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

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

Posted on 11. Feb, 2011 by in Leadership

Since ministry is the most important task with eternal consequences, church leaders should make every effort to be the best leaders in the world. Every ministry leader ought to take advantage of the leadership wisdom learned and passed on from others. The stakes are too high to not be a good leader.

Most of the time, the laws of leadership and the needs of discipleship will coincide.  Jesus modeled the laws of leadership throughout most of his ministry. But, in those rare exceptions when the laws of leadership and the need for discipleship collide, always choose discipleship.

I have heard some pastors over spiritualize pastoral leadership. They are skeptical of leadership principles that are common in secular organizations. Often they create a false dichotomy as if one has to choose to either be a good leader or be like Jesus. Hybels points out that Jesus practiced the laws of leadership most of the time. Therefore, to reject sound leadership principles isn’t following Jesus’ example. The danger comes when we allow ourselves to get so caught up in being a good leader and growing our church, that we fail to follow Jesus’ example to care for the least of these.

First and for most we need to honor God and remember that he’s the one we are seeking to please. But we must also be committed to doing everything we can to fight the good fight and lead with all our might.

Hybles ends the book with this:

As you face your daily responsibilities as a leader… Remember God, who is great and awesome. Remember God, who is faithful and true. Remember God, who is ever-present in times of turmoil. Remember God, who promised to pull you through.

And then the second part: Fight with all your might. Fight for the lives and hearts of people far from God. Fight to recruit volunteers. Fight for resources for the poor and the forgotten…Fight with all your might for your church to become a full blown¬† Acts 2 expression in your community.

I’d encourage you to pick up a copy and read it for yourself. It’s only 68 pages and can be read in about an hour. Well worth your time.

Related posts:

  1. Book Review: When Leadership and Discipleship Collide (Part 1 of 2)
  2. Five Characteristics of a Missional Community
  3. Book Summary: Axiom by Bill Hybles
  4. Clutter Free Buzz (continued)
  5. Getting Voted Out

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