• Nige Burr

Leaders - Focus on Christ for the Sake of the People. #11

Updated: Aug 6, 2020

“If you think you’re leading and no one is following you, then you’re only taking a walk.” John Maxwell from his book 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader. It’s easy to believe we are leaders. Not so easy to own our mistakes and misconceptions. To be leaders in a church, a priority is to be a person of courage. Here’s advice for us leaders, “Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.” (Acts 20.28 NIV) Naïvely thinking this job is a pushover, onlookers can see it as a doddle. Look closer at the scripture you just read.

Soldiers attack the enemy with weapons designed to kill. A friend, a veteran of the Afghan War carried over £100,000 of equipment across the country, combating the enemy, protecting the innocent, leading and defending his platoon. He knew what he’d signed up for. He knew it to be life or death. He carried no illusions or pretence.

Soldiers and shepherds; there’s a comparison. Shepherds had to fight off lions, wolves and bears depending on their region; being accountable for every sheep; using personal skills and training to defend themselves and their animals. It was not about bravado; boasting the latest ninja skills with high kicks in their long robes, it was alert courage that saved the day. It’s what happens when audacity and banter of a team pulling together, follow the one who is leading the way.

History’s great church leaders looked after their people and themselves. To be great first appreciate Christ’s death for you. Second, realise its privilege. Third, you’re in the army now, strengthen your backbone and teach to bring hope, preach to give confidence, and speak to share love. Looking to Jesus as Life Lasts from there.

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