Leading vs. Serving

Steve Williamson has written a provocative article for the Worldview Church Website titled “Is Leadership A Healthy Christian Aim?” Readers of this blog will recognize that the article is a combination and further expansion on similar thoughts Steve has posted on this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

  • ‘Lead’ connotes a superior position rather than a servant posture
  • ‘Lead’ connotes ‘conquest’ rather than ‘submission’
  • ‘Lead’ connotes success as ‘number of followers’ or ‘size of influence’ rather than success as ‘faithfulness’
  • ‘Lead’ focuses on ‘what you have’ (to offer) rather than on ‘Who’ or ‘what’ has you
  • ‘Lead’ connotes ‘be’ or ‘do’ some great thing rather than ‘belong to’ or ‘participate’ in God’s great thing
  • ‘Lead’ lends itself more to an “it’s about me” paradigm than “it’s about you” thinking

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