Aug 23 2011
Here's to "Religious Leaders", Jesus-Style

 

So Americans are losing faith in "religious leaders". 

I'm not.

I mean, sure, if "religious leaders" means office-holders at religious organizations who love being experts or "sought-after speakers" or CEO/visionaries or who build churches around their own personal awesomeness, well then, okay, you've got me.  Just being honest:  I have lost some faith in that kind of leadership.

But not leadership, Jesus-style.  No, for those people, those servant-hearted men and women whose names you may never see on a book at a Christian Bookstore (TM), I thank God.  I've not lost faith in them.  They've shown me how God is at work, and the way He works is shocking:  He raises the humble, the weak, the unlikely.  He says "THIS is how you lead", and then He washes the feet of a motley bunch of liars, betrayers, and sinners with no earthly status whatsoever. 

That's what Jesus called "authority".  It's upside-down style. 

So -- and I know I'll sound like the beer commercial, but:  Here's to you, Jesus-style leaders.  I may not know who you are, by name.  Not here.  Not yet.  Good thing God knows who you are, though, and He doesn't need you to be on a stage, or under lights, and He doesn't need to read your book, to know you. 

In my little list below, "Leaderman" will likely accomplish some impressive things, and earn some applause.  But -- speaking for myself, at this point of my life?   I can't get enough of the other kind.  So here's to you, servant leaders.

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Servant Leader:  Has something to say
LeaderMan:  Wants a platform on which to say something


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LeaderMan:  You almost feel you know his family, because he's your Leader
Servant Leader:  You allow him to influence you, because you know his family

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LeaderMan: Wants you to know he's a Leader
Servant Leader:  You're not sure *he* knows he's a leader


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LeaderMan:  Loves the idea of the Gospel, and the idea of The Church
Servant Leader: Loves God and the actual individual people God brings across his path


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LeaderMan:  A great speaker, but self-described as, "Not really a people person."
Servant Leader:  Makes himself a people person


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LeaderMan:  Helps you find where God is leading you in his organization
Servant Leader:  Helps you find where God is leading you


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LeaderMan:  Gets together with you to talk about his vision
Servant Leader:  Just gets together with you


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LeaderMan:  Resents "sheep stealing"
Servant Leader:  Doesn't get the "stealing" part, since he doesn't own anyone to begin with


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LeaderMan:  Wants the right people on the bus
Servant Leader:  Wants to find the right bus for you, and sit next to you on it


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Servant Leader:  Shows you his whole heart
LeaderMan:  Shows you a flow chart


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LeaderMan:  A visionary who knows what the future looks like
Servant Leader:  Knows what your kitchen looks like


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LeaderMan:  Everybody must be excellent!
Servant Leader:  Excellent at welcoming everybody, even the inept


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LeaderMan:  Talks about confronting one another in love
Servant Leader:  Actually confronts you in love


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LeaderMan:  Impressed by success and successful people
Servant Leader:  Impressed by faithfulness


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LeaderMan:  Invests time in you, if you are "key people"
Servant Leader:  Wastes time with you


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LeaderMan:  Reveals sins of his past
Servant Leader:  Reveals sins of his present


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LeaderMan:  Gives you things to do
Servant Leader:  Gives you freedom


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LeaderMan:  Leads because of official position
Servant Leader:  Leads in spite of position


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LeaderMan:  Deep down, threatened by other Leaders
Servant Leader:  Has nothing to lose

 

Comments (10) -

8/23/2011 2:11:47 PM
Mark Stanford United States
Mark Stanford
I have to give a thumbs up on this one. I know Brant but mostly from listening and a little from a personal experience where he opened his home and family up to me and shared a meal. He "practices" what he preaches. That's what Jesus did. Jesus didn't judge and neither does Brant. Jesus was after the sinnner not the person that tried to impress you with his perfection. My opinion is Brant mirror's Jesus actions and that is far better than trying hard to be perfect or the perfect preacher.
Mark Stanford
8/23/2011 2:32:42 PM
Sara Beth United States
Sara Beth
Love love love this!
8/23/2011 3:45:42 PM
rob
rob
Awesome.
8/23/2011 7:30:54 PM
Lindsay United States
Lindsay
I love this because I left my church a while ago because our pastor was kicked out. I didn't leave because I felt obligated to go to my pastor's new church. I left because I had felt that our church had become some sort of monarchy and it didn't feel like a home to me anymore. I'm seventeen and the only christian in my family. I want to feel like I still have a home to turn to when my family is falling apart. I don't go to church much anymore because every church that I've tried is basically the same. I'm sick of all the LeaderMen! What happened to just loving God and not caring about the money?
8/24/2011 3:54:06 PM
Dawn United States
Dawn
I can't tell you how much you are missed in S. Fla.  You impacted my life so much and my mornings will never be the same.  Keep up the good work and CaliforinIa - YOU ARE SO LUCKY TO HAVE BRANT!!!
8/25/2011 10:02:57 AM
Melissa United States
Melissa
I've recently realized that my spiritual self-esteem was crumbling because I desired to be like those LeaderMen (or LeaderPeople) that I saw.  

I could be "perfect" all the time, I didn't have that charisma, and a little bit of me just stopped trying.

God showed me that I was letting myself be attacked by these negative thoughts and I just needed to be me, use what gifts God has given me, and not compare myself to others.

Thanks for reminding me to be the servant leader, not the leader(wo)man!
8/26/2011 11:30:46 AM
Vic United States
Vic
Really? My faith actually does not lie in men or what men have to say. My faith is in and with God, Jesus (Lord and Savior) and His holy word. God speaks to everyone (yes, even you Brant) but we often times don't realize it is Him speaking, sometimes we think it is just us talking to ourselves mentally. Once we learn to listen, life is totally more amazing.
8/29/2011 3:39:28 PM
Nohemi Cardenas United States
Nohemi Cardenas
hey brad u r.... god made u a unique person be the way u want 2 b just keep straight with god
9/3/2011 12:18:53 PM
Brandy United States
Brandy
I feel the same way about people these days.  I can't find the church that is run by servent leaders so I do my own church now with air 1 everyday and I thank god for such a great well rounded station and I wait for God to help me find a place with others where we can discuss how great he is together.  With how rough it is out there today sometimes I think the Lord is keeping us faith based people apart to get closer to our bestfriend Jesus and making sure that relationship is grounded before we can build relationships with others.  Thanks again God bless.
4/8/2012 8:50:12 AM
Kayla United States
Kayla
Amazingly well said! Smile
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