[This is a continuation from yesterday's post on Leading & Following. I would encourage you to read it first, then join this conversation.]
When I talk of leading - for me - it's always in the context of my life and calling as a Christian. I can't separate the two. And the concept of leading is also intrinsically, spiritually, biblically, and fundamentally tied to the calling of discipleship - the mandate laid out by Jesus Christ to His followers to "Go and make disciples". That said, if we're "leading" and there are others "following", but all they ever do is continue to "follow" - they never start "leading" themselves - is that actually what we're doing? Can you qualify that as leading?
Let me rephrase:
If the people you're leading never venture out to lead others - if they just keep following - are you actually leading them? And if so, what is it you're leading them to do?
If I lead a group of men - let's say 10 men - and I continue to lead those 10 men for 5 years with none of them either stepping up or stepping out to lead others, can we seriously equate that with "leading"...or is it something else? And are they actually "following"? Or are they just being enabled to live inwardly and apathetically?
How do you qualify leading?
What measurement or standard do we use?
Would love to hear your thoughts.