The Value of Leadership. When it comes to being a leader, who or what do you follow? Some leaders follow their intuition. Some follow a mentor or teacher who has inspired them. Leadership is difficult, and at some point you will be tested on who or what you follow.
Leadership is the final value in our online series on Shared Values. I’ve been sharing the values that I hope we will all share based on the word “GOSPEL.” To recap, the “G” is for growing in Christ, “O” for outward focus, “S” for Spirit empowered, “P” for putting people ahead of programs, “E,” for pursuing excellence, and “L” for leadership. Leadership is about influencing others, which means that we are all called to be leaders. Yet, when it comes to being the church, we’re not talking about just any kind of leadership.
Consider those who led the early church. In a culture that was hostile to the gospel, their leadership was tested this way: “Having brought the apostles, they made them appear before the Sanhedrin to be questioned by the high priest” (Acts 5:27). There was conflict because the apostles had continued sharing the gospel despite having been told to stop. The lives of the apostles were on the line, yet this is how they responded: “‘We must obey God rather than men’” (Acts 5:29)! It would have been easier for them to please the people. But God was not calling them to easy. He was calling them to faithfulness, which meant courageous leadership. I’ll have more to share on this next week! -Jason