Cruciform leaders do not view people as the means to achieve other goals. The people to whom we minister are the goal. The whole point of Jesus-shaped leadership is to take the initiative to see that God’s grace and love arrive into the lives of others.He says it so well.
Christian leaders are servants of others on behalf of God, so people are the point—not my goals, plans, vision, or ambitions.
This may be obvious, but there is a vocabulary set used among ministry leaders that very subtly perverts and corrupts our vision for cruciform ministry.
We talk about “results,” or we want our ministries to be “effective.” We look for ministry strategies that “work.”
When we talk like this, we reveal that we are envisioning something bigger than or beyond the people to whom we minister. We subtly become the servants of that other thing and we look at the people as the means to get there.
This is one way that pastors’ hearts function as idol factories.
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