It used to be that everything that went wrong in DCMC got blamed on me. Oh for those days again. I used to be able to go to God in prayer and correct myself when i was wrong and that solved the issue. But im not the only leader anymore, and im not the face people see when they get told "no". Im not the only one challenging men, making the decisions, and pushing buttons. Im not the only one that God holds responsible for the outcome of men's souls in this club.
There is a whole new generation of leadership, set men, new charters. The guys who have been in leadership a year or two are now the veterans, battle scarred and weary, even when they dont have all the answers. The complaints now arent about a dictatorship, and a cult of James, they are now leveled at other national leadership, regional leadership, state president and set men.
And as we grow, more and more, we will see men who are set in place, but arent ready for the position they achieve, in the absence of more and better leaders in their state or region. In the corporate world, they call that "promoting to the level of your incompetence" or maybe just the last man standing.
Heavy lies the head that wears the crown. Wearing an officers bar looks cool and seems neato, but leadership is tough and calls more from you.
So are you doing your job? If your the Road Captain, are you leading, exhorting, encouraging and learning from all the other road captains? If you are the boss, are you grooming someone for your position and teaching them to deal with the politics and responsibilities? If you are a national, are you having a monthly call with the other state level officers who hold the same office below you?
When you hit leadership, this stops being "fun" and starts being serious. We are held accountable for the souls of men. That means teaching them the spiritual part (Four Legs, Four Questions), the MC protocol part, and then when we hit leadership, that means grooming them as leaders.
That means keeping the spiritual challenges coming. Teaching that being offended isnt a luxury we get as Christian men. Christian maturity means not getting all bent out of shape, not getting offended easily. As a Christian leader we dont have the luxury of holding a dumb grudge over some perceived slight, some small offense.
1 Cor 13:4 Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, 5 does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered,
Matt 6:14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, 15 but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
So as a state, regional or national leader, what are you doing to LEAD? What are you doing to build leadership in yourself, and others? What websites and or books are you reading on leadership? What are you doing to reach across the country and the world to encourage others? Anything less, isnt doing your job.
Pastor James Disciple Johnson
National President and Founder
Disciple Christian Motorcycle Club