Leadership

Taking another look at leadership - basic principles

It has been my consistent belief that we as Christians should take the trouble to read more about our relationship with Jesus Christ. However I must also state that when we get into the habit of reading we should be prepared to have our thinking challenged. This has been something that I have learnt to appreciate. There is a paradox that has stared me in the face regarding the matter of leadership and servanthood. In Matt. 20:26 we read, “Whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant.” The Greek word for servant is diakonos and actually consists of two words. Dia means “through” or “across” just like diameter is a measurement through the centre of a circle. Konos may be translated as “dust, dirt or earth.” Therefore diakonos literally means “ through the dust.”

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Leadership and Control 2

It is customary for us to look at John the Baptist as being the forerunner of Jesus Christ, preparing the way for the ministry of the King of Kings. Yet I doubt if we have ever really analysed the life and ministry of this key person in his own right. I am sure that you as a reader will agree with me that John was a leader in his own right but have you ever looked at his leadership in relationship to Jesus.  If you look at John 1:29 – 37 you will find that: John was a successful preacher for we read that crowds followed him. Even the hypocritical Pharisees were coming to be baptised.  He commanded the respect of the populace of his day. People travelled great distances to see and hear him and many wondered if he was the promised Messiah. John was God’s man for the hour. His message pointed to a person who would come after him This person in fact would be the long awaited Messiah. He did not know who the Messiah was. It was only when Jesus came to be baptised and the Holy Spirit descended on Jesus like a dove did John know that Jesus was the Messiah.  In a real sense John had to deal with a matter of fading influence. First of all, Jesus was John’s cousin. They knew each other as children and played together. When John preached about the coming Messiah he at no time thought it would in fact be his cousin.

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Leadership and Control 1

It is customary for us to look at John the Baptist as being the forerunner of Jesus Christ, preparing the way for the ministry of the King of Kings. Yet I doubt if we have ever really analysed the life and ministry of this key person in his own right. I am sure that you as a reader will agree with me that John was a leader in his own right but have you ever looked at his leadership in relationship to Jesus.  If you look at John 1:29 – 37 you will find that: John was a successful preacher for we read that crowds followed him