Our world has no shortage of information on leadership. A Google search on the topic will produce results ranging from: “10 traits every good leader must possess” to “4 essential elements of great leadership”—and much more.
While there are many good things church leaders can learn from secular leadership models, all of them—for one reason or another—will fall short of the standard set by our Savior. The leadership model of Jesus isn’t popular based on what’s trendy today. After all, his leadership was marked by profound self-denial (Phil. 2:7), leading him to death on a cross (Phil. 2:8).
And yet any healthy, biblical leadership will follow in his footsteps.
Likewise, Peter urged elders not to be domineering, but humble; not greedy, but exemplary servants of sheep (1 Pet. 5:1–5). Leadership is not lordship—it’s about following Jesus and inviting others to join you. Therefore, in order to plant healthy churches, we need healthy leaders.
I’m excited to have Josh Hedger with me on the podcast today to discuss leadership in church planting.