Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Leading People

In seminary many of us clergy learned that there are several models of leadership. A few we heard were, "prophet, priest, shepherd". There are hundreds if not thousands of variations on these three. And many believe in what is called the priesthood of all believers, which means that clergy and laity(non-clergy, basically, everyone else) should be engaged in ministry. My call to ministry was a gradual one with several key defining moments that have shaped my life. Those have included moments in prayer, on mission trips, preaching in worship, of course being at camp, studying the Bible and many others. To lead means you have a direction to go and that others might follow. Jesus led a small group (12) men into a new reality. That new reality was the Body of Christ, the church. Leadership is never easy. If someone says it's easy to lead, either they are not telling the truth or they are not leading. Sometimes leadership is pulling, pushing, prodding, and other times it is calling, beckoning and asking. Whatever type of leadership model you employ is up to you. Whether it's the church or somewhere else, many of us are thrust into roles of leadership and honestly, most of us are not prepared or ready for the responsibility. But, when you are given the responsibility to lead remember do not take your opportunity for granted. Thank God every day for your blessings and remember to follow Him humbly. It is a wonderful day no matter where you are because God is with you. Go in peace and go with God.

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