Jesus would flunk out of most modern “Christian” leadership training courses. Jonathan at “Missio Dei” does a great job pointing this out in a post called “Jesus was a terrible leader“. Jonathan says:
Jesus was a terrible leader, in the short run. He wouldn’t get a job in todayâ€™s church marketplace. Think about it. He spent three years with 12 people. He talked to a lot of people but his primary focus was on twelve people who didn’t always get a long and didn’t always get it.
“Where’s the growth” people would ask? “How are we gonna pay the bills” others would say, albeit quietly in from the other side of the room. “This guy just doesn’t seem to get it.”
Then, Jonathan concludes poignantly:
I wonder if those in leadership will someday follow the model Jesus developed. He followed His Fatherâ€™s voice to transform the lives of twelve ordinary people.
Follow the voice of the Father… act like a servant, not a leader… pour your life into people… give up everything for those people. Perhaps its not the best paradigm for “church leadership”, but it seems to be “Jesus leadership”.