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A Brother’s Wisdom 68

Today, a word for leaders, and it goes with the book I mentioned by Ruth Haley Barton. Spiritually formed leaders don’t crave power, aren’t envious of the successes of others, and desire to be in friendship with God. Here are James’ words and I’m “opening up the lines” today to hear from leaders about the struggles with power.

Question: What does this text teach us about the proper use of power in leadership?

James 4:7-10: Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

What are you struggles? How have you learned that a text like this can re-shape ministry?

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posted June 11, 2009 at 1:28 pm

How does this mesh with a rather well known pastor on record with things like:
the church was birthed with a man yelling and still requires a man yelling
leadership without control is not leadership
Is this consistent with what James (or Paul) teach on leadership?

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posted June 11, 2009 at 3:15 pm

Hmmm…this passage to me says that as leaders we must be submissive, humble people. Our laughter, which might in this passage be indicative of someone who does not take things seriously, needs to be turned to mourning or a repentant heart. One that searches the heart for those things that do not honor God.
My own struggle as a leader is managing the balancing act between exercising the authority given to me and knowing when not to act.

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