It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur.
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit. A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves. If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever. Enlightened leadership is spiritual if we understand spirituality not as some kind of religious dogma or ideology but as the domain of awareness where we experience values like truth, goodness, beauty, love and compassion, and also intuition, creativity, insight and focused attention. Leadership is a term that carries various meanings, intonations and nuances depending on the setting. Many high school students are under daily reminders that their grade point averages and SAT scores will directly affect college admission status.
In my role, lots of things cross my desk, including an occasional, seemingly random, solicitation from a church looking for a new pastor.
It may be a surprise to some that God has actually given to us the qualifications for the ministry leader.


Tragically, I think sometimes non-Christians might get this principle better than the church.
We expect our auto mechanic to be thoroughly trained in modern diagnostic and repair techniques, equipped with the tools necessary to do the project effectively.
The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. In business, leadership can often reference the structure of authority, points of accountability, management styles, and supervisory roles. And one’s university degree can diametrically correlate to receiving the intended employment offer. As I peruse these types of letters, I am often shocked at the qualifications being sought in a minister. We insist that our doctors be skilled in recent medical advancements, innovations and methods. The military has a leadership hierarchy that is constructed of a very strict chain of command. Sometimes they are seeking a “Superman”: an unrealistic epitome of Jesus incarnate, the sort that doesn’t really exist anywhere this side of heaven. Attributes such as having a reputation of good behavior, and clear thinking, being blameless, and temperate, hospitable and gentle, not covetous for stuff, nor greedy for money, not quarrelsome, nor violent, nor a drunkard, are listed alongside being committed to one’s wife and raising children well before God. And yet, our criteria for leadership in what we claim to be the most important aspect of our humanity, impacting eternity, our relationship with our creator, is often misguided.


Political leadership administers its influence balancing one’s own aspirations with the desires of a constituency. And one’s thinking on what qualifies someone for leadership in ministry can easily be influenced by this type of understanding, derived from secular experiences.
But just as often, it seems that a corporate manager theologian is desired, a CEO type that can communicate publicly, pontificate spiritually, demonstrate credentials academically, and work real cheap. We are further warned not to put a new Christian into this role, despite one’s resume in earthly success.
Instead of looking to standards established for non-spiritual purposes that may be useful at work, let’s examine the Scriptures for our ideas.
But Jesus came to bring the Kingdom of Heaven to Earth, which operates by a whole different set of rules. The central message is that qualifications for “spiritual” leadership in the Kingdom of God require “spiritual” characteristics.
And worship service becomes neither concert nor comedy club, but authentic connection with the Holy Spirit of God, as the promise of Jesus Christ is upheld in joining at the gathering of his people.



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