What is a Leader?

“But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be a slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:43-45

As we prepare for our annual Summit, I think about my leadership and the leadership in our church. What have we done that was effective in the past year? What can we do to further our effectiveness in the coming year? Simon Sinek is a business writer and speaker that can provide some interesting thoughts and points on leadership that we can use in the church.

Leadership is not a position, it is an attitude and a way to live. Like it or not someone is always watching you and so the question is “what kind of example will you display?” To be even more accurate Leadership is Servanthood. A leader is someone who looks out for the benefit of others, a way to me of service to others. Leadership is not because of privilege or family status it is from the heart.


Leadership also involves risk, a leader is often the first to step out and take the risk the situation. With that risk comes the reward. We can enjoy the benefits because our leadership comes at a price. When it becomes bad is when a leader neglects their responsibility to be of service to others.

We all may not have the title of “leader”, but none the less we all lead someone if not at church, maybe at work, or at home. We have a responsibility to others and that responsibility often means a personal sacrifice for the benefit of the group. Our challenge is to become the leader you have been called to be. (whatever that may look like) Take a look at the shadow that you cast and ask yourself if the things you do line up with your passion/purpose.

Kyle Duncan

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