Leading Well

“…just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many." Matthew 20:28 (NASB)

Part of the mission of Covenant Academy is to equip leaders. How do we know what makes a good leader? We hear all the time that leaders are to follow their leaders, to serve God and others, and to lead by their actions, no just their words. Where did this come from, though?

Jesus is the ultimate and perfect example of leadership. He hung around the people who were left out and served those whom He asked to follow Him. However, He served His father most of all which led to serving others. But how do we, as fallen humans, know how to serve God? We have the teachings of the Bible and Jesus’ life as a model for how we ought to live our lives in service to God.

People cannot be leaders just because they want to get their way. We are meant to serve God. We cannot serve God and serve our own will above all else at the same time. By following God’s leadership and his teachings, we will serve him first and then serving others will come naturally. Who likes to follow someone who is bossy and rude anyway? No one. What happens when you and some friends are on the playground and one friend wants to play Knockout but all of the others want to play Tag? The one person could play Tag with the rest of the friends, pout until the others decide to play Knockout, or not play anything at all and have no fun. Which option do you think is honoring to God? It always honors God when we let others have what they want as long as what they want is not bad. If they want to steal or lie, then do not let them have their way.

Because people naturally want to follow the example of others, instead of pouting, we ought to lead by example just as Jesus did. Pouting and forcing others to do what we want will never be satisfying. Humans are only truly satisfied by worshiping God and aligning with His will. When we try to have our way all the time and try to force others to do what we want, we are creating distance between us and God, who is the only source of true satisfaction. We desire things that are not always good for us or for others, but God knows what is best for us. If we follow Him completely, we are doing what is best for everyone.

So how do we become great leaders? First, we follow Jesus who is the greatest example of leadership. Second, we look for leaders in our own lives and imitate them. For instance, we have an amazing group of leaders here who will not be here much longer. We ought to learn from the seniors while we have the chance. Therefore, I challenge you to watch and learn from them and other leaders you see. Most of all, though, I challenge you to learn from Jesus’ example. After all, to be a leader you must follow your Leader.

As part of their training in Rhetoric, our students in grades ten and up are required to develop and present a brief presentation to the school body during Chapel with guidance from their instructors and school curriculum. Each student presentation must be understandable and relevant to all age groups. Sowing seeds of rhetoric training by requiring them speak to all age levels has yielded a harvest for all to enjoy.

This week’s presentation was given by Chessa, one of our tenth grade students (pictured above).