Focusing on leadership alone is short-sighted. Invest a few moments to watch (experience) this video, and then let me explain the more.
Mike’s journey with God is one that has been cultivated, nurtured and developed. He has sought the genuine, watched his faith is deepened, anchored himself in the “person” of Christ, as opposed to the “programs” of the church. It’s been about surrender, and the discovery of the good works which He has purposed for that life (Eph. 2:8-10).
Discipleship leads to leadership… and leadership demands the life of ongoing discipleship. Every leader needs to allow the MAster to continue the discipling process in his/her life. These two core functions cannot (in my mind) must never been separated.
If the focus is just on discipleship… we have created another spectator and potentially another consumer of learning, promoting a notion that before I can go out, I need more and more equipping.
If the focus is just about leadership… we produce driven individuals who fall prey to issues like ambition, false-fruit and the proving of one’s self. The result is leading those we influence down the wide-path, as opposed to the narrow road.
But together… the integration of discipleship into leadership is about Christ’s agenda… and His Kingdom come and His will be done.
We need well-discipled, well-grounded, Christ-followers who know that there is more than just attending Church, and who know they have been loved first, and then and called by God to make a difference in their world for their God.
My take is that it’s time we break down these SILOS. It’s time we construct pathways, and lay paths of freedom for the men and women who discover what Mike discovered in the video… and for the many more that God could give us the privilege to influence and develop.
It’s time that Christ-followers, whatever their job, stage-in-life, ethnicity or life challenges, know Christ deeply, and serve Christ fully! That’s my take.
© Terry Walling 2014