Inheriting the Earth

The 7 Phases of Leadership


Now when Jesus saw the crowds,

he went up on a mountainside and sat down.

His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.

Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
    for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
    for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
    for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God...

Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven.

Matthew 5:1-9, 12a (NIV)  

Jesus Speaking

Judea, Samaria, the fartherst parts of the earth.

All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, 

baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 

and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.

And surely I am with you always. 

Matthew 28:18-20 NIV

Father God, lead me to 12 churches

in and around Nashville that you want me to serve,

each in a different city!

I ask that prayers be lifted up on behalf of each of these churches as well as the cities and counties they represent.

Davidson County



Nashville - The Belonging Co

Ruthford County



Sumner County


Gallatin - Rennovation Church

Williamson County



Thompson Station/Spring Hill

Wilson County

Mt. Juliet


The 7 Phases of Leadership



Moses and the Promised Land

Jesus and the Kingdom of God

1. Prepartion Phase: Bondage

Bondage to 'the Flesh.'

Moses was a son of Pharoah. Murdered and Egyptian.

Even Jesus had a preparation phase. Although He was God and perfect, His phase lasted 30 years.

Goal of this Phase: 

2. Inoculation Phase: Wilderness

Moses spent 40 years in the wilderness with sheep during this phase.


Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness.



Goal of this Phase: Become impervious to both evil and temptation. Consistently choose good, light, and love.

3. Graduation Phase: Overcoming


Conquered your greatest fears/giants.




Goal: Overcome all Your Fears/Consistently walking in the power of the Holy Spirit

Learning to consistently obey God's voice.


4. Implementaion/Initiation Phase: Launching


Joshua takes the Promised Land

Jesus begins public ministry

5. Integration/Infiltration Phase: Expansion


Joshua and ?

Jesus sends out the 12.

Taking the enemies camp.

6. Mobilization:

Joshua and ?

The Disciples and the Apostle Paul


Missionary type of work....reaching other cities, territories and eventually countries.

7. Magnification: Primary Focus - God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.

Inheriting the Earth: Reaching the Nations

Learning to hear and follow God's voice through the Holy Spirit.



Teaching for Church Leadership by David River