When I introduced it as a necessary skill for disciple makers, I defined leadership as influence.
But what does this look like – how is it that we seek to influence others as disciple makers?
Here are some statements I recently heard from other disciple makers:
“Being a disciple maker means bringing people to Jesus and showing them how to follow him.”- Jim Lilly
I influence others as a disciple maker by “serving and listening.“- Gus Tidlund
I “show [others] the example of Christ.” – Dimitar Lazarov
We are to “model life as Jesus did.”- Paresh Haldar1
These insights highlight two important principles:
First, disciple makers are leaders because we very intentionally seek to influence others. This is underscored by some of the words we use to describe what we do: bring, show, listen, serve and model.
Second, disciple-making leaders are not concerned with accumulating followers for themselves. Instead, our goal as disciple-making leaders is to help more people become followers of Jesus.
- How does this understanding of leadership reflect your practice of discipleship?
- In what ways might you become a better disciple maker by becoming a better leader?
Share your thoughts and make it a conversation!
1See other insights at dmm on the city.