But the Lord said unto him, he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel…
Those lines characterized the ministry of Paul. A friend of mine occasionally uses the phrase, “transformational leadership.” Pretty noble phrase, if you ask me. Webster defines “transformational” as “a system of grammatical analysis that posits the existence of deep structure and surface structure and uses a set of rules to derive surface structure forms from deep structure.” You say, “What????” Coach Vince Lombardi of the NFL Green Bay Packers had a simpler definition: “Keep it simple, stupid!” As a pastor, I define “transformational leadership” in this way: “The system by which one takes the great theological truths of Christ to make them work in a relevant and productive way in our secular society.” While leadership is not always necessarily rocket science, it is indeed visionary – or it’s not leadership. It might be managerial, but it definitely is not leadership.
Let me put this in tangible form: How do we tap into the enormous treasure lode of young church leadership among us and still maintain our core value system? Many of today’s young spiritual leaders abdicate what they term “the system” to go into independent ministries, free of what they think are restrictions. Ah, but there is a steep price to be paid for that sojourn. Loneliness is part of the price. Lack of accountability is yet another. We must incorporate the vision and energy of today’s youth into the church and yet maintain those biblical, eternal values that keep us holy and acceptable unto God. That, my friend, is a tall order. And that’s where this “transformational leadership” must come into existence. Maintaining status quo is not acceptable.
Jesus was a progressive leader even while He maintained conservative values. That’s transformational!
Prayer: O God, I never want to be status quo in what You have ordained me to do. But I also do not want to renege on those truths of the Gospel that have maintained Your Kingdom on earth. Guide me by Your Spirit, I pray, to always be transformational. Oh, how I thank You for such anointing! Amen.