Jon at “Jon’s Journey” has written a very helpful post called “Leading the Way.” The post is a summary of all of his posts on leadership among the church. The posts cover many different aspects of that topic, and he puts them all together in a great way.
A few years ago, when I had only been blogging a couple of years, I recognized that my posts on leadership were often the most read and commented posts on my blog, even though I wrote about leadership much less than other topics. I think there are several reasons for that, but I won’t get into it here. I thought about that when I read this statement at the end of Jon’s post: “So as you can see I’ve invested some thought into this topic lately. But I don’t want this to be the main focus of my journey moving forward.”
But, I’d like for us to think about something that Jon says at the beginning of his post:
I see two different types of leaders in the church.
- Those who make decisions for others to follow
- Those who live their lives as examples that others follow
I know in many cases some people do a bit of both.
After you take the time to read through Jon’s post, and some of his linked posts, think about this:
Jon is right… there are two types of “leading” among the church. And, interestingly, both types of “leading” often get followed and followers.
Consider this question: What type of “leading” are you following? (And, if you think you’re not following anyone but Jesus – i.e., not learning from another’s example – then I think you’re probably fooling yourself.)