Leadership undoubtedly requires some followers, else a leader doesn’t exist! But what happens once you have followers? Is it simply a case of building your fan base? I don’t think so. I’ve just come back from a meeting at church about leadership and the direction we’re going as a church. Churches need leaders following the leader, that, of course is *Sunday school answer* Jesus. But from Jesus, we learn that leadership is more than getting people to follow you, it’s also about empowering people. I could say a lot on the subject of leadership, but I want to make one point.
Jesus’ leadership style is always about releasing, not restricting.
See Luke 10:19 or John 20:21 for more info.
Of course, when we look at Jesus’ ministry, Jesus didn’t want a big fan base as such. Jesus wanted more than that. He wanted disciples. He withdrew from crowds that merely wanted to be spectators and was more interested in people with a passion for him and the things of God. With those people he invested time in, showed compassion to them, wasn’t afraid to take decisive actions or say what needed to be said. And then after all that (roughly 3 years) he released them and entrusted them with his most prized possession… the Church. He didn’t leave them without help (cue Holy Spirit) but he gave them authority.
Now what does that tell you about leadership?
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.
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