Christian leadership development is a hot topic these days. Let’s start off by trying to properly and biblically define “leadership”:
A leader is a person who helps facilitate the progress and purpose of another.
Jesus was the greatest leader in history. He did not promote Himself or His agenda—He promoted the Father’s. Jesus gained nothing in his time on earth by dying on the cross—His only purpose was to glorify His father and shed His blood that men might be saved from eternal damnation.
The words “servant leadership” are thrown about a lot these days. Unfortunately some Christian leaders use this term to lead others to think they are serving those they lead, when in reality they are self-serving, striving for greater profitability for the corporation or church, as if we are business owners rather than shepherds leading a flock.
TRUE CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP IS NEVER SELF-SERVING—IT SEEKS TO ONLY SERVE GOD AND THOSE WE LEAD.
The late Peter Drucker, renowned Business Consultant, met with a small group of pastors in the 1990s and convinced them that or the church to thrive it would need to adopt more of a “business model” that would increase numbers and donations. Many believe this has spawned the tremendous growth in “mega-churches’ we see through America these days.
More and more Christian Leadership Conferences feature speakers that, while successful business executives, are either unbelievers or professing Christians with very distorted views on the Bible and Christianity. This begs the question: Should we seek leaders and principles outside of the Bible in developing leaders within the Christian Church?
Jesus Christ is the perfect example of a leader. He never facilitated His own purpose or desires, solely doing the will of His Father. He washed the feet of His disciples to show them that He “came to serve, not be served”. We believe the Bible, specifically the life of Jesus Christ, is sufficient to use in developing Christian leaders in church, families and the workplace.