Course: Pursuing Your Mission from God

Pursuing Your Mission from God

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About this Course

In the secular world, we place a tremendous burden on our leaders. It should come as no surprise, then, that as leaders, we are tempted to think we are the ones who have to “do it all.” Moses started out thinking that way. But then, as the people grumble more and more, he cried out to God and said: “I can’t carry all these people by myself! The load is far too heavy!” (Numbers 11:14, New Living Translation). As Moses came to recognize the need to build teams of trusted advisers, and prepare his successor, Joshua, to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land, God taught him an important lesson. That lesson is at the heart of this course, and it is this:

  • If you follow this advice, and if God commands you to do so, then you will be able to endure the pressures, and all these people will go home in peace. (Exodus 18:23, New Living Translation)

Pursuing Your Mission from God: Leading Your Ministry Into the Promised Land, applies ten lessons of Godly leadership from the life of Moses to help you disciple and train your ministry team. My course, Think Like Jesus, Lead Like Moses, is designed for you to take by yourself; to examine your own leadership style, and help you become the leader God wants you to be. This course is well suited to be used in group study, allowing you and your ministry team to take a “deep dive” into discerning how to develop leaders within your ministry and equip them to do the work God has entrusted to you. Therefore, to get the most out of this course, I encourage you to have members of your church/ministry team take this course together.

Along with the course video lessons, you’ll find downloadable workbooks that are to be used with each course session. Additionally, I’ve provided worksheet templates you can use as organization planning tools. Please feel free to download, print them, and/or modify them as you see fit.

Who is the target audience?

  • Whether you are a pastor, paid staff person, missionary, or just someone called by God to volunteer in ministry, this course is a call to get out of the way, to get humble and to turn the world upside down as we learn to compete less and cooperate more. If you’ve been looking for a way to help organize people to be of one mind and spirit in your ministry, discipline others so you can get out of the way and let God go to work through them, this course is for you
Basic knowledge
  • Having a note pad, an open mind, and an open Bible would come in handy as you take this course! I encourage you to invite others who are involved in your ministry to take the course with you, so that you might share ideas and encourage one another.
What you will learn
  • Identify your mission from God for you and your ministry
  • Understand and apply the principle of cooperative effort in building a ministry team
  • Learn how to train the volunteers God has called to build your ministry
  • Nurture a commitment among your volunteers and coworkers to lead the ministry into the “Promised Land” now, and in the future
  • Identify the steps in Going to the Other Side of the Hill
Number of Lectures: 36
Total Duration: 02:56:11
Course Introduction
  • Introduction to Pursuing Your Mission from God  

    In this video, David Lantz welcomes you to his course, Pursuing Your Mission from God. In this introduction, you'll learn more about how the course is organized, how it came about, as well as who David is and why you will want to take this course.

  • Course Syllabus  

    Please be sure to download the PDF syllabus file for the course to learn more how this course is organized.

The Cost of Discipleship
  • Introduction to The Cost of Discipleship  

    In this session, we’ll explore the process God uses to remove our SELF confidence and replace it with GOD confidence. Be sure to download The Cost of Discipleship Workbook to use as you review the lessons in this Section.

  • Breaking and Remolding Lumps of Clay  

    In this lesson, you’ll learn that to effectively lead others, you must allow God to transform your view of yourself. You will see how God transformed Moses’ view of himself – and how Godly leaders must go through a similar transformation if they want to think like Jesus and lead like Moses.

  • Leadership Principle #1  

    In this lesson, David introduces the first of the ten principles of Godly leadership: Gain Courage by Trusting the Lord. In this lesson, he reviews how Moses learned to give up on trusting in his own power, and to instead trust in God's power.

  • Understanding Your Mission from God  

    In this lesson, you will learn the importance of truly understanding your organization's “mission from God.” You will see how Moses concept of his God – given mission changed as he came to realize that he could not rely on his own strength and abilities to do what God was asking him to do.

  • Leadership Principle #2  

    In this lesson, David shares second of ten principles of Godly leadership: Understand God's Plan for Your Life, and be Committed to its Execution. He reviews how Moses learned this lesson by confronting Pharaoh to demand that he let the Israelites go.

