This week, I've gone back a few chapters to re-write the 2nd chapter in my book, which addresses the attitude, motivation, and lifestyle of the senior pastor or lead pastor in a church comprised of small groups. While reading through the first book Peter wrote, I came across this powerful verse, taken from The Message translation:
I have a special concern for you church leaders. I know what it’s like to be a leader, in on Christ’s sufferings as well as the coming glory. Here's my concern: that you care for God’s flock with all the diligence of a shepherd. Not because you have to, but because you want to please God. Not calculating what you can get out of it, but acting spontaneously. Not bossily telling others what to do, but tenderly showing them the way. (I Peter 5:1-3)
I love how this is worded. It seems to quickly annihilate strategic thinking for the sake of church growth to focus on a very relational style of leadership. There's a lot to unlearn, huh?
I challenge you to print out this blog entry and slip it in your Bible. When you open your Bible for the next week or so, ask yourself, "Am I leading spontaneously and tenderly showing others the way?"