There’s this idea that leaders are individuals who are born with naturally gifted abilities to lead others. We often have this image of leaders only being the vocal person, who is visionary and driven to accomplish goals. However, there is more to leadership than that. This week, we began to reframe our understanding of leadership that invites all of us to participate as leaders for the advancement of God’s kingdom.
God has created every one of his children with unique strengths and needs that bring forth the necessity of unity and leadership. He gifts some with the ability to speak with clarity, while others are master encouragers. He stirs up in some people to make a difference in Canada, while also calling others to serve in Australia. There are needs all around us, locally and globally. The question is are we going to be willing and available to serve God as active leaders that fulfill the needs of our communities?
After further reflection on leadership, I have concluded that God is calling us all into leadership opportunities. This does not mean that we need to have everything all together; it just means that we are willing to show up faithfully and trust in God that he will use us to bring about the mending of places and people. This will involve us listening to the Holy Spirit for guidance and communicating frequently with others to truly understand the needs around us. This is what a leader does; they have eyes that see and ears that hear what the world requires.
Here are examples of areas in my life that God is calling me to be a leader in. God has placed
in my heart to be a leader that empowers men to be how God created them to be and not what
culture says they should be. He also calls me to take leadership in being a servant by observing those around me and intentionally supporting their needs as human beings on an emotional and spiritual level. God has continually encouraged me that leadership does not have to be grandiose; it can look small and yet play a significant role in cultivating unity. With that being said, I invite you to reflect on what God is calling you to be a leader in?