J. W. McLean and William Weitzel in their book, Leadership: Magic, Myth or Method, define leadership as:
- A person
- Involved in a process
- Of influencing and developing a group of people
- In order to accomplish a purpose
- By means of supernatural power.
Jesus said, “(You) Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
Unless Jesus was not sending people and was instead sending lemurs, these two descriptions are identical. Jesus sends disciples (people) to go and make more disciples (purpose), baptizing them (process), teaching them to observe (developing), and the resurrected Jesus is with us (supernatural power).
By this definition every Christian is a leader. Every person who follows Jesus as His disciple is called into the mission of making more disciples. We are charged with influencing the world and impacting it for Jesus’ sake. Our purpose is simple and straight forward: “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
Sometimes we lean on our faith as an excuse to disengage from the world. Christians are often thought to have a more laid back lifestyle. This “peace of God” doesn’t mean we don’t work to change the world; it means we don’t let the world and its craziness determine our self-worth, intimate our decisions, or dictate our happiness. The peace of God allows us to step away from the pressures that drive the world and have one burden, the easy burden of Christ, to love the world in Jesus’ name.
We are able to lead in this way because we know our Leader has taken care of our every need. Jesus even determines the effectiveness of our mission. We merely remain faithful with our focus on Him and He will remain faithful. Being a leader can seem like a daunting task; it is at times, but our Leader will not let us fail. He is truly with us now… and forever.
His servant and yours,
Pastor Erik Gauss