When we broaden our view of leadership to include the possibilities that exist in our various roles and relationships, then it is clear that God calls all of us to be leaders much of the time through our various roles. So, when we examine what it means to be a Christian leader, then we should begin by recognizing that Christian leadership includes everyone.
This week, I want us to focus our reflections on the essence of Christian leadership, which I believe involves visionary leadership. We might pause here and ask what exactly is visionary leadership? I would define visionary Christian leadership like this:
Visionary Christian Leadership is the art of picturing God’s preferred future for Christians in terms that inspire our souls and invigorate our wills.
I base my definition on the Christian conviction that something profound and earth-changing occurred with the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Through the person Jesus of Nazareth, the Divine breaks into human and natural history, beginning the transformation of the universe. In this transformative event, God’s Reign is established here on earth. Jesus’ Resurrection provides the confirmation that God’s Reign has begun.