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“leaders who faithfully carry out Jesus’ instructions to the church are bound to be transformational.”

There is a critique of the contemporary church in that there is a tendency on the part of church leadership toward over-reliance on secular management theories and techniques, as eloquently stated by John Piper in his book Brothers We Are Not Professionals.[1] In general I agree with this assessment and hope to keep central in my own leadership the fact that the church, the ἐκκλησία, is not a secular organization but a “called out” people; “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. (1 Peter 2:9 ESV).

Yet I believe that by its very nature transformational leadership theory, though stated and developed by secular scholars, is well fitted to the mission of the church because of its focus on something higher and greater. It is my contention that the very nature of organizing a group of people to live out the gospel is transformational. Jesus’ leadership was transformational before Burns defined it for the contemporary world, and leaders who faithfully carry out Jesus’ instructions to the church are bound to be transformational.

 

[1] John Piper, “Brothers We Are Not Professionals,” Desiring God (blog), n.d., accessed May 16, 2014,http://www.desiringgod.org/books/brothers-we-are-not-professionals.

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