Are you a leader?

Are you a leader?

I may not even know you but I know the answer is YES.

We all know CEOs of large corporations are leaders.  And pastors of churches with multiple staff members.  And politicians.  But everyone of us leads in some way and to some degree.

If you’re a parent – you lead your kids.

If you’re a friend – you lead your mates in some ways.

If you’re a 11 year old like my son – you lead the 5 and 6 year old boys at church.

If you’re an employee – you lead by example with your fellow co-workers.

The question is not, “Are you a leader?” but “What kind of leader are you?

The Apostle Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 2:24:  “Not that we lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, for you stand firm in your faith.

There is no doubt that Paul was a leader in every sense of the word.  But his leadership was not one of domineering over those under him.  He worked for the joy of others that their faith would be build up.  Hard decisions have to be made.  Constructive criticism is sometimes necessary.  But Paul always had the end goal in mind – helping a person become the man or woman God meant for them to be.

One of the best books I’ve found of  leadership has been “The Heart of a Servant Leader” by Jack Miller.  It is a book of letters written by a humble leader to fellow leaders serving around the world.

Think about your areas of leadership.  Think about those close to you day to day. You are a leader.  Are you working for their joy?  Are you working for their faith?

What kind of leader are you?

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Chris Hatch

Seeking to love God and neighbor