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No More Leaders March 25, 2010

Posted by Phil Groom in Church, Life, Theological Reflection.
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The Bible, the church and the world are full of them: leaders. Powerful, driven people in powerful positions driving and shaping our lives, our society and even our thoughts and beliefs. They walk all over us, they talk all over us and behind closed doors they talk about us and dream up strategies to save us.

And somewhere — not high up above, but somewhere down below, here amongst us — God strips naked and kneels, wraps a towel around his waist, and washes our feet.

And I… at last, at long last, I think I begin to understand. I understand why God came amongst us as a man. Not to show us male leadership, as many in the church would have it, but to turn that leadership, that arrogance and dominance, on its head. To serve. To be amongst us one who serves.

And you… you want to be a leader? To be in control? Then, like Christ, you must set that aside. All your dreams, all your plans: they’re nothing, nothing at all, and they will take you nowhere except, perhaps, to an early grave.

And those who say leadership is male? They’re probably right: because leadership is folly. It is not the way of Christ. The way of Christ is service. Service that gives, and goes on giving; and for those who serve there is neither male nor female, no gay, straight or in between: we are all the same, all one in Christ Jesus.

Say goodbye to leadership, with all its trappings of power and control. Strip yourself naked, wrap a towel around your waist and go, wash your neighbours’ feet.


1. David Marriott - March 25, 2010

I have nothing to say but thank you for this timely reminder. Blessings.

2. Carole B - March 28, 2010

Exactly right. I have seen too many leaders who become bullies, or detached from reality. The servant is right down there, where it’s at. Happy Easter one and all.

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