Copy of his 9/25/09 Leadership Statement, addressed to Glory of God Christian Fellowship, Raleigh NC.
“I, Leonard O Goenaga, take the following approach to my leadership position as Youth Pastor: I am first and foremost a servant. True leadership is performed in the act of humbled servitude. My model for leadership is my Lord and Shepherd, Jesus Christ:
- “So he got up from supper, laid aside his robe, took a towel, and tied it around Himself. Next, He poured water into a basin and began to wash His disciples’ feet and to dry them with the towel tied around Him. He came to Simon Peter, who asked Him, ‘Lord, are You going to wash my feet?’ Jesus answered him, ‘What I’m doing you don’t understand now, but afterwards you will know,’” (John 13:4-7)
- “When Jesus had washed their feet and put on His robe, he reclined again and said to them, ‘Do you know what I have done for you? You call Me Teacher and Lord. This is well said, for I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example that you also should do just as I have done for you. I assure you: A slave is not greater than his master, and a messenger is not greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.’” (John 13:12-17)
- “This is My command: love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, that someone would lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15: 12-13)
I, Leonard O Goenaga, pledge my responsibility to serve and to love in this Servant-Shepherd manner, to the following individuals:
- My Lord, Jesus Christ.
- The Body of Believers (The Church) & It’s Leadership
- The Parents of My Youth.
- My Sheep, the Youth.
I, Leonard O Goenaga, make several assumptions that ground this philosophy of leadership. For one, I believe that teenagers are not to be treated as children. The millennial youth seek to foster forth their own identities, and I believe there to be no better forge then to maturely challenge and disciple them by walking with Jesus. I am not here to baby, but to shepherd and disciple. I believe teenagers have the capability to move tremendous mountains when fully engaged, and my entire ministry managerial model focuses on bringing forth this potential via the enabling powers of the Holy Spirit.
I, Leonard O Goenaga, seek to disciple the GGCF Youth into mature men and women. I seek to disciple them into Servant Leaders, using my own example and effort to point purely to my own Servant Leader, Jesus. The goal then, is to use my servant leadership, to propagate servant leadership within the youth, to then enable them to serve and propagate many more servant leaders within their circles of influence, all under the Lordship of Jesus.
This is the model set force in the Great Commission. The model where Jesus showed us how to lead, freed us to lead and love in such a manner, and commissioned us to disciple such servant-leaders within the world, all under the Leadership of Christ. I wish to constantly point to Jesus.”