The how and why of leading the people you serve.
As we face the reality of our flaws and weaknesses, most of us will employ some common strategies. We will hide our weaknesses, minimize them, or deny them. We pretend they don’t exist. We don’t talk about them, we don’t acknowledge them, and we try our best to ignore them.
Doing things well and developing new leaders are both valuable and necessary objectives. The trouble is that these two agendas often clash. Training someone up means, almost by definition, that in the beginning they won’t be particularly good at whatever it is they’re learning to do. And they almost certainly won’t be as good at it as you are.
Sometimes when you first start out as a leader it can be tempting to look at the people higher in leadership over you and think to yourself, “I can’t wait to be in that position. I’ll be able to do what I want and I’ll have lots more flexibility. The more authority and responsibility I have, the more freedom I’ll have to do what I want.” But that’s not how it works—and especially not in Christian leadership.
In the midst of life it’s a constant battle to trust the Bible and build on it and hold to it. Worldly wisdom often contradicts the Bible and pushes us to not trust Scripture. Advice from wise friends and family can sometimes contradict the Bible and push us to not trust Scripture.
This Brief Book contains a little taste of a work in progress at Matthias Media which equips Christian leaders at all levels with practical, easily digestible leadership principles that are thoroughly formed and shaped by gospel convictions.