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Dysfunctional leadership…?

Christian leadership can often be a haven for dysfunctional people. Moral integrity is a primal baseline for leadership. Without an inward life that is whole and healthy, the act of leadership can often be merely an escape route. Leadership can become a way of avoiding issues of sin or even lead to unnecessary overcompensation in the good one might attempt to do.

The Scriptures call for leaders to “be above reproach”. Just as God is worthy of all of our lives, when our character is aligned with his, our character is what makes leaders worth following. Character must always be in the process of refinement.

Why do you lead, and what makes you worth following?

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  • Paul February 14, 2007, 11:12 pm

    Thanks for stopping by Paul’s Ponderings earlier. Good to know that I am not alone in my thoughts about the subject.

    These are very good questions to ponder. I think about what the Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 11:1, “And you should follow my example, just as I follow Christ’s” (NLT). Can I say the same thing? Some questions we need to ask ourselves as we evaluate our ministries and leadership responsbilities.

  • Lon February 17, 2007, 9:08 am

    Thanks for tuning in Paul. I’m still a bit disturbed by that whole debacle.

    anyhow, yes, that is a really tough thing to say. Sometimes i think we put undue pressure on ourselves when we have a faulty frame of reference with that statement though. I think ‘just as i follow Christ’, also includes our own need for the love, forgiveness, and grace of Christ, that we leaders often forget to translate out…

  • patrick February 17, 2007, 8:48 pm

    Lon – thanks for all the great reflections that you share.

    I often wonder about dysfunctionality — and the struggle that I often engage in as a leader. IMHO leadership doesn’t hold perfection as a prerequisite (nor do I hear you intimating that). Leaders are appropriately vulnerable and broken, but authentically give evidence of momentum towards holiness. That of course is the domain of God’s Spirit, but with which we are called (invited, enticed) to participate.

    One of the pitfalls that many leaders fall into is feigning wholeness, because they perceive that leadership is the domain of the perfect. The beauty of the journey of the disciple is that it is a continuous process of being mended by the grace of God. Thank God for leaders like Moses, David, and Peter.

    Perhaps leadership, in whatever capacity that I exercise it, is less about my pretensions to wholeness and as it is about my unwillingness to harbour my dysfunctionality.

    “Character must always be in the process of refinement” – right on.

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