Leading By Example

I posted a tweet today which is an accumulation of my thoughts over the last week. God’s been telling me that leading by example isn’t just one way of leading. It’s the ONLY way to lead. Leading by example.

The tweet caused a little conversation – you can add your thoughts too:

But here’s my thoughts on the matter in hand…

We’re all flawed as humans; we all fall short daily, yet we’re called to lead by example. In fact, we’re called as Christians, but especially Christian leaders to be even more than examples. We’re called to be holy. 1 Peter 1 says:

13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

Those words have haunted me and challenged me for a long time – Be holy, because God is holy.

It is a challenge, but it’s what we’re called to. And does God call us to things that we can’t achieve or manage? Of course not!

We’re a priestly people because Christ has made us heirs to his promise. When we’re working in God’s strength, things happen and change – for the better. When we’re honest and open to God, he cleanses us and purifies us. He works within us.

But saying all this, I don’t have all the answers! And at the same time, we’re not always going to lead in a way that sets example or lives up to the call of being Holy. God knows that, and he’s in control. The true example of leadership is Jesus, and if we’re leading in any way that points to him and we’re seeking to be more like our example, then I think we’re doing pretty well, considering…

What do you think about this call? What are your struggles? Have you been affected by church leaders who’ve failed?

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Dean Roberts

Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre. Read More @ http://deanroberts.net/about