“…whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you shall 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 many.” —Jesus (Matthew 20:26-28)
“Leadership” is the latest trend in the American evangelical church. Influential pastors such as Bill Hybels of Willow Creek in Chicago and Andy Stanley of North Point Ministries in Atlanta stage conferences that are simulcast to hundreds of churches across the country, reaching hundreds of thousands of people.
In the case of the Global Leadership Summit hosted by Hybels, an unusual mix of speakers fills the lineup: from Bishop T.D. Jakes to Melinda Gates to various other “successful” businesspersons, entrepreneurs, and visionaries.
But just what kind of leadership is being taught to churches and Christians? Is it consistent with what the Bible lays out for leaders?