Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Leading by Following

"...gospel-centered leadership is essentially leading by following."

"We are first followers before we are great leaders."

"Non of us ever graduate from the gospel to move on to something else; rather, we continue to grow into the fullness of the gospel more and more. A gospel-centered leader continues to trust wholeheartedly in the provision and sufficiency of the gospel, leading others to do the same. The natural pipeline for leadership is first learning to be led by Christ ourselves, then leading others, then leading other leaders, and finally learning to lead with other leaders."

 -Matt Chandler, Creature of the Word: The Jesus Centered Church,  pages 168 -169 (italics in the original)