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Christian Leadership In The Workplace - Katherine Chu

June 03, 2015
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The follow blog post was written by student Katherine Chu and is a wonderful perspective on how we should approach the workplace environment!

Christian Leadership in the Workplace

            What comes to mind when the word ‘leadership’ is brought up?  Perhaps the terms ‘pastor’, ‘general’, or ‘CEO’ might come to mind.  Vocations and positions of management and oversight over large numbers of people and resources might also be synonymous with the word ‘leadership’.  Our initial reaction to the word ‘leader’ often describes one who is authoritative, powerful, judicious, and directive, but is our personal perception of leadership truly accurate?  As Christians, we are given a definition of leadership by Christ himself where, in Luke 22:26, he says “But ye shall not be so: but he that is the greater among you, let him become as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.”

            Are leaders supposed to be servants?  The Biblical definition of leadership may initially seem almost anticlimactic compared to our expected perception of leadership, yet servant-leadership is a mandate from Jesus himself.  We can observe that this commandment can be extended to all Christians in the workforce as a principle to follow.  As Christians, we are called to serve, in which case, there is no discrimination among career positions.  Whether we are employees, employers, partners, or associates, we can serve through consistent actions such as showing respect towards co-workers and clients, exercising integrity over responsibilities entrusted to us, and sharing the love of Christ through our reactions to situations. Leaders are not made of power, instead they are made of service to and consideration of others as a means of reflecting Christ.


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Michael LaPierre June 3, 2015 @ 4:05PM
Great perspective on Christian leadership in the workplace. Thank you for your contribution to our ministry!

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