The Global Leadership Summit is a two-day event that is telecast LIVE from Willow’s campus near Chicago every August to more than 300 locations in North America. A brain child of Willow Creek Community Church led by Pastor Bill Hybels, this event features experts in the arena of leadership in lecture and interview formats. Worship music and dramas are also incorporated into the event. The faculty for this year included Pastor Sam Adeyemi of Day Star Christian Center in Lagos, Nigeria where I grew up. I was impressed at how he described leadership as it exists in that part of the world. In his words “leaders are seen as superior to followers. So they are never receive feedback, they never take correction, they never empower people to come up to their level. I was born into a system where a leader is always right no matter what the case may be”.
“True leadership must be for the benefit of the followers, not the enrichment of the leaders.” – Robert Townsend
From my experience, Pastor Sam is very correct and the church is very guilty of this. We are always building leaders to obey our orders and never get to use their creativity and never tap into their potentials. Mostly, we chose people into leadership without preparing them for leadership so they can keep coming to us every now and then with each and every need. We would not be the church Christ expects us to be if we continue operate under the ‘master is lord over servant’ system which is what Jesus actually came to destroy.
The church is really a hospital for lost souls and not an exclusive club for saints.
The role of the modern church in the life of the 21st-century believer is critical. It is the bedrock of faith and answers to humanity’s deepest needs. It also exists to meet the needs of men and women as it brings the good news of the salvation message of Jesus Christ. The church, truly, is about people because they come expecting Bible-based answers to questions no other institution can correctly provide. Hence the need for raising leaders to follow biblical principle of servanthood.
“Leadership is an opportunity to serve. It is not a trumpet call to self-importance.” -J Donald Walters
It is time we do away with all and any excuses and continue to prepare men and women, through proper training to lead the church throughout the millennium. It is never too late for the right foundation to be laid for effective and strategic leadership in the church. Now is the right time to become the church Christ expects it to be.