Ever heard the phrase, “it’s lonely at the top?” While this is difficult and proven reality in a number of ways, I fear that many leaders unknowingly contribute to this problem and wrongly push themselves toward isolation instead of embracing the concepts of teamwork and the body of Christ that are so frequent throughout Scripture. One of the greatest leadership lessons I have learned so far is the undeniable power of developing a team, working with them, and leading through them.
The Bible teaches us in Ephesians 4 that “Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”
If we really believed this passage – that God has a plan for us and that the Holy Spirit has given each believer a set of spiritual gifts – we would leverage our positions and recognize our responsibility to call out those purposes and gifting’s in those we are leading. Leadership is not about getting everything done yourself, or even getting things done the way you think they should be done. It’s not about getting people to listen to you, follow you, or submit to your authority. What we see demonstrated in Paul’s writings, his work with other Christ-followers (Timothy, Barnabas, Luke, etc.), and even in the life and leadership of Jesus himself is a constant equipping and empowerment of other people.
Make room for other people to get involved in the ministry of the Gospel! Raise them up and share the load. Instead of viewing others as a threat to your ministry or position, recognize the unbelievable potential that can be reached as a team that you may never be able to accomplish on your own. From the greatest commandments to the great commission, we are taught that our walk with God is lived out not just in our commitment to Him but our love for and cooperation with the body He has placed us in. So be encouraged that you are not walking alone, and find ways to demonstrate the value you place in your sisters and brothers in Christ. You will be amazed at all that lies ahead!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Charity Allen is a wife, mom to one with another on the way, and a firm believer in the ministry of the local church. Charity currently serves as the Women’s Life Director at Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, VA. She is passionate about women learning and doing Scripture, pursuing their role within the body of Christ, and stewarding their influence within their homes, communities, and workplaces.