World of Faith

Leadership and Influence: Part Two | June 15, 2007

Last week I began a new series on “Leadership and Influence,” here at World of Faith. As a foundation, I explained the purpose of this series is to explore the connection of leadership and influence, because leadership IS influence.

For example, at my church we have staff, which consists of either ordained leaders and/or department heads, and then there is leadership, which is anyone serving in any capacity with influence. Thus, personally, as I am a member of my church’s worship team, I am considered part of leadership.

Last week I also discussed some reasons why some people do not understand or agree with the concept that leadership is influence. One reason I gave is that many are afraid of the responsibility and commitment required in leadership. The other reason that I gave was that of false humility, which is really a topic for another day.

Finally, last week, I explained that true leadership, according to Prophet Jeff Tadlock, is essentially influence, and especially in the church environment, influencing people by serving them. And that’s where we pick it up for this week.

Jesus said in Mark 9:35 (NAS), “If anyone wants to be first (the leader), he shall be last of all, and servant of all.” Likewise, Jesus said in Matt. 20:26 (NAS), “Whoever wishes to become great (a leader) among you shall be your servant.” Similarly, in Matt. 23:11 and Mark 10:43, Jesus made the same comment. The point is that true leaders influence by serving.

This is why Paul exhorted his spiritual son Timothy in 1 Tim. 4:12 (NAS), “Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity, show yourself an EXAMPLE of those who believe.” Similarly, Paul exhorted his other spiritual son Titus in Tit. 2:7, “In all things show yourself to be an EXAMPLE of good deeds, with purity in doctrine, dignified.” The point here is that not only do true leaders influence others by serving, but that leaders are to be examples and what we would call “role models” in modern-day culture. There is nothing more significant than someone leading by example, showing others and influencing others how to think, act, and be a Christian.

That’s all for this week. Next week, I will discuss how leadership ties into spiritual gifts, especially ascension gift ministers of Eph. 4:11.

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