The Resurgent Leader – Part 1

My wife and I were blessed with a mid-week break at Seapoint in Cape Town. From the window of the flat we were able to watch the beautiful turquoise swells of the Atlantic charge at the rocky coastline with wave after wave after wave – surge – recede – resurge – recede. What a picture!

What a picture of the church! Time and again over the centuries she has charged forward, only to recede and charge again. According to famed historian Kenneth Scott-Latourette each forward surge of the church has been further and stronger.

What a picture of the minister’s life. Now gaining ground then forced to retreat by all manner of backlash … then …

That’s why I love Jesus. He is the comeback king. His wave receded so drastically – all the way to hell. Then came the greatest resurgence ever – THE RESURRECTION!


Romans 1:4 (NLT) and he was shown to be the Son of God when he was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is Jesus Christ our Lord.’

Definition: resurgent – increasing or reviving after a period of little activity, popularity, or occurrence.

Origin: from Latin resurgent- ‘rising again,’ from the verb resurgence, from re- ‘again’ + surge ‘to rise.’



Somehow most of us expect to keep experiencing ‘beginners luck’ in life and ministry. When we are disappointed by failure in some of our first efforts at ministry the impact of that failure can be devastating. Why? Because …


Proverbs 13:12 (ESV)Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life’.


Some people never bounce back from the disappointment of failure because they don’t understand that all of life is created on the principle of resurgence.


Summer represents a major growth surge in nature but after every summer comes winter, when so much seems to die. Then guess what – summer comes again – life resurges.


Genesis 8:22 (NIV) As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.


Thus, in the same way that life and death are built into nature, and the sea advances and retreats, so success and failure are built into the stories of each of our lives.

Be encouraged. You are still, more than a conqueror through Him who loved us.” (Romans 8:37)


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