The first of 7 goals in the 8 month Leadership class for men that I teach each year is that they would all “Faithfully practice the basic disciplines of the Christian life”. In the various books and teachings on this subject up to 31 disciplines have been listed, but I emphasize just 7 in the class. The first is Bible reading, the second is prayer, and the third is “Seeking Wisdom”.
Proverbs 2:2-6 “Make your ear attentive to wisdom, Incline your heart to understanding; For if you cry for discernment, Lift your voice for understanding; If you seek her as silver And search for her as for hidden treasures; Then you will discern the fear of the Lord And discover the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.”
One of the motto’s of the class is “leaders are readers”. Over the years I have collected books that are very good in content for men, and they are “readable”, that is they are written in such a way that they hold your attention. I have about 20 copies of a dozen different titles of books that I loan to the guys to read, the requirement for the class is 25 pages each week, but most of them end up reading more.
Another requirement for the class is listening to one sermon a week “On line” or from a CD on leadership. There are many excellent ones by John Maxwell, Andy Stanley, Bill Hybels, and others. I encourage the guys to listen to good teaching whenever they are doing something like mowing the lawn, working on the house, etc. Another motto of the class is “When you are sitting read, when you are moving listen”.
One other emphasis that I make repeatedly is “seek wisdom from wise people”. Look around and find those people that are successful at what you want to be successful at. Raising godly kids, have a good marriage, doing well financially, in good shape and healthy, or whatever skill or character trait that you want to acquire. Find a person doing well in that area, invite them to lunch or breakfast, have good questions written down, take good notes as they talk, and pay for the meal. Most men don’t ever do that because of their pride, but those who do are following a major Biblical teaching and will be blessed by God and will grow, learn, become successful themselves, and become very usable for God.
Proverbs 3:13-15. How blessed is the man who finds wisdom. And the man who gains understanding. For her profit is better than the profit of silver. And her gain better than fine gold. She is more precious than jewels; And nothing you desire compares with her.