Instructions for a Spiritual Leaders: 

1 PETER: 5 I appeal to your spiritual leaders.  I make this appeal as a spiritual leader who also witnessed Christ’s sufferings and will share in the glory that will be revealed.  Be shepherds over the flock GOD has entrusted to you.  Watch over it as GOD does: Don’t do this because you have to, but because you want to.  Don’t do it out of greed, but out of a desire to serve.  Don’t be rulers over the people entrusted to you, but be example for the flock to follow.  Then when the chief shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away. 

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2013 Wagner vs. Monmouth 23-6 (L) 

At this point in the season, we are on a 3 game losing streak and were clearly out of the league championship race.  I was very concerned that our team was defeated emotionally.  This game was a natural rival, both schools are a total distance of 40 miles from each other.  As well as the geographical difference between New York and New Jersey.   Nonetheless, I presented this verse from 1 Peter 5 (Above) in hopes to share with them what it means to lead with a purpose.  I’ve always stressed to the players; “it’s not what the other team does, it’s what we do.”  I wanted the players to play to the best of their ability, and allow them to evaluate their success based on their own ability.  In order to do that, you CAN NOT play based on the result. Don’t misunderstand me, results help us measure success. However, it’s not the only way to measure success; therefore, I introduced an Effort & Passion measurement. Getting them to play with Effort & Passion came with me helping them identify and understanding their purpose. Our purpose is not just to win, but to play with a high level Effort & Passion.  If they play with a high level of Effort & Passion the win will take care of itself.

In a 3 game slump with our championship hopes gone, I needed something to exemplify the mantra, .  In 1 Peter, he is explaining how to lead through Christ, and to do things from your heart.  Don’t do it out of greed, but out of a desire to serve. Don’t be rulers over the people entrusted to you, but be example for the flock to follow. Though we lost to Monmouth,  the message and experience was more important then the Win. Once you find Christ, you’ll find passion.

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