By Chip Pierce, CL [M] Director, Metro Maryland YFC

Leadership is definitely the buzz word these days. Churchs, ministries, companies, politicians are all talking about the importance of good leadership. Youth for Christ is talking about the value of leadership. What comes to your mind when you hear the word “leadership”?

I know I am challenged as I read the scriptures and then see what is going on in the world we live in. The leadership I observe today is top down. It is about power, greed, manipulation and control. It is about being recognized, getting credit and accolades. It is about using people, money and other resources to get what I want.
What about leadership not being about my needs but responding to what God is doing? I think of Noah, Abraham, Moses, Esther, Deborah, Nehemiah, Naomi, Mary and Jesus. Words like humble, servant, obedient and loving come to mind. The leadership that is highlighted in scripture is so different than what we see in our world today as well as what the people in scripture saw in their world.

The call to leadership is a humble summons. It is a gift to be held lightly. I believe we need to aspire to be Christlike versus aspiring to be a leader. I almost believe that the leadership we may bring to an event, organization, or group of people is best when it is not realized until after the fact.

I am 43 years old and have been involved in Youth for Christ since I was 11. One thing that is very encouraging to me is that most of the people I have interacted with in the YFC family over these years have demonstrated a very humble form of leadership. I do not even think these people would say they were intentionally modeling leadership. They have humbly responded to the Spirit as he has moved in their lives.

My hope and prayer is that this will continue. It requires living in tension and truly abiding in Christ.

Resources

-Matthew 5-7

-Galations 5: 13-26

-Leonard Sweet Summoned to Lead

-http://www.reclaimingthemission.com/is-“leadership”-biblical-a-few-reasons-to-say-“no-”/

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