I Guess God did not produce enough leaders after His own heart!
Every now and again I am just hit with something that drives me crazy. This time I am talking about an upcoming Leadership Conference that my church is one of the satellite campuses for this event. My problem is not that they are hosting the conference as a site, yet my issues are with some of the speakers the conference is willing to promote. Sometimes this conference will bring in secular speakers to teach leadership principles. Where I have an issue is it is hard to apply most of these secular leaders’ leadership principals if the church wants to build into people’s lives. These speakers don’t want to build into lives they want to build the organization…BIG DIFFERENCE. They promote getting rid of problems and training the superstars, but doesn’t the upside down kingdom of God stand for a discipleship model that has one-on-one, life on life opportunities?
Some of these secular leaders’ principles are in clear contrast to what bible believing churches promote every Sunday. Wouldn’t it be better to meet people where they’re at and then it wouldn’t be so critical to put people in one of two categories like these leaders promote of a problem or a Superstar? Jesus met many people where they were at… that by these secular leader’s standards” would not be of any value at all. In the book of John, would they put a value on the lady at the well or the lame man at the pool…I doubt it, but Jesus saw the value.
What about Moses? Moses wasn’t by these secular leaders standards a “superstar”. The bible says he was slow of speech and tongue, to the point that his brother Aaron had to speak for him to the people. But what did Moses do when Pharaohs army was pursuing him and God’s people to the Red Sea? Moses listened to and obeyed the Lord without any pretension that he was the one with the answer to their dilemma. Look at the result in Exodus 14:31: And when the Israelites saw the great power the LORD displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the LORD and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant.
In sharp contrast to these secular leader’s belief to eradicate your problems and pour all your attention into your superstars is quite different from God who chose Moses, fishermen and tax-collectors to lead his cause. God has to be part of the leadership equation as He was for Moses for it to work. What did the previous paragraph say….Moses listened to and obeyed the Lord. Apply all the secular leadership skills you want, however without listening to and obeying the Lord your organization will only reach mediocrity.
My final thought: There are enough leaders who have proven leadership skills and principles who make God part of the equation, that you shouldn’t need to promote or use secular leaders principles that are in sharp contrast to the upside down kingdom of God.
I guess God didn’t produce enough leaders after his own heart that we have to seek leaders that have hearts that follow this world. Seems a bit contradictory to anything I have ever been told since become a Christ-follower.