I did not choose leadership. In fact, my personality is such that I would rather be left alone so I can get my work done. Having to instruct, guide, encourage, and lead other people is, to me, often a distraction. My goal is to work hard, to be honest, and to have integrity. I have found that when you do those things, leadership seems to find its way to you. Since I am definitely not willing to slack on those goals, I have become content with the fact that I am a leader.
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Everywhere I’ve worked, I have been promoted. Except, that is, at my current job. As the founder, president, and CEO of Got Questions Ministries, there is no higher position to which I can be promoted.
Even in this role, however, I would have been content to be the only employee, doing all the work. God had far more in mind for GotQuestions.org than I did when the site was launched. I thought it would be a hobby. God knew it would grow into one of the most often visited Christian websites in the world. My initial idea of a one-man-show was not God’s plan.
As the ministry has grown, I have had to adjust to being the leader of other employees, and contractors, and volunteers. I definitely do not view them as distractions. I view them as part of the responsibility of being the God-ordained leader of Got Questions Ministries.
Am I sometimes stuck doing administrative work when I would rather be writing articles or publishing content to the websites? Absolutely.
Am I under a delusion that the ministry would be more effective if it was just me? Absolutely not.
So, I gladly spend time administrating, teaching, encouraging, overseeing, and leading because I know that is God’s role for me.
I do not want to be famous. I hope to never have a complete stranger recognize me and exclaim, “Hey look, the GotQuestions guy!” I want GotQuestions.org to be famous, or, more accurately, I want GotQuestions.org to be well-known and often used.
Should God call me to something else, or should God call me home while GotQuestions.org is still around, I want the transition to new leadership to be as seamless as possible.
GotQuestions.org is not about me, and I never want it to be about me.
I want it to be a website that teaches God’s Word and encourages people to accept or reject its teaching based on the study of God’s Word, not based on the fame or name recognition of its leaders.
Leadership is not something to be sought. James 3 gives a warning to teachers, and I believe much of what it says is also a warning to leaders. What we are to seek is to love God with all of our being and to love others (Matthew 22:38-39). We are to work hard, with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord (Colossians 3:22). If we do those things, more often than not, leadership will find its way to you.
Once God has definitively moved you into a leadership position, His purpose in doing so was not so that you could bring glory to yourself. Instead, His purpose is to glorify Himself through you, through how you lead, encourage, and instruct – and how you guide other people into leadership by your example.
S. Michael Houdmann
Got Questions Ministries
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