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Great Leaders Unite People

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u·ni·ty

1. the state of being one; oneness.

2. a whole or totality as combining all its parts into one.

3. concord, harmony, or agreement.
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Years ago, God prompted me to implement a learning center Sunday school program in the church where I was on staff. In this dynamic, interactive program, children rotate to various learning centers . . . great for the kids/more work for the adults. The pastor was behind me, but I encountered opposition from members of the church.

I could have moved forward anyway, but it would have alienated a lot of people. My goal was to communicate and sell the vision then gain consensus before taking another step. Once we reached unity, the program was implemented and supported with the help of many church members.

Unity brings strength, power, synergy, transformation, harmony, success, and positive change. 

Leadership Thought #2

A good leader works to unite people. He/she does not cause or promote division.

Jesus prayed for unity among his followers:

“I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name—the name you gave me—so that they may be one as we are one. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one . . .” John 17:21-22

Division brings ruin:

  • Jesus said: “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand? – Matthew 12:25-26
  • “Pit race against race, religion against religion, prejudice against prejudice. Divide and conquer! We must not let that happen here.”  ― Eleanor Roosevelt

Real-world Division:

Division occurs in the family and is now a huge issue in our nation. I have never in my life seen America so divided.

Unfortunately, there can also be division within the local church and between whole churches and denominations. We’re all human so that’s no surprise.

  • There are churches who refuse to support a charitable community organization because another denomination is involved.
  • Some have been known to slander and judge other churches in the Christian faith. 
  • There are churches whose members treat other members like traitors when they leave one Christian church to go to another Christian church.

“Leaders understand that cooperation and competition work at cross purposes to one another. Trying to do well and trying to beat others is two different things.” – Kouzes and Postner

Bottom line – in all arenas, we need unity to remain strong. 

How can you work toward unity in your home, church, business, and community? Do you believe this is an important quality in a leader? Why or why not?

Thanks for stopping by The Warming House. Come back again. I’ll leave the light on for you!

Lisa~

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