Jane Overstreet (USA) shared from Ezekiel 34:1-5 and how this is still being repeated in 2010.

We then watched a video of a cabinet meeting in Uganda in 1970 led by Idi Amin.

The Survey Results

Dr James Magara (Uganda) the descriptors of the survey are used to describe Christian leaders.  In 2008 a primarily web-based survey was done with 1031 leaders distributed across 6 continents (not Antarctica).  Age included a wide spread, one-third were female.  Professions included business, education, medicine and law.  59.3% had more than 10 years of experience in leadership.  The survey was made available in five languages – there was rarely any difference between the results of different language groups.

Dr Magara then took us through the results as outlined in the Advanced Paper – We Have A Problem! – But There Is Hope!:

Characteristics of poor leaders: Pride, lack of integrity, harsh and uncaring

Five most pressing issues: personal pride; lack of integrity; spiritual warfare; corruption; lack of infrastructure

Traits of a Christ-like character: integrity, authenticity, excellent character; servant’s heart and humble; spiritually mature, hear’s God’s voice, holy & prayerful.

Leadership subjects of interest: mentoring/coaching; spiritual formation; people management; conflict resolution; strategic planning.

Causes of failure of Christian leaders: burn-out; abuse of power; inappropriate use of finances; inordinate pride; lack of growth in their spiritual life; sexual sin.

Leadership development opportunities wanted: mentoring; small accountability group; informal discussion with peers; workshops.

Why is there such a shortage of Christ-centred leaders?: so-called “leadership training programmes” don’t really prepare people ot lead in the real world, people have credentials but they can’t lead.

Conclusion

  • Too many of our leaders today are not Christ-like
  • We are doing a poor job of leadership development through our existing programs today!

We then watched a video clip from Invicta,   Does your current leadership look more like Idi Amin or Nelson Mandela?

Christ-like Leadership

We watched a video on the theme of “It’s not about me, it’s about you Lord”, which Branko Bjelajac (Slovakia) linked to 2 Corinthians 4:5-18.

There is a tension between leading and serving – Jesus focuses on serving, which fits with some but not many of the present day leadership models, two key aspects:

  • No recognitions or medals.  Mary models this for us: “My soul glorifies the Lord” – Luke 1:46.
  • The quest for significance – a fractured spirituality is widespread.

Leadership development methods that have been tried and tested

Led by Shamira Manwar-Philip (India).

Character & knowledge: Leader development is a complex and life-long endeavor, but there are some methods that work better than others.  Here is an example:

3 main objectives :

  • To use Biblical principles focused on integrity.
  • To use adult learning methodology within creative  curriculum.
  • To engage in constant interaction to facilitate mentoring and open discussions.

The Opportunity: to identify and train political grass-roots leaders in India.  The curriculum was based around a story of politics and some key activities, e.g. artwork, debates, dramas, and more.  Shamira then explained the details of the training programme – it was a bit too quick so not to detailed notes but it was several hundred leaders trained together.

We have a problem:

  • Christ-like leadership is not a luxury, but a necessity.
  • Providing opportunities for leaders to grow is critical to a healthy, vibrant, transformational, multiplying Church.
  • We must be wise stewards of the resources available because the future of the Church is at stake.
  • Pray
  • Commit to becoming a more Christ-like leader
  • Release and enable others, and intentionally find, use and promote the very best in leadership development resources.

What can you do?

Chris
cskidd1983@gmail.com
Married to the amazing Sarah and raising Jakey, Daniel, Amelia, Josh & Jonah in our blended family. Passionate for Jesus, social work & sport.

0 thoughts on “Did Jesus Lead a Balanced Life?”

  1. Comments chime with me. All of life is our worship. If I rely on God more and am confident that his favour is not based on my work then I can afford to S-L-O-W D-O-W-N 🙂

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