“The authority by which the Christian leader leads is not power but love, not force but example, not coercion but reasoned persuasion. Leaders have power, but power is safe only in the hands of those who humble themselves to serve.”
— John Stott, Anglican cleric
Our culture is obsessed with self-acclaimed power by which to prove how valuable we are consequently, creating a “you need me” perception. This kind of self-acclaimed leader only speaks of their abilities and talks about what they can do. Christian leadership, on the other hand, lifts up Christ as the greatest leader. It is lived out as an example, demonstrating how every gift and ability is embedded in the power of the resurrected Christ. The expression coming from this kind of Christian leadership is genuine love experienced in service toward others.
But what if I’m not called to be a leader?
In truth, though, all people have innate leadership capacity—leadership is not always personified by directing large group of people. As believers, we are all called to share our lives and testimonies with others, leading them toward salvation or renewal. That IS leadership.
Scriptural basis: Exodus 18:21, Psalm 78:72, Proverbs 29:2, Matthew 20:26, Luke 22:26, John 3:30, Romans 12:3-8, Hebrews 13:17, 2 Timothy 2:15