To be a Christian leader is more than just being a Christian and having a title. It is more than leading Christianly and becomes even more impactful, and faithful, when it is reimagined as leading redemptively.
I found out this week that Jean Vanier was guilty of sexual assault over the span of several decades. If the soft-spoken Frenchman who dedicated his life to the disabled is disgraced, to whom can I aspire?
In leadership, but also in the whole of life, follow the pattern of the psalmist: seek the good with a heart of praise. Like the king, live in and live out the Word. Like the shepherd, lead with humility and service. In your service, God is glorified, and we are given a gracious and priceless gift. Whatever that crown of glory may look like, it will never fade.
One theme of questions regarding authority struck me: Who has the authority to tear down others and to pit women against each other as enemies?Who gives us the right to shame, blame, and accuse fellow believers?
If leadership is developed vs. an inherited trait, what should one focus on to expand their expertise in developing as a leader and in guiding other leaders?
A significant challenge in the coming decade is to continue to claim with confidence and boldness the Lordship of Christ in all things.