by Dr. Steve Dunn
As we were created by the Master Designer, we are hard-wired for change. But sin has rewired us to see change us something to be feared and resisted. This rewiring is often disguised by a desire to be comfortable or a belief that practicality is the supreme value in any situation. The need for change is often ignored because we are busy maintaining life as it has been handed to us. We even believe the theological lie that good is good enough and so change often doesn’t occur even when there is mounting evidence that without change we will die.
Many persons see their role in the leadership in the church is to help the people go where they want to go. That is a dangerous fallacy. The role of leadership in the church is to help the people go where God wants them to go.
Leading the way is not easy. It requires three things:
- It requires vision on the part of the leader.
- It requires prayer to insure that the leader’s vision is truly God’s vision.
- It requires relational work to help others share that vision.
- It requires courage because sooner or leader has to get out front and lead the way.
And that courage must be grounded in the faith that trusts that God will be at work in and through the leader and the process.
A wise leader does his or homework. You must look before you leap. But sooner or later you have to leap.
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