  • Cooperate More, Compete Less  

    In this lesson, we’ll show you that the culture you live in shapes your own personal values and priorities. For the Godly leader to be successful in “doing ministry,” one must learn the importance of cooperating more and competing less. This can be especially more difficult for American Christians than for those who have grown up in other, less individualistic cultures.

  • Leadership Principle #3  

    In this lesson, David reviews the third principle of Godly leadership: Attract Lieutenants in Whom You can Place Your Trust, and Then Trust Them to Accomplish the Vision. You'll see how Moses dealt with the tension between bestowing your authority on others to enable them to do the work, vs. the temptation to “hoard” your power.

  • The Cost of Discipleship: A Recap  

    In this lesson, we’ll summarize the key points of this session. You’ll learn that to build community and create teams, you will need to exchange the belief that “I have to do it” for the belief that “God, working through us, will help us do this together.”

Building Community and Creating Teams
  • Introduction to Building Community and Creating Teams  

    In this section, you'll learn that Christian leadership should be focused on building community and creating teams to accomplish the Kingdom Vision God has given us for our ministry. Be sure to download the Building Community and Creating Teams workbook to use as you review the lessons in this Section.

  • We're on a Mission from God, Not Our EGOs  

    In this Lesson, you’ll learn that the quickest road to failure in your ministry is to put yourself first. You’ll see that ministry is all about the sheep, not the shepherd.

  • Leadership Principle #4  

    In this lesson, David looks at the fourth principle of Godly leadership: Champion Your Followers, Even at Your Own Expense. You'll learn how Moses praised his people, and sacrificed for their good.

  • Facing Your Crisis of Confidence  

    In this lesson, you’ll learn how a crisis of confidence can threaten the very existence of a ministry. We’ll examine how Moses faced his Crisis of Confidence, and consider how your ministry can do the same.

  • Leadership Principle 5  

    In the fifth principle of Godly leadership: Share Authority Through Delegation in Order to Ensure the Success of Your People, David examines how Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro, encourages him to delegate the work he’s doing.

  • Building a Cohesive Community  

    Creating by-in to the ministry’s Kingdom Vision can be challenging and lead to division within your ministry. In this lesson, you will learn about the barriers to building effective community, and about the importance of delegating and training your people to do the work as you encourage them to take on increasing responsibilities.

  • Having a Vision for Going to the Other Side of the Hill  

    In this lesson, you will learn the importance of not only having a vision for your ministry, but of communicating it to your people on a regular basis. You’ll discover there are four steps in creating a vision for going to “the other side of the hill.” Finally, you’ll be challenged to critically examine and define your ministry’s goals and objectives.

  • Building Community and Creating Teams Recap  

    In this lesson, we’ll summarize the key points of this session. You’ll learn that an important cost of discipleship is to exchange the belief that “I have to do it” for the belief that “God, working through us, will help us do this together.”

Training Up Leaders God's Way
  • Introduction to Training Up Leaders God's Way Session  

    In this session, we’ll see how the Godly leader must understand and apply the principle of cooperative effort. Be sure to download the Training Up Leaders Workbook to use as you review the lessons in this Section.

  • Leadership Principle #7  

    The seventh principle of Godly leadership is:Resist the Desire to Justify Yourself, Allowing God the Opportunity to Defend You. In this lesson, David looks at how Moses had to work with people who were critical of his leadership, while exploring how God and others defended Moses from their attacks.

  • God Has Called the Volunteers: Facilitate Their Call  

    In this lesson, you will learn that when you build your ministry team, God has already called the workers/volunteers. Your job is to facilitate their call

  • Leadership Principle 6  

    The sixth principle of Godly leadership is: Affirm Your Followers' Self-Worth, and Remind Them that God Cherishes Them. In this lesson, David explores how Moses edified others around him, praising them for their contribution to the efforts of the Children of Israel.

  • Edifying Your Leadership Team  

    In this lesson, you will learn the importance of building up and edifying your fellow ministry coworkers. As the saying goes, there is no “I” in “team.” When you have completed this lesson, you will understand the importance of edifying your team in public so as to affirm them as individuals, while edifying them in private so as to restore broken relationships.

