A Christian life should be modeled in nothing else apart from the Trinity. Just as each distinct person of the Trinity is identified on the context of a relationship [1], so too must we, Christians, identify ourselves in the context of relationships. Man is not meant to live alone. In Genesis 2:18, God even thought it isn’t good for man to be alone. If God created Eve as Adam’s helpmate that he may not live alone, there is no reason to think that a Christian life can be lived alone.

That having said, effective leaders must lead relationally. John Maxwell, in his book The Five Levels of Leadership thought that leaders often think that position is an end. Not so. it is rather a means to move further up, not positionally, but efficacy. Leaders who cling to their position for leadership will never rise in their efficacy simply because leadership requires empowering. Leaders who are not willing to relinquish their authority to their members so that their members may grow does not only disservice to himself, he also does so to his members.

It goes on to say that leadership in church is different from leadership in commercial organizations. In the church, you don’t get paid to lead. In the church you don’t even get paid to be a member. Leaders in commercial organizations stand on a much higher ground. The members are often compelled to follow the leader because there will be repercussions (usually financially) if they don’t. In the church, if a member choose to walk away from the leader, the repercussions are usually less, if not negligible.

While members usually follow positional leaders in the beginning, they will eventually stop doing so until the leader leads relationally. Leaders in churches are often forced to learn relational leadership because if they don’t, they will soon find themselves without followers.

That having said, it is therefore essential for leaders to lead in humble boldness. Humility is the key to relational leadership. Boldness is the key to non-compromise. Making mistakes is one thing any person can never run away from. It is a reality that pervades a good portion of any man’s life. No one in his right mind expects perfection from anyone else. People expect rather, authenticity. There are no perfect Christians, only authentic ones. There are no sinless Christians, only repentant ones. Humility keeps one’s ego in check, knowing that a Christian life in unlivable in the presence of pride.

Boldness is an attitude of conviction. Christianity is the only belief system that stands on solid ground. Leaders without conviction are nothing more than speakers without passion. Leaders identifies mistakes and act on them. Leaders identifies truth and emphasize on them. Leaders should be willing to stand even before a crowd who stands against the teachings of Christ. Why? Because a leader who is willing to stand up for Christ stands with God. “If God is for Him,” asks Paul, “who can be against him?” (Romans 8:31)

Balancing both humility and boldness is where the challenge comes. Humility without being bold is easy. You just have to be aware of your sins and working it off with God’s help. Boldness without humility is easy. You just have to bark your convictions without the restraint of meekness. To lead with Humble Boldness, now that’s difficult. How do you balance humility and boldness in leading the flock of Christ to the green pasture?

The answer, I think,  is Christ centered modelling (1 Corinthians 11:1).

Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30:

28 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

The ministry of Christ is seasoned with humble boldness.  He leads with uncompromising boldness yet remains humble in heart. While leading with humble boldness is difficult, it is also paradoxically easy (Matthew 11:30). Of course, a leader will remain lacking in effectiveness in its absence.

[1] God the Father is identified in His individuality as the ‘Father’. For a father to become a father, the attribute presupposes that He a child. God the Son presupposes the existence of a Father. Ruwach, the Hebrew word for Spirit, means wind. Just as every movement we perform in light of the physical world causes movement in the air around us and therefore wind, so does every move the Father and Son make in light of reality is not without the Spirit.

 

 

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