraged to develop in our lives in ever increasing measure.  As we apply those things to our lives, we find ourselves growing deeper in our relationship with Jesus Christ.  Below is the list of 8 Characteristics found in 2 Peter 1:5-11.

Discussion:  To get our discussion on this topic started, please share with us one or two things that you are implementing in your life to live out the law of process.  Your comments can focus on your spiritual relationship with God, or some other aspect of your life.  So, let’s get the discussion started…

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  1. Two things that I’ve been implementing in my personal life to live out the law of process (daily improvement at small increments at a time) are:
    1) Daily journaling and weekly review of my journal entries. This helps me to see trends that may be occurring and gives me a chance to nip negative trends in the bud.
    2) Meeting with a mentor (life coach). These meetings help me to think outside my “box” and just as “iron sharpens iron”, it’s important for me to receive advice that steers me onto the right path or confirms that I’m where I need to be.