Leadership – The Response to Leadership

Posted on February 10, 2012

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A LOOK AT PASTORAL THEOLOGY

Leadership

(Part Six of Six)

THE RESPONSE TO LEADERSHIP

It is a rare person indeed, which no matter the position of leadership they may occupy, does not have someone they themselves are supposed to be submitting to. The way those under a leader submit can, at times, have direct correlation, to how their leader responds to those in authority over them. With the examples we find in the Bible, at bare minimum those in positions of authority are supposed to be submitting to the Lord. Whether we are speaking of a husband and wife relationship, the husband has a responsibility to submit to God. I Corinthians 11:3 – But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God. If the relationship between a pastor and individual members, a pastor once again should be submitting to God.

Jeremiah 23:2 – Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the LORD. We see from this verse an example of leaders who did not follow their head, and as a result led their followers away from the correct path. This verse should instill in all leaders a grave understanding of God’s view of men who will not follow their head while they are in a position of authority. A leader will suffer the consequences of not leading his family like he ought to. In the Old Testament where we find the nation of Israel being led by prophets and kings, they were, at all times, to be listening to, and submitting, to God. If the people a person has leadership over sees their leader not being submissive to a leader higher up the chain of command, it is unlikely that they will respond effectively to your leadership. Which is why, all leaders, must first learn to follow, before they can lead.

I Peter 2:13,14 – Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. There is not a man in a place of leadership anywhere that does not have to submit at times. When that time arises one has an obligation to do so with a good attitude. One should submit for the Lord’s sake. One should submit as an example for his followers. Because followers watch their leaders to see how they respond when it behooves them to submit.

Romans 13:1 – Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. This verse applies here. An effective leader will submit because he understands the principles of leadership and submission. Every power is ordained by God, that means the power and authority you have, and the power and authority that you are under.

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