Over the years I’ve seen a lot of leaders rise and fall. I’ve seen unassuming leaders succeed and great talents fail. It has been, to say the very least, a strange curiosity to watch it all unfold over the years. Only in retrospect could all of this been foreseen. Still we continue to search for leadership secrets like the forty-niner’s of old panned for gold. The title or designation of leader comes to us from many unexpected and unrelated ways.

Sometimes a great invention turns a person into a leader.
Sometimes a great idea defines the leader.
Sometimes a great moment summons forward a great leader.

The invention of a great product from which a great company emerges brings its founder into leadership in their particular field. On many occasions it is a great cause that forges a leader. In critical moments it is a great crisis that causes a leader to rise out of obscurity. It’s strange but to become the leader of the free world you need to be able to win elections.

We call pastors leaders.
We call CEOs leaders.
It’s a heavy burden.
Some are the best of people; but not often the best of leaders.

It is important for us to reclaim the role and definition of leadership, especially when it comes to the movement of Christ and the revolution He started over 2000 years ago. What exactly do we mean by leadership? How is it defined in our particular field with such eternal significance? We lead in time for a timeless cause. I pray that we follow our orchestra conductor and follow His lead…

That way we won’t get distracted by the wrong song.

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