Leadership Lessons from Jesus

jesus leadership May 09, 2019

Can I make a confession? I’m not naturally a “people” person, which is unfortunate since I work in ministry, and ministry is all about serving people. It’s something I have to be aware of and something I have to work on. Jesus didn’t have this problem. Jesus seemed to be the most “people” person to ever walk this Earth, and we see it in how he leads.

Wherever Jesus was, crowds found him. On multiple occasions Jesus left one area to draw away from the crowds only to be followed to the next town. His influence literally changed the world.

The fame and popularity that so many leaders seek today Jesus accomplished 2,000 year ago without the use of TV, radio, newspapers, or the Internet. Let that sink in for a moment.

It truly was amazing.

You and I will never come close to having the influence of Jesus, but I think there are still some important leadership lessons we can learn.

  1. Jesus Led Himself Well – Before Jesus led the masses, he led Himself. In Scripture we read of Jesus facing off with the devil before even beginning his ministry. Then on several occasions we see him withdrawing to quiet places to pray. He kept his relationship with God at the center of everything he did.
  2. Jesus Had Close Friends – We know that Jesus spent a large portion of his time with Peter, James, and John. They saw him in his greatest moments and witnessed his toughest trials. If Jesus had those types of friends, then we should too.
  3. Jesus Led a Small Group – Jesus handpicked twelve disciples to pour into. They watched him do ministry and miracles, and then he gave them authority to do even greater works. Pastor, do you have a group that you’re currently pouring into?
  4. Jesus Led a Big Group – Outside of the twelve, we know Jesus had another larger group of followers that he sent out two by two to do the work of ministry and spread the Gospel. Today, we might call them volunteers.
  5. Jesus Taught the Crowds – Crowds followed Jesus not just because of the miracles he performed, but because of the words he spoke. The crowds didn’t always like or even understand everything he said, but they always wanted to hear more.

Perhaps many of you have dreams and aspirations of speaking to crowds and leading large groups of people. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that, but don’t neglect leading yourselves, making close friends, and training a small group. Those are the relationships that will create your legacy.

Which of these areas do you do well? Which do you need to work on? Let us know by leaving a comment below, and don’t forget, if you love Jesus and ministry, to subscribe to the blog to get tips on church growth, leadership, and more delivered to your inbox each week.

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