Out of Context: Ruth Haley Barton

"Most Christian leaders sense that there should be something different about our leadership than what is offered in the secular marketplace, but we're not always sure what that is."

-Ruth Haley Barton is a spiritual director, teacher and retreat leader.

Taken from "Is My Leadership Spiritual?" in the Summer 2006 issue of Leadership Journal. To see the quote IN context, you'll need to see the print version of Leadership. To subscribe, click on the cover of Leadership on this page.

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October 18, 2006

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Sam Andress

October 24, 2006  6:09pm

Colin...Amen. Jesus also told the "religious leaders" that they are always so concerned with the outside of the cup, say in our context, the building or program and at the same time they cannot even see what they have become! Then he calls them unmarked graves, signifying them with death and nothingness in Sheol. Perhaps we as pastors need to have our communities preach those Jesus words back at us:)! Peace.

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colin

October 22, 2006  6:24pm

The problem is, understading that I may be taking these out of context musings out of context, that too many North American church leaders are too self-consciously building themselves up as leaders. Jesus said, "The scribes and the Pharisees have seated themselves in the chair of Moses. . . . But do not be called Rabbi; for one is your teacher, and you are all brothers. And do not call anyone on earth your father, for One is your Father, He who is in Heaven. And do not be called leaders; for One is your leader, that is, Christ. But the greatest among you shall be your servant. And whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted." (Matthew 23:2, 8-12 [NAS]) I'm sure the response of many to this would be "Colin, I know what you're saying, but . . ." And therein lies our pride.

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Wayne Field

October 18, 2006  10:11pm

How sad! There is only one difference. When we read Joshua chapter 8 we see that the pagan leaders had many commendable qualities. They displayed zeal, enthusiasm, determination, readiness, dedication, life and energy (i.e. they were not lazy). They were loyal, courageous, wise, vigilant and cooperative. But they still lost the battle with Israel. Why? They did not have an intimate relationship with thier Creator.

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