Leadership Summit 2010 | T.D. Jakes – Combustible Passion

Posted on August 5, 2010


“The challenge of the believer is to take the faith that you got in here and take It to the place out there.”


Church leadership is unique. People don’t come to follow you. They come to follow Jesus. And they come to follow Him, and then they get stuck with you. It’s a real step down from Jesus to you.

What is the association between who I pray to and who I’m submitted under? It is your assignment to ensure that they don’t hear a different sound from whom they pray to. Your leadership must come from a divine and sacred place. We cannot be clones when it comes to passion.

People will get tired of following a cheap copy of a great original. You can’t teach this. It has to come from an inner place. You can’t be a “me too” leader.

Leadership is always transition. It’s amazing the leaders today who think that success is just maintaining.

Samuel’s job is to make sure that the lamp does not go out. Your job as a leader is to make sure the lamp, the light in the people doesn’t go out.

You must challenge them according to what they can do. I don’t mind being stretched, I just don’t want to be ripped apart. That means we need to dwell with them according to knowledge.

Passion is not emotionalism. Passion is the fuel that makes the engine go.

I’ve seen two different kinds of leaders: builders and bankers. “Builders” give little to nothing to work with. They will build the fire out of nothin’. They’ll take a match and turn it into an inferno. They’re better at building than maintaining. “Bankers” stabilize, make it functional, manage it. Builders like builders and bankers like bankers. That’s the problem. You only bring around people who do what you do. They are like you, but they don’t complete you. You need people who complete you, not compete with you.

Don’t make confidants out of people who serve with you. If you have two or three people with whom you can be totally transparent with, you are doing well. Confidants are people that are “for” you.

Constituents are not people who are not people are for you. They are for what you are for. They buy into your cause.

Don’t hold on to people too tightly who are meant to come and go. They’re like what the KJV, “and they came to pass.”

Comrades. They are against what you are against. They’re attracted to the fight. Like Peter, who cuts off ears. You’ve got to keep at least one ear-cutter in the group. If you don’t know how to use them, they’ll end up fighting you. You don’t want to kill the fight, you want to direct them at the target. Don’t put a target on your backside.

How do we manage someone who is passionate beyond what we can understand? A good leader takes the passion on the leader and divides it on the team. If the leader is passionate, the people are passionate. If the leader is loving, the people will be loving. There is a deep connection between you and the people you lead.

Each day is God’s gift to you. what you do with it is your gift to Him.

— VIA —

While expecting a more expressive Jakes’ a co-worker of mine mentioned his willingness to be adaptable to his context; another great character and quality of a leader. The simply profound and profound simplicity in these statements, I find a very helpful handholds to understanding and operating in leadership contexts.