People were created to love God and neighbor. They were created to care for and keep the world [Genesis 2:15]. To create flourishing. They were not created to sow power and reap abuse.
As we watch current events unfold we are seeing the results of narcissism in bold and deeply disturbing colors.
When I faced off with my mission's leadership, I needed a friend. Sam was there all along preparing me for the stand I needed to take.
Reading the early part of Paul's letter to Titus is at once like sitting at a brightly lit sidewalk cafe with a freshly brewed coffee in hand and curled up in a corner in depression. We need these kinds of leaders.
How difficult is it for Christian leaders to end well? I will try not to be too cynical. Many years ago, I attended a young adults retreat. The speaker shared with the ragtag group of college students gathered at Fort Huachuka army base that the odds are against finishing well as Christians. I don't remember … Continue reading Good Leadership Gone Bad
In the church we seem to have low standards for giving leadership and high standards for removal from that leadership.
A fundamental character trait of good leaders is humility. However, the church continues to create more James MacDonalds, James Bakkers, Mark Driscolls, Bill Hybels, Jerry Falwell Jrs....etc.
I think I have King Ahab figured out...he is a people-pleaser. How people-pleasing and leadership can make a mess.
There are a number of indicators of abusive leadership and it is important to be able to diagnose toxic leadership and root it out from your organization. Because it will kill your organization.
If you are on the side of the oppressed...you are on the side of the Lord.