Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Ministry Flows Out of Relationships

A great book on leadership is Reviewing Leadership: A Chirstian evaluation of current approaches by Robert Banks and Bernice M. Ledbetter. This is from the excellent "Engaging Culture" series from Baker Academic.

I like this quote from the authors:

"Emerging leaders like people because they thrive on relationships. The presence of people energizes rather than drains them . . . Fellowship and minstry flows from relationships . . . Consequently, leaders must embody the values they would encourage in others."

Ministry flows from relationships. I so much believe in this, which is why I try to spend time with both Christians and non-Christians in relational type settings. Church leaders often spend far too much time in meetings, rather than being out amongst people. How many many meetings do we find in Scripture? Not many. But we do see Jesus eating with people, spending time with them, and sharing life with them.

Link to Amazon for this book:

Do you feel that you know your leader or the people whom you are seeking to lead?


Anonymous said...

Amen, brother Ben. Three levels of leadership: 1)Too far out in front, hence they elect a new leader, 2)Too far behind, that is not a leader - that is a follower, 3) Amongst the people, the true leader is there with his/her people, hence relationships and the True Leader. James

James said...


I've always liked that definition of a leader.