Global Leadership Summit :: Oscar Muriu – Raise Up Leaders

oscar muriu

Under his leadership, Nairobi Chapel has grown from a 40 person local church to a network of 30 churches with more than 14,000 weekly worshippers
Following a passionate conviction to raise up and develop a legacy of leaders, Nairobi Chapel has trained more than 500 interns
His vision is to see the African church rise up to its place and calling in the Global Church
A thriving missions-focused congregation, Nairobi Chapel operates an HIV/AIDS ministry and has a vision to plant 300 churches in Africa and worldwide


Raising Up Leaders

  • Our church was growing, but I realized that I didn’t have capacity to keep going.
  • I asked the Lord, where do I find leaders?
  • God put 5 convictions on my heart about leadership development:
  • Matthew 9:37-38: The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Pray therefore that the Lord would send out laborers into the harvest field.
  • The size of your harvest depends on how many leaders you have.
  • The problem is not the harvest, but the problem is the harvesters. There are not enough.
  • The more harvesters we commission, the greater the harvest will be.
  • The fewer the harvesters, the smaller your harvest will be.
  • Jesus’ strategy was to first find his leaders, his disciples, and to invest himself into their lives. To walk with them.
  • He didn’t throw himself into the work first. He found his leaders first.
  • Today, you and I are the result of Jesus’ strategy.
  • If you don’t have leaders around you, then the reach of your leadership will be limited to your personal capacity.
  • One of the signs of great leadership, is not the impact you have during your lifetime. It’s about how many leaders you raised up, and can continue the work after you have left.
  • How many of these young leaders are you growing?
  • Psalms: Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, until I declare your power to the next generation.
  • There’s a problem when you live for your own generation. You’re born into your own generation, and will live life in your generation. Everything in your generation happens at the same time.
  • When you live for your own generation, you grow up, and die with your own generation, and your vision will die with your generation.
  • The only way your vision will live beyond you, is when you invest it and instill it in those who will be there when you’re gone.
  • Don’t live just for your generation. Live for the next generation.
  • As a young leader, I made the decision to surround myself with younger leaders and pour into them.
  • This year we have 40 full-time interns for one year of training and mentoring.
  • The idea is to have a leadership engine that grows on from year to year.
  • Every leader on staff has to surround themselves with at least 5 younger leaders that they are pouring into.
  • Numbers 11:10-17: Moses heard the people of every family wailing. They wanted meat, not manna. 
  • What caught my attention was not Moses’ griping, but what God said to Moses, “You’re working too hard. Pick 70 of your best leaders and I will pour my spirit on them.”
  • I will take your love for me, and I will place it on your best leaders, so they have the same love for me.
  • Some of your best leaders are right under your nose. But they’re so close to you that you can’t see them.
  • I started seeing God’s leaders one-by-one.
  • Identify the budding leaders around you and take them to the Lord in prayer.
  • Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and your soul, and your mind, and your strength. And love your neighbor as yourself.
  • Instill the five loves into your budding leaders. Heart, soul, mind, strength, and your neighbor.
  • Loving the Lord with all your heart is a matter of character.
  • Loving the Lord with all your soul is a matter of conviction.
  • Loving the Lord with all your mind is a matter of comprehension
  • Loving the Lord with all your strength is a matter of competence
  • Loving your neighbor as yourself is a matter of compassion.
  • Jesus’ secret of leading the twelve disciples was the time he spent with them.
  • Never do ministry alone. Always have budding leaders around you.
  • To be alone in ministry is to waste an opportunity to mentor a young leader.
  • If you have a spare bedroom, let a young leader live with you for a year.
  • I didn’t come all the way from Kenya to Chicago alone. I came with some friends, because we should never minister alone.
  • The more harvesters you have, the larger your harvest will be.

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