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Everything Rises and Falls on … “Followership”?

Everyone on the planet is writing books about Leadership! Casually walk through any major bookstore and you will see all kinds of books on the subject. These books promise you can: “Lead Like Jesus”, Lead from the “Second Chair”, Lead with a “Limp”, Lead in a Circle (360 Degrees), become the “Leader You Were Meant to Be” (scary) and of course “Release the Leader In You!”.

While most of us aspire to be leaders the fact is that the vast majority of our lives will be spent following someone else’s cause, direction or mandate. (Even when we have made it our own).

After some digging you will find only two books dedicated to what most of us must,  at some point, embrace. The Power of Followership, published in 1992 by Robert Kelley, and The Courageous Follower, published in 1995. They are not big sellers or are reserved for academic types who really need to stay behind closed doors anyway but they are pivotal works (secular) on the importance of being able to follow well.   “ZZZZZZZZZ…..snort, snort…wha… ?”

Ok, Here is the point: Most of us are terrible followers. We bristle when told we must do something that we don’t want to do…..And for the Christian, their faith will mean nothing to a lost and dying world if they cannot follow well. I spoke to a Godly Christian business man who employes a couple hundred people. He expressed a peculiar frustration: Of all of his personnel problems, the vast majority have to do with the Christians that he hired. (In large part because of their common faith, he assumed that these folks would be the ones who worked the hardest, had integrity and would be loyal to him.) He found many to feel entitled, lazy, untrustworthy and disloyal. A stinging indictment to be sure.

A Few Problems with Following:

  1. WE ARE AMERICANS!  Nobody tells us what to do! Our whole country was established based on the principle: Don’ t tell me what I can or cannot do!”
  2. LITTLE LAWYERS rise up inside of us whenever we are told we have to do something (Parent, boss, cop, organizational leader etc…) We question their authority, their direction and even their lineage!
  3. ABUSIVE LEADERS ABOUND! We have all had to submit to the authority of someone who abused their authority either by decree or neglect.
  4. WE HAVE REBELLIOUS HEARTS. (Jeremiah 17:9)


  1. God expects you to follow an unbelieving, unfair, mean, etc… boss, teacher, cop, parent, president, chairman and “grand poobah”! For it is God who established the authority in your life. (1 Peter 2)
  2. Authority in your life represents ORDER and not VALUE. In other words, someone’s authority has nothing to do with their value. (Contratary to Secular Humanism, scripture actually encourage followers of Christ to become less and less in their submission to both Christ and “every authority instituted among men” (John 3:30/1 Peter 2:13)
  3. Following a boss well gives you a unique platform to share what is really important, faith in Jesus Christ? You stand out “like a sore thumb”! How can you ever be a “light in a dark world” if your own bosses (and others) question your integrity or work ethic or loyalty?
  4. If we are unable to follow the authority that we can see, how can we follow the authority we cannot see? (John 4:20, interp)
  5. God uses an unfair authority figure to make us better….. (James 1:3)
  6. Scripture says rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft…. in other words not good at all.  (1 Sam 15:23)

While we are all busy learning how to be better leaders…we may want to pay a little more attention to following whomever God has placed in authority over us.

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Posted by on February 24, 2010 in Discipleship, Leadership


Saturday Morning “Brain Dump” 2-6-10

Here are s few dangling thoughts that I can’t really attach to any complete entries…

  • IT IS POSSIBLE for a 10 year old boy to inflict great pain on his father while wrestling!  Just saying.
  • STAFF EVALUATIONS are a great chance to encourage and support the staff. Especially when they are ridiculously talented, faithful and love the Lord.  This week starts the process of looking back over the last 12 months and celebrating what God is doing in the life of the ministerial and support staff at FBC. They are the “crème of the crop”!
  • SINGLES MINISTRY RESURRECTION has begun! Every week God brings more single young adults to FBC and to the “Single Focus” Midweek Gathering. 6:30pm Wednesdays,  if you can be there!
  • CHRISTIANITY 101! WITH BLESSING COMES CRITICISM! While we are all willing to learn from our mistakes (of which I make plenty) the venom with which they are pointed out has a huge bearing on my willingness to accommodate the issue. Yes, there is a story there… No, I will not share it.
  • NOT ONLY IS IT “More Blessed to Give than to Receive”……. it is more fun!
  • A MARK OF BEING A CHRISTIAN is COMPASSION. Jesus had compassion for folks. He saw them as sheep without a shepherd, lost and without hope.  (Mark 6:24, Luke 7:33 etc…)
  • SOLD MY TRUCK. Real sad day. Pretty sure I had an unhealthy attachment to that hunk of steel! Oh well, good decision.  “sniff, sniff.”THERE IS A POINT IN A PERSON’S LIFE where the PAIN OF SELLING A BELOVED VEHICLE is outweighed by the PAIN OF WRITING A MONTHLY CHECK!
  • SUCCESS IS POLARIZING! When God is doing something special in a church, critics come out of the woodwork…… like termites.
  • MY “BROWN EYED GIRL” lights up a room by just smiling. (Silver Braces add to the shine!)
  • iPHONE APPS ARE ADDICTIVE…. Spurgeon, iBomber, Logos, Dragon Dictation… Pretty sure the iPhone runs on MAGIC!  Really.
  • HEARING SERMON AFTER SERMON without the slightest intent of putting it into practice makes you cynical, critical and eventually kills your faith.  (James 1:22)
  • The CHRISTIAN MUSIC INDUSTRY is an interesting mix of Amazing Worship Opportunities, Secular Marketing Techniques, Sincere performers, God Inc., Prima Donnas, Shepherds, Pretenders, over-stylized niche singers, fantastic talent….. for sure an accurate reflection of the Church.  (too strong?)
  • CAN’T WAIT FOR THE M.E.G.A. CONFERENCE! Learn a lot, laugh a lot. Looking forward to meeting some new folks too.  Always an encouraging few days!

Whew….that is a load off my mind!

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Posted by on February 6, 2010 in Brain Dump