The Legend of El Cid

El Cid Statue – Burgos, Spain

Leadership Thought of the Day:

I heard a fascintating story about this man (El Cid) in the statue whilst visiting one of our Harvest Alliance Global church in Spain. As the legend goes ‘El Cid’ died in battle, but in order to rally the troops, his second in commands put his corpse in his armour and fastened him on his horse to give the appearance that their ‘hero’ was still leading the charge. They then paraded him around in order to get the troops to follow *them* into battle. It was as though they lacked confidence in their own leadership or perhaps they overemphasised ‘the man’ above the movement?

It seems that there is a fine balance between honouring previous generations for their accomplishments and finding the courage to lead and serve the purposes of God in our own generation. Elisha the prophet cried out in his uncertainty:”“Where now is the LORD, the God of Elijah?” (2 Kings 2:14) yet the Lord said to Joshua: ““Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready…” (Joshua 1:2).

Jesus Christ, clearly was VERY intentional about teaching, equipping and releasing new generations of leaders. He took what many today would call BIG risks on (in worldly terms) unknowns and outsiders. And yet, 2000 years later here we are with 1 in 3 people on the planet following Jesus…

A great divine reset has come upon the Western church in the last 3 years. The cult of celebrity and the idols of success are being toppled. We are coming back to a sustainable authentic expression of Christianity. Part of that shift is a move away from priests in a temple (or conference centre) to missionaries in the highways and byways. ‘Attractional church’ that feeds consumerism is giving way to growth by evangelism on the margins. Jesus is on the move in our communities – we should go and meet him there.


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