by Vic Francis, pastor of Shore Vineyards
“If God has called you to lead, let nothing stand in the way of the privilege you have to serve him and to serve his people through applying the gift, the resources and the opportunity he has provided to you. You are among a special group of people who have been identified by him for a challenging but rewarding task: leading his people to victory” (George Barna).
The three leaders I have most intimately served under are three very different men. One is an “A-type” make-it-happen kind of guy; another a prophetic, charismatic, dominate-a-room type; the third has a teaching-encourager style of leadership.
All of them have inspired me and called me forward; none of them is a complete blueprint for the way I lead. And that’s as it should be.
It took me years to accept that I was a leader at all, and then it took me years more to work out what kind of a leader I am.
I have learned that every leader is different – different backgrounds, different skills, different callings, different eras, different environments, different challenges.
I have valued each of those three men who have been key leaders in my life, but ultimately I have had to take the best and find my own leadership style. We will always have people who inspire us and draw us forward, but anything we see and learn must pass through the filter of who we are and what God has called us to do.
I love this quote from Episcopal priest Robert Capon: “I have never done an honest day’s work as a clergyman. In fact, I hate, despise, and avoid at least half the things clergypersons are supposed to do. I love preaching, celebrating the Eucharist, teaching and counselling; so I have done those things just for the joy of it. I am also moderately fond of administration (which I delight in doing as quickly as possible), and I am more than a little enamoured of ecclesiastical politics (which I have pursued with relish, if not success). But I have little love for writing newsletters, attending other people’s meetings, paying house calls, or visiting in the hospital; so (since they are no fun), I have done as little of them as I could get away with.”
I don’t know if I agree with Capon completely (he seems a bit self-indulgent and unrealistic), but I think what he says is worth pondering as we discover how to be the leaders God has called us to be.