“It is easier to go to a consistent extreme
than to stay at the center of biblical tension.”
J. Robertson McQuilkin
Somewhere in the mid-90s, I heard a well-known Christian leader make a statement about the dire need for leaders. His premise was that seminaries had traditionally spent so much time preparing pastors to preach that they had never trained them to lead. His recommendation was that more seminaries train pastors to be leaders. Due to his reputation and my personal friendship with him, I jumped on board and began to argue the same point. I now regret that argument, to an extent. Let me explain.
Since this is a leadership blog and I am presently working on my dissertation for a leadership degree, please understand that I am not disparaging leadership or leadership training. I am, however, disturbed by what I see as a pendulum that has swung too far.
In recent years I have come across personally, and witnessed globally, a trend toward training our pastors to be good corporate leaders who are shallow in their biblical understanding. The seminary now spends as much, if not more, on training good corporate leaders and less on training good spiritual leaders.
As a Christian leader who has been in ministry for over 30 years, I cannot help but ask, “Do we want to be just good leaders, or do we want to be spiritual leaders?” There is nothing wrong with leadership training, but it is terribly wrong if we do not develop spiritual leaders.
J. Oswald Sanders challenged that we need leaders who are “authoritative, spiritual and sacrificial.” As I observe ministry today, I see a dire lack of people who are spiritual and sacrificial. Where are the ones who are willing to give their all to exalt and honor Christ? Where are the ones bearing the “brand-marks of Christ?” (Galatians 6:17)
The idea of branding has taken over the corporate world and has now made its way into the church and ministry circles. I have no problem with the idea and making sure that there is a consistency with our message and our “brand.” I do, however, have a problem when we prepare men and women to be good leaders to the neglect of their walk with the Lord and their seeking after His plan, not just the next best strategy.
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