Rochelle KP. Thomas
Although the most perfect example of a Christian leader is that of our Lord Jesus Christ, Stott (2002) informs “our model of leadership is often shaped more by culture than by Christ (p.113). He went further to suggest, “Yet many cultural models of leadership are incompatible with the servant imagery taught and exhibited by the Lord Jesus” (Stott, 2002, p.113). According to MacArthur (2002), “2 Timothy 2, for example, Paul uses seven different metaphors to describe the rigors of leadership. He pictures the minister as a teacher (v. 2), a soldier (v. 3), an athlete (v. 5), a farmer (v. 6), a workman (v. 15), a vessel (vv. 20-21), and a slave (v. 24). All those images evoke ideas of…show more content… 2). MacArthur contends, “If the Lord of the universe would do that, no… leader has a right to think of himself as a bigwig” (MacArthur, 2007, “Wanted: a Few Good Shepherds (Must Know How to Wash Feet”, para. 6).
In addition to leading, feeding and nurturing the flock, the shepherd role is also to comfort, correct and protect the flock (MacArthur, 2007, “Wanted: a Few Good Shepherds (Must Know How to Wash Feet)”, para 4). The Book of Ezekiel teaches us that “The Christian leader also comforts the sheep, binding up their wounds and applying the balm of compassion and love. As the great Shepherd of Israel, the Lord Himself promised to “bind up the injured and strengthen the weak” (Ezekiel 34:16) (“What is Christian leadership?”, www.gotquestions.org, 2011, para. 5). Through the journey of self-reflection, we can more fully conceptualize that “as Christians in the world today, we suffer many injuries to our spirits, and we need compassionate leaders who will bear our burdens with us, sympathize with our circumstances, exhibit patience toward us, encourage us in the Word, and bring our concerns before the Father’s throne” (“What is Christian leadership?”, www.gotquestions.org, 2011, para. 5).
According to MacArthur (2007), “spiritual shepherdology demands a godly, gifted, multi skilled man of integrity. Yet he must maintain the humble perspective and demeanor of