Archive for June, 2011

The Tail that Wags the Dog

28 Jun

 

Could it be that the church—which was meant to reflect the heart of God—has instead taken the role of leader? Could we simply be making things harder than they need to be?

If you have been leading God’s people for any length of time, you know how difficult—sometimes even impossible—it can be. Why is Christian leadership so hard to get right?

In The Tail That Wags the Dog, veteran pastor Max Myers takes these questions straight to the Bible to demonstrate where and why traditional leadership models fall short. In the process he discovers another way to do ministry—God’s way.

Not unlike the children of Israel who ‘wanted a king like all the nations’ (1 Samuel 8:5), today’s church still wants and expects an earthly king/leader. Myers takes a look at the current structure and leadership of the church, showing the evolution of man’s ‘desire to control.’

In this quick read (121 pages), Myers puts forward the following challenge – a challenge to shift back to ‘supernatural leadership:’

  • It’s time to end self-rule.
  • It’s time to relook at God’s original design (true theocracy) for how his kingdom is to be led.
  • It’s time for a new style of leadership.
  • It’s time for a new type of leader.
  • It’s time for supernatural leadership.

 

In the process, Myers presents another way to do ‘ministry’ and offers five basic premises:

  1. Unlike natural leadership, supernatural leadership is at its core ‘simple’ leadership.
  2. Jesus’ life and ministry is our life and ministry model.
  3. God likes his original plans, and wants to restore what we have messed up to its original state.
  4. God wants to be very actively involved in the activities that surround his kingdom.
  5. God wants to step sovereignly into our world again.

 

Myers’ challenge is applicable to everyone involved in ‘church life.’ Enjoy the read . . .

 

 

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Servant Leadership

16 Jun

“As long as leaders worry about who (and if they) sits at the head table, they have little time for the people they are called to serve.” Lorane Chisholm

 

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Knowledge and Character

01 Jun

“As dangerous as a little knowledge is, even more dangerous is much knowledge without a strong, principled character. Purely intellectual development without commensurate internal character development makes as much sense as putting a high-powered sports car in the hands of a teenager who is high on drugs. Yet all too often in the academic world, that is exactly what we do by not focusing on the character development of young people.”

Stephen Covey – from his book Principle-Centered Leadership

 

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