The topic of leadership is so 'in' right now. This section of local bookstores seems to be growing faster than any other. I should know, because I frequent it way too frequently. I do so because I'm fascinated with leadership. My entire ministry career has been spent in larger 'mega-church' settings that have all put an emphasis on the importance of leadership. Before coming to Saddleback, I served in San Diego on John Maxwell's team (it doesn't get a whole lot more leadershippy than that!).
The topic of leadership in the local church is a BIG one. Here's my very simple thought:
I want to experience joy and fulfillment in my role and calling of being a Pastor. It seems like being a 'Pastor' has lost it's mojo in recent years because the role of being a 'leader' has crept in and stolen it. I'm called to be a Pastor first. If I was called to be a leader first, I'd certainly live that calling out in a higher paying and less stressful environment. I'd look for one of those corporate jobs that has a massive pay-out clause when I get canned. But I'm called to be a Pastor and the local church is where that happens best.
Sure I want to be a better leader along the way, but maybe I need to step away from the leadership isle of the bookstore and into the pastoral isle every now and then...if I can stil find it.