- Someone placed in a position of authority who should be listened to or there is some consequence. (A boss at work, an army officer)
- Someone who is taking the lead in some project or activity which is observed by others who can learn from them and follow their example. (team captain)
Which type of leadership do you think of when you consider church leaders in 'evangelical churches'?
"Jesus called them together and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—" (Matthew 20:25-28 NIV)Leaders in Christ's body are the ones who behave like servants.
"But you are not to be called 'Rabbi,' for you have only one Master and you are all brothers. And do not call anyone on earth 'father,' for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. Nor are you to be called 'teacher,' for you have one Teacher, the Christ. The greatest among you will be your servant. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted." (Matt 23:8-12 NIV)
We should follow the example of those who serve.
Have we formed our leadership model from the words of Jesus, or have we inherited it from some other tradition with slight modifications?