Leadership and Humanity


Leadership and Humanity

In ministry there is a mortal fear of letting the people you lead see your humanity. I believe that is because the people have placed you in a privileged position of power. You are God’s special one, and their faith in you is somehow translated in to faith in God. Once you appear human you lose your pseudo-divine status. Without that status you no longer have the same power to persuade your followers. Ultimately it’s a loss of control.



The problem doe not lie in our ability to keep up a false appearance. The problem lies in our concept of leaders and leadership. People should know their leaders are real people with weaknesses like anyone else. We treat our leaders very poorly. We expect them to live up to our expectations and when they don’t serve up an appetizing bite of ministry for us to consume we abandon them or run them down behind their backs.



Leaders should be people of integrity. They shouldn’t have a lot to hide. Leaders should abandon all falsehood and give up on using rank and status to control people. Paul boasted of his weakness, because God’s power is perfected through it. We have a choice. Are we going to rely on our own power of rank, status and persuasion or do we trust in God’s power? Do the leaders of the emerging church have enough faith to believe that God will work more through their weakness?

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