Many in America believe we have a leadership crisis, but what we have is a followership crisis. We have forgotten how to be good followers. We have forgotten how to choose good leaders.
What makes a good follower? A good follower is a good seeker of the Truth. A good follower tests what those who would lead him say and do. If a potential leader’s words are not in accord with his or her deeds, a good follower continues his search.
Here in Beejai’s post we have an explanation of Christian leadership, an explanation given with example of Christ. If we want to learn how to follow the example of Christ, then we must choose leaders from among us who are worthy of imitation, men and women who lead by serving others.
Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him. (John 13:3-5)
Relate: “Who is the leader there?” One of my mentors asked me that question when I was being a bit stupid early on in my days out of college. I had recently moved down from Rochester to Binghamton NY. In part it was to kick start a college ministry group that in the past year had “grown” from over sixty down to about five. I had known and been friends with quite a few of…
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