Patty: There is no greater joy for Dan and I, besides spending time with family, than to spend time with emerging leaders. We feel that we come alive when we get the opportunity to invest in the next generations of leaders. What better way to finish our season in the States than to be able to help prepare and equip fifty young men and women to take their next step in their journey toward leadership maturity and fruitfulness. These fifty plus young leaders came from some of the Tikkun America congregations spread out all across the United States. This year’s theme was, “Generational Partnership.” Dan spoke about some personal history as well as about some of our history together as a movement. In doing so he conveyed some of his core values that have become the template for the Tikkun family of ministries.
I spoke on the issues of the heart as all ministry begins with the heart. The most important aspect of a leader’s life is staying intimately connected with God through the Holy Spirit in worship, prayer and reading the Word. We cannot afford to let our daily devotions take a back seat as without it we will not be empowered with love, wisdom and strength to do the work of ministry. Burn out is often the fruit of neglected intimacy with God and a temptation to make ministry a substitute for the identity that only comes when we abide in Yeshua. We have to be on guard against the offenses that arise in our hearts due to circumstances, relationships, entitlement, wounded pride, etc. If we learn to abide in His presence than it is possible to be joyful even after being in the ministry for 45 years!
Moses teaches the younger generation of Israelites the importance of learning from the older generation: “Remember the days of old; consider the years of many generations; ask your father, and he will show you, your elders, and they will tell you” (Deuteronomy 32:7). The Psalmist speaks to the older generation about the importance of conveying the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power and the wonders he has done to the next generation and they in turn to their descendants (Psalm 78:2-8). Paul then tells Timothy to put it into practice: “What you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2 Timothy 2:2). Through intergenerational impartation we can strengthen the possibility of our children staying loyal to God and for them putting their trust in His goodness.