As a response to my previous post on “Leadership as a disservice”, I thought I would try to make my thoughts a bit more clear today. Everyone wants to be a leader, or at least think they are capable of it, right? Some even are blessed with the role of being a leader (over ministries, organizations, etc.) but haven’t taken the time to even think of what it requires before jumping into it. While at a few conferences this month and studying other ministries, it just seems to me that there are so many leaders out there that think they’re above and beyond being considered “one of us”.
A group of us were studying John 21:15-17 online the other night, while trying to understand how we can serve others better ourselves. If you read it closely, you’ll see that Simon thought Jesus knew that he loved him. He had been doing all of the leading he thought was required of him. While he thought he was leading people, Jesus made it clear that a love for Him consists of feeding his sheep. Feeding sheep seems like it suggests much more than just guiding them.
Seems like so many leaders jump ahead of the flock that they’re leading. They see Jesus giving them responsibility as a shepherd, and forgetting that they’re really just another sheep in the flock that might be able to help the others. Jesus is the only shepherd worth following. You might call this ridiculous, or suggest that I don’t respect authority. When I look for a leader, I look for someone that’s willing to stoop down a little bit. Maybe even give up some of their “prominent opportunities” and take on a role of service like their flock every now and then. Should a true leader continue to practice acts of service even while leading? Is it a disservice to lead without showing you are just as willing to follow? Do we spend too much time finding someone to pattern our life after, when Jesus is sufficient?