Luke 22:31-32a (NIV) – “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you… “
“Quality leadership does not come easily. It requires time, experience, and repeated instances of maturity processing.” Such was the experience of the disciples as they followed Jesus. There was much to learn. They thought that proximity to Jesus was enough. But “Mature ministry flows from a mature character, formed in the graduate school of life…a leader whose ministry skills outstrip his character formation will eventually falter. A mature successful ministry flows from one who has both ministry skills and character that has been mellowed, developed, and ripened by God’s maturity processing. Character formation is fundamental. Ministry flows out of being” (Clinton, The Making of A Leader). Psalm 119:71; II Cor. 1:3-4.