Do Christians love leadership more than Jesus? Depends on the sites you’re looking at. The following posts do a great job putting leadership in it’s place: behind Jesus.The Parent Trap – Jennifer Turner questions Christian authority with an edge that would make any punk rocker raise his fist in rebellious agreement. “It’s easier, quicker, and more satisfying in the short term to tell people what to think, how to behave, or how to feel; it’s much more difficult and time-consuming to dialogue, explain, and listen. It requires more maturity to accept conflict and messiness as part of the process, and to accept that the process may take decades.” Leadership??? – Ross Rohde suggests in this post that servant leadership is an oxymoron. “Servanthood isn’t a different way of being a leader; it is not being a leader at all. He [Jesus] is saying “don’t do this; do this instead.” He wasn’t saying something similar to I’ll give you a new way of being a leader; he was saying don’t be a leader.” Who Leads Your Church? Servant Leaders? and Upside-Down Leadership: A Parable – In this trifecta of leadership posts, Felicty Dale paints a picture of biblical servanthood and/or leadership. “We can ask God to bless our plans, our programs, our vision. Or we can join God in what he is doing, following where he leads us, responsive to his every whisper.”
Are leadership and Christianity mutually exclusive? Is mainstream Christianity hopelessly infatuated with American hierachies? Can a Christian follow Jesus and a pastor at the same time?