Nancy Ortberg on the Kind of Leader to Learn From
There's no lack of potential role models and inspiration for pastors today. But conflicting motives, views about ministry, and the constant bombardment of ministry media mean that the voices worth listening to can sometimes be hard to identify. Leadership consultant, pastor, and regular Leadership Journal contributor Nancy Ortberg contributes an excellent interview for our sister site Gifted for Leadership, that includes seasoned advice on what kind of leaders that leaders today should learn from to reach the next generation:
As you scan the horizon, who do you see doing leadership well?
Look for those leaders who are doing a couple of things: who are, first of all, leading at the intersection of passion and humility. That's a tension that's really necessary, but it's difficult to manage well without God. So leaders who are passionate about the force the church can be in the world, and the difference it can make, and have humility to know they don't have all the answers. They are one of us, not elevated over us.
Look for leaders who are helping churches to understand that, with less and less people going to church, church as usual is not going to reach people for Jesus. And that we are going to have to go out into our communities and get involved in social justice issues, and serving the marginalized, and education, and poverty, and trafficking in a very authentic way, for us to earn the right, and regain the reputation, that those who follow Jesus love those things and are involved in those things. People aren't breaking down the doors of the church to get into churches anymore. So follow leaders who know that it's going to take a different kind of church to reach this next generation.
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