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Why Leadership is Not Power

Have you ever thought to yourself, “If I were in charge, things would be different, things would be better”? Because, after all whoever is in charge has the most power right? They’re the ones who get to make the big boy decisions right?

What makes a leader is not power, but the ability to empower others.

Is the most powerful person in the room really the best leader in the room? Or could it be, that the better leader is the person who gives away the most power?

You win the hearts of people when you help them grow personally.

Lording over people and barking out orders never endears people to a leader. It was Peter Drucker who is credited with saying, “The leader of the past was a person who knew how to tell. The leader of the future will be a person who knows how to ask.” Click here to learn more about this leadership tension. Helping people grow as a leader means giving them authority to make decisions, practice with leadership situations and socraticly coach them to move in the right direction. It’s true. You get more when you give. Even in the economy of leadership.

“Everything they do is for show. On their arms they wear extra wide prayer boxes with Scripture verses inside, and they wear extra long tassels on their robes. And how they love to sit at the head of the table at banquets and in the most prominent seats in the synagogue! They enjoy the attention they get on the streets, and enjoy being called ‘Rabbi.’” Matthew 23:5-7

A majority of leaders are interested in keeping their position and acquiring more power. The Pharisees were interested in power and position. So much so that many had even sided with Rome. As a leader are you more interested in acquiring power or giving power away to others? Are you more interested in attaining more power, or providing the shoulders for others to stand on?

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style worship

I intentionally titled this post “Style Worship” instead of “Worship Style.” It’s driven by a question I’ve been thinking about lately, “Are we as Church Leaders and Pastors teaching people to fall in love with the Church, or with Jesus?” I know, I know…maybe I’m splitting hairs…the Church is the Body of Christ, right? It’s impossible to love Jesus and not love His Body…or love His Body and not love Him, right? But with so many well meaning Christians who claim to love Jesus arguing over different expressions of the Church and which particular style is “right;” it drives me to think that maybe in the end we are worshiping a style or particular expression of the Church instead of the God of the Church. Here are a few questions that I hope drive some solid introspection and good conversations.

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What Jesus had to say to Church Leaders and why it should Freak us out…Part-1

It’s easy to read the gospels and cheer on Jesus when we view the Pharisees as the bad guys in the story. But what if we re-read the gospels, and inserted our name or title in place of the Pharisees, Sadducees, and religious leaders of the day? How would that change how we interact with and follow Jesus? How would we feel if it were us He was directing His comments towards? What if it were us He was dicing up and leaving lay bare?

Getting to the desired destination and becoming the kind of person you want to be, or perhaps better said the kind of person God has dreamed up for you to become, has a lot to do with learning to ask the right questions. Jesus directed the statements below to the religious leaders of the day, and I’m pretty sure that breathing in His words and the questions below could help keep you and me on the right trajectory.

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