“Pastor” defined and refined: Part 5

Apex I’m a firm believer in leadership.  I consider myself a leader.  I think that I’ve got leadership qualities.  I was voted in high school to have the “most leadership.”  And yet, as I’ve said before, I am concerned that I’ve allowed my own ideas about leadership to be too heavily influenced by culture and not enough by God.  (Don’t worry, I won’t remain cynical.  I’ve got a suggested way forward in upcoming posts.)

Leadership is often symbolized by the image of a mountain climber scaling higher and higher.  But what if that’s not right?  What if that’s upside-down, so to speak?  Perhaps leadership is not as individualistic or as achievement focused as that.  I wonder: wouldn’t, actually, a true leader somehow enable many others to reach the top of the mountain also?  Or, I wonder, wouldn’t a true leader chose to move lower, casting a high stature aside in exchange for lowly service?  Do we aim in leadership in the wrong direction?  In other words, what if leadership actually meant descending a mountain?  When did Moses lead the most, when he went up to Sinai or when he came down?  Does Philippians 2:5-11 teach us anything?  Does foot washing have any part in leadership?  Might the practice of love and humility and care and unselfishness be essential to true leadership?

2 Comments

  1. Absolutely Ken! How are you?
    I’ve been thinking about leadership qite a bit recently there’s a lot of big scholarships available based on leadership and community involvement and I filled one out last week. It’s difficult to write an essay on why you are a good leader when you’re not sure that a real leader would write such an essay. And what makes a real leader? We’ll have to see what they think…whoever they are. I’m pretty optimistic…and I’m pretty tired. I just finished a massive Chem lab write-up. It’s 1AM. Goodnight. Sleeptight. I’m pretty sure I will.
    Gareth

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