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A Silent Crisis: The Vanishing Servant Leaders

Updated: May 5

The news came as a shock to me. One of the pastors we had been supporting admitted to enticing one of his members to sexual immorality. Even more galling, he refused to accept church censure, and he held on to his position. The church was eventually divided, a shameful testimony before a watching world.

While the focus has been on the fall of mega-church pastors, there is a silent pandemic spreading in countless churches today. There is a crying need for leaders who have a shepherd’s heart. Please do not misunderstand me. I know there are many faithful church leaders out there. I have been blessed in knowing and growing up with some of the best of them.

But we have to face the grim reality that countless churches are being led by men who seemed not to have learned at the feet of Jesus. Some are so puffed up because of their in-depth theological knowledge, and they look down on others. Others are so insecure they need to hear the constant adulation of their people. Some have no clue about administering a church, careening from one crisis after another. In secular workplaces, scores of Christians (both women and men) are struggling with how to perform their leadership roles as believers in Christ.

Our Lord declared, “For even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). Christian leaders are called to be servants, just like their Master. Servanthood does not mean that a leader is a weakling, without any firm conviction. It also doesn’t mean that he follows all the whims of his people. But what it means is that he strives to serve the people for their good and the glory of the God he serves.

In this series of blogs, I aim to tackle leadership principles and practical issues that affect the day to day life of a Christian leader.

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