Book Review: When Leadership and Discipleship Collide (Part 1 of 2)

Book Review: When Leadership and Discipleship Collide (Part 1 of 2)

Posted on 10. Feb, 2011 by in Leadership

Spent and hour this morning reading Bill Hybels’ short book When Leadership and Discipleship Collide.  Hybles, who is a leadership guru, shares his reflections on one of Jesus’ leadership decisions.  He noticed that although Jesus normally followed sound leadership principles, there were several times that he deliberately broke from them.  When he did it was to minister to the needs of others.

Hybels is careful to point out that leadership principles are wisdom that’s been learned over time. They are not inerrant and infallible.  Further, ministry leadership is not the same as secular leadership.  There are times when ministry and faithfulness to our calling demands that pastors make decisions that aren’t good leadership decisions, but are excellent ministry decisions.

Much of ministry isn’t good time management.  Spending an hour counseling or visiting someone in the hospital takes away from your productivity.  But it’s our calling. It’s what the Holy Spirit prompts us to do. If you’re not hearing the Holy Spirit’s call to minister because you’re too busy being a good leader, you’ve forgotten your calling and ministering in vein. While this might accomplish a short-term goal it will not result in hearing, “well done my good and faithful servant.”

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