James at “Idle musings of a bookseller” has written an excellent post called “How-to versus who.” Actually, most of James’ post is a quote from the book Missional Small Groups, which I also started reading a few weeks ago (on James’ prompting), but then stopped reading it to read a few other books.
I’m not going to copy the entire quote. You can jump over to James’ site to read it.
The most important part of the quote (at least to me) is this: “[W]e often look for leadership training that focuses on skills development. The questions asked in such training always focuses on the how question… Leading missional groups occurs as leaders are formed and shaped for mission.”
I would say this is true of any type of Christian leader. Pouring more and more information, trends, methods, etc. into someone does not make that person a leader. Unfortunately, this is the method used by the modern church. If someone isn’t a good leader (or isn’t a leader yet), the predominant church wisdom is to give that person more information, more education.
But, like the quote says above, leaders are not built through education, but through a life of serving. If you want to be a leader, or if someone else needs help leading, the best thing to do is to start serving others… the “lower” the service, the better.
What do you think?