I’m on vacation this week, so I’m posting some stuff that I have ready. We’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programming next week. In the meantime, enjoy…
One thing that Christian leaders can’t allow themselves to get away from is the idea that leadership is all about people. It’s very easy to lose ourselves in the day-to-day running of systems, learning all about processes, and crunching numbers. If we allow it, we’ll lose ourselves in abstract ideas, reports, and figures.
Christian leadership is always focused on the Kingdom and the Church. It doesn’t matter what line of work you may be in, a Christian leader’s focus will be on the advancing of the Kingdom whether it be in a board room of a bank or in the office of a church. If it’s the Kingdom that occupies our efforts, it’s people.
Jesus never was about the figures, the methods, or the process. Jesus’ heart, and I believe one of the big draws of Jesus, is His heart for the individual person. His ministry is cratered with His devotion to people who would just approach Him out of the crowd, or who would be brought to where He was. He was constantly interrupted by people and their problems, and He never minded, probably because people were His priority.
Can you say that you’re like this? Do you get annoyed when your day is interrupted by needy people? I know I am from time to time. When I get this way I need to be reminded why I do what I do. It’s for the people. It’s all about the kingdom.
There’s another question that we need to ask ourselves: “What are you teaching young leaders about priorities by your actions? Are you teaching them that people are the most important part of our ministries, or do your actions show them that you are more interested with your schedule and processes?