The Gospel According to Jim

CHRISTIAN-LEADERSHIP1I am so jazzed – our pastor is beginning a sermon series this Sunday on the book of James and focusing on the topic of Christian leadership.  I just blogged a couple of posts ago a link from Craig Jutila’s comments on what to read to be a good leader.  I’m always looking for ways to be the best Christian leader I can be, both in my church and at home with my family.  In all honesty, I don’t think me, or anyone for that matter, should ever stop looking for ways to be a better leader.  We should always be growing and learning!

My pastor blogs alongside her sermon series so that congregants can follow along on a more personal level of reflection based on her sermons.  It’s a wonderful way to grow and develop ones leadership skills, I have to admit.  I’m going to quote Pastor Jan here so you can see a quick glimpse of the great information she has to offer in her blog on James:

What makes this book particularly relevant for today is its emphasis on vital Christianity … something we all want and our world desperately needs. And I believe it is in fact, the Bible’s manual on Christian Leadership.

In my opinion, “Christian” leadership brings with it a more demanding expectation that just the term “leadership.”  There is a higher expectation of goodness, love, grace, and strength that is associated with this type of leadership – and rightly so!  Jesus had high expectations of his disciples and I believe that filters right down to us today as believers and proclaimers of the gospel.  It’s a tall order, but we need to try our best to live up to it (again, speaking for myself mainly as a person who is seeking more and more ways to do just that).

How do you define Christian leadership?  What tools do you use to empower and strengthen your leadership in all areas of your life?

About revmonica

I'm the Director of Growth Ministries at Williamsons Chapel United Methodist Church and the proud wife of Steve and mommy to Morgan and Gavin.
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