  • Leadership Principle 8  

    In the eighth principle of Godly leadership:Invite the Holy Spirit to Flow Through You, so That He Might Choose and Disciple Others with a Heart for the Vision God has Given You, the eighth principle, David considers how Moses invested himself in his protégé, Joshua.

  • Preparing Your Team for a Transition in Leadership  

    In this lesson, we’ll learn that we are called to build the Lord’s ministry, not to cultivate a cult of personality. You’ll see the importance of identifying and mentoring your replacement, just as Moses did.

  • Training Up Leaders - a Recap  

    Jesus called people to “Come, Follow Me.” He showed them how to do as He did, He coached them in how to do it, and He turned them lose and said “go do as I did.” In this lesson, we recap the lessons from this session, noting that we must follow the direction of the Holy Spirit to choose and disciple others with a heart for the vision God has given us for ministry.

Building a Vehicle to Go to The Other Side of the Hill
  • Introduction to Building a Vehicle to Go to the Other Side of the Hill  

    In this 5th session, we’ll look at getting people in the right place, making sure we have the tools needed in building our vehicle, and mapping out our journey to the other side of the hill. Be sure to download the Going to the Other side of the Hill Workbook to use as you review the lessons in this Section.

  • Leadership Principle 9  

    In this lesson, David looks at the ninth principle of Godly leadership: Acknowledge the Temptation to Let Success Go to Your Head – and Ask Your Advisors to Hold You Accountable. You’ll learn how Moses succumbed to the temptation of allowing fame and success to go to his head, and how God dealt with him.

  • Getting the Right People in the Right Place  

    All ministries have certain subgroups. Who are the people currently a part of your ministry who lead, work as staff, and volunteer? Who could participate more, but don’t? What sorts of gifts/talents are needed to make the ministry and its sub-ministries run smoothly? These questions, and how to answer them, are the subject of this lesson.

  • Some Tools We'll Need to Build Our Vehicle  

    Once you identify your ministry workers, how might we bring them together and work cooperatively in the “vehicle” we’re building to take us to the other side of the hill? We’ll need several tools that help us communicate more effectively. This lesson describes some tools you can use to effectively build your vehicle.

  • Mapping Your Journey to the Other Side of the Hill  

    As Moses looked out onto the Promised Land, he knew he’d never get to go there. He had to send the Israelites on their way without him. Therefore, the roadmap he was laying out before them would need to be good enough for his people to follow without him, as well as those yet unborn. How do you plan to create a roadmap for your ministry to follow? We’ll discuss that question in this lesson.

  • Leadership Lesson 10  

    In this lesson, David looks at the tenth principle of Godly leadership: Live a Life of Genuineness, Demonstrating a True Sense of Empathy and Understanding for Your Followers, Inspiring Them to Act Courageously as They Pursue a Vision to Enter the Promised Land. In this tenth and final principle, David examines how Moses led a life of genuineness.

  • Building a Vehicle - Recap  

    Perhaps God has given you a vision for what is on the other side of the hill. Can you explain it to other people? Can you describe how those you lead will get to the other side of the hill? Can you build a vehicle that everyone can climb aboard and go on the journey with you? Let’s recap what we’ve learned in this session.

Next Steps
  • Last Thoughts and Course Conclusion  

    In this concluding lesson, David provides information on how to contact him, and shares his own personal "Mission from God" and how you might join him in "Training Spiritual Warriors for Christ."

  • Additional Resources  

    In this document, you'll find links to other resources I talk about in the Next Steps lesson, including a discount code to take my course, How to Teach Online. Additionally, be sure to download the free e-book, Discovering Truth at the Movies: If We Listen, We Can Hear God's Plan.

  • Survey Results of Live Face to Face Workshop  

    My Course, Pursuing Your Mission from God, was actually developed from a live workshop version of the course. From time to time, churches have me come to do a Friday evening talk and Saturday morning workshop.

    In the summer of 2014, I had the pleasure of doing this at the Edgewood United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Pastor Jim Allen was kind enough to present the attendees with a survey which I have finally gotten around to compiling and creating a report for. You can access it through this lesson. If you'd like to share it with those who have not taken this course, you can download it at


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