Leadership is important. And indeed it is. Without capable leaders things wouldn’t move or go anywhere or simply nothing will happen. Leaders set the tempo, gather a team of people, and points to the next level. Well, it all boils down to; leadership is something important.
But sometimes too much emphasis on leadership makes people want fame, status and power. Too bad that this sort of thing happens in the church. A distorted emphasis on leadership leads to these bad behaviors.
David Fitch has a blog post deconstructing the notion of leadership or rather the understanding of leadership on his blog. It’s not that long but if you are looking for a shorter treatment to the same subject read Scot McKnight‘s article.
Well here’s a snippet of what McKnight wrote that is from that article;
So I want to put my idea on the line and see where it leads us. We have one leader, and his name is Jesus. I want to bang this home with a quotation from Jesus from Matthew 23, where he seems to be staring at the glow of leadership in the eyes of his disciples, and he does nothing short of deconstructing the glow:
But you are not to be called “Rabbi,” for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers. And do not call anyone on earth “father,” for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah. The greatest among you will be your servant. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.
Instead of seeing myself as a leader, I see myself as a follower. Instead of plotting how to lead, I plot how to follow Jesus with others. Instead of seeing myself at the helm of some boat—and mine is small compared to many others—I see myself inthe boat, with Jesus at the helm.
Well, not to say that leadership is not biblical. That’s too extreme for me. It’s the distorted emphasis by people that is that makes leadership a bad thing. Anyways, I like what both McKnight and Fitch are saying.