Friday, June 13, 2008

Thoughts on Leadership

As part of my vacation discipline, I've been reading chunks of the Bible every morning for a couple of hours. This morning I finished II Samuel...whew! Reading straight from Exodus through II Samuel gave me some new glimpses on the nature of Biblical (at least OT) leadership:
1. It always begins with God's sovereign (and sometimes weird) call.
2. The human response to God's call to leadership is almost always resistance and avoidance. It makes me wonder if someone wants to be a spiritual leader...does that disqualify him/her?
3. There is always some form of human validation for God's call to lead.
4. Leadership comes with stringent and exacting condidtions.
5. Old leaders almost always resist new leaders who come to replace them.
6. Spiritual leadership has enormous pitfalls: entitled privilege, autonomy, unlimited scope, personally being an exception to the rules of others..
7. All leaders are replaced and have term limits.

Do these apply today as well?


At 12:17 PM , Blogger Kim said...

They should. I would really like to see true Godly leadership in action in the local church.

At 9:30 PM , Blogger Christopher B. Brooks said...

Wow. Deep. I especially loved your candor about the old/young paradigm. You should expand that one into a full blog!


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