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We all want to be good leaders... but what does it take to be a good follower?

Main Idea: Good Leader, Better Follower

By: Jeremiah Vik

Executive Director, YFC Imperial Valley 


Everyone wants to be a leader...maybe because following doesn't feel as important as leading.


Just a few months into my first ministry role as a youth pastor, I was standing on the sidelines at a church volleyball league tournament watching my youth team play their hearts out.  As I approached a referee to ask a question about a call, the answer was out of his mouth before I could open mine, "Would you please go sit with the other kids? I'm only talking to adults and coaches!"


I felt pretty unimportant that day. It wasn't so much because I was mistaken for being younger than I was-I was shaving at least once a week and hadn't had a pimple in months!  No, it was the fact that I wasn't recognized as a leader.  I was told to go sit with the other followers.


It's only been within the last few years that I've begun to truly embrace my role as a follower and recognize the importance of following.  I am realizing that being a good follower is characteristic of being a good leader.  In fact, leadership and followership are inextricably tied.  You will never be a better leader than you are a follower; and as a leader, you never stop following.


When Jesus called His disciples, His words were simple, "Come, follow..." But somehow over the years and the busyness of directing ministry and staff, we have begun to hear: "Come, lead..."


The truth is, the Kingdom needs more followers. That doesn't mean we need less leaders. We just need more leaders who know how to follow and model followership well.  "Lead by example," we say--but are we displaying a good example of following?


In my life, that means being more teachable, coachable, and humble...

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From the Executive Director's desk...
Jesus models the perfect "servant leader", one who lays down his life for his friends.  He gave us an incredible example of how to literally love others into the Kingdom of God.  Are we servant leaders in our church? In our family?  In our day-to-day working world?  Are we modeling Christ, and so leading others lovingly to the Kingdom?  Additionally, all of