“Sustaining Leadership Practices for Church Growth in Cambodia” / Part 14 /

2.1.  Leadership is a stewardship

As the local congregations here, we always treat pastors as our leaders, and our leaders are our pastors, for they have the significance of the calling by their congregations to leadership takes on even better consequence in hardship times. Pastors feed their sheep when they are hungry. Pastors are being with them when they are lonely. Pastors care for them when their sheep need love. Pastors serve their congregations by heart, repeatedly. “Leadership is about everything”[1], present by Robert R. Blake and Jane S. Mouton, in their final analysis. A leader can be the pastor, and pastor can be the leader. In order words, leadership is stewardship and stewardship is leadership. If somehow, we look at this secular world, leadership is something about establishing power, gaining reputation, building status, and having top position. Moreover, leaders in this world have built a stairway on people so that they can easily step on.  But from the biblical study, this is probably more than any other concept in this world that Jesus Christ turned the principle of leadership upside down. Repeatedly, Jesus outlined that spiritual leadership is completely different from this secular world leadership. More or less, we can define Jesus’ concept is that the exact opposite of what the world says as to what a real leader is.

In Christian leadership, leaders or pastors need to have a humble heart and seek to love, willing to serve, promote and develop others. As the Lord of stewardship, Jesus teaches his disciples that, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. Yeah it will not be so among you; but whosoever want to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever wish to be first among you, let him be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for all. This is the most crucial part of Jesus’ teaching about how can we divide Christian leadership and secular world leadership, which Christian leadership is all about stewardship and is mainly concentrated on serving others. Another most precise example is when Jesus kneed down and washed His disciple’s feet, which we can find in the book of John 13, in order to point out His stewardship of leadership.

Therefore, to put in short of this part I may comment that the best of people’s knowledge, accountability, facility, speech, and resources will be counted for useless if leadership is ineffective and cannot influence the will and heart of followers. In other words, leaders or pastors must be glued to the leadership of stewardship. Somehow, the people of faith is liked other work of steward leadership, for it is based on the energetic, dynamic, lively and responsible use of the gifts God has given to them[3]. On top of that, it also depends on the work of the Spirit of God weaving those gifts into a rich tapestry[4]. Steward leadership is a gift from God, guide through the Holy Spirit, confirm by the congregational of the church for the ministry of serving others and the portrait of the Body of Christ. Steward leadership is the amaze, mystery, gorgeous and elegant work of God through the life of leaders or pastors. Both pastor and leader are in the role of leadership and it is, in essence, a service of stewardship. And this kind of stewardship leadership must be adjusted to the proper stewardship of purpose, time, resources, opportunities, challenges, and energies of the people of God that vital ministry and mission take place. Leaders are indeed good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 

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