“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?


  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.

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