Podcast Liner Notes
As you consider the most popular role-models for Christian leadership, ask yourself this question, what exactly is uniquely “Christ-like” in how they lead? Do they lead like Christ, or do they lead like the World and only talk about Christ?
Here are the 5 Keys to Deconstructing Christian Leadership.
1. You Can’t Lead Yourself
Self-leadership is the ultimate narcissism. Its like saying, if you want to be a great husband, be a good husband to yourself. OR If you want to be a good parent, practice parenting yourself. It is true that you can manage your actions, but leadership is a relationship—it requires more than one person.
2. You Can’t Lead Without Following
Following is the not the stepping stone to leadership. It is not a hierarchy of the powerful rising above the weak.Christian- Leadership is never the next-step “beyond” following. Followers don’t graduate into leaders, they continue following in one area while learning to lead in another.
3. You Can’t Lead Alone
The New Testament does not know anything of leadership outside the context of teams. Leaders must lead through community. It is true that for some people the word “teams” is just another word for a group of more talented followers, but real team-leadership is about a group of equals sharing the pleasure of service and the burden of authority.
4. You Can’t Lead Forever
Eventually you will die and what will your legacy be as a leader? Some situations demand you follow. Every situation demands that you lead for the next generation. My name will be forgotten, but I live so that the name of Jesus will not!
5. You Can’t Lead to Gain
The Christian leader leads to lose… to sacrifice.. to serve.. to love. The Scripture tells us that Jesus’ disciples argued about who was greatest & Jesus said, “If you want to be first, be the very last, and the servant of all (Mark 9:34-35). Therefore, my mission is to be an average man among an exceptional Church rather than an exceptional man among an average Church.
Next weeks show is about the “The Power of Generational Leadership”