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October 14, 2012

A leader must first be the best follower they know how to be.  As global leaders, I believe, the key is acknowledging one’s own purpose for ministry, remaining open to cultural differences, and retaining the ability to adapt and reflect who Christ is within that particular worldview.

It is glorious, that God gave us Jesus as the model of global leadership.  Not only did Jesus travel the lands to share the Good News, but He spoke in parables so that the people who had ears to hear of God’s love were able (Matthew 13:9).

In order to embrace the lands in claiming that Christ is the Way, it is of upmost importance to first recognize the transformation within the leader, him or herself.

Transformational Christian leadership is the topic of study within the Leadership minor at Colorado Christian University.  However, outside of the classroom, I have heard very little mentioned on the topic.  With that said, how is the church producing strong leaders in this generation and the next, when we don’t even speak of the basic principles outside of a Christian, academic leadership program?

While Jesus talked to them, a leader of the people came and got down before Him, and worshiped Him. He said, “My daughter has just died. But come, lay Your hand on her and she will live” (Matthew 9:18).  Some translations classify this father as a Synagogue leader, and others, as a ruler.  Nonetheless, this official, a man with power bowed himself before the Lord, recognizing that only the man who is the living Scripture could influence greater than than he, who memorized and spoke of Jewish law (Torah).

For a generation aimed at changing the world, the majority of us have been spoiled by technology’s rule over our own lives.  With clocks, we no longer must observe the sun’s rotation in managing our time.  With iPhones, we can rely on Seri to make the simple decisions for us–mapping our route, scheduling the calendar, the structure of a text message, and the list goes on.

Has our generation submitted to the wrong power?  Have we given up the good fight in moving towards Jesus in leadership development?

In the Christian community, it is my belief, that this generation is extinguished for the good works of “Martha’s” (Luke 10:38-42).  However, God tells us that it is through a good foundation that good fruit falls.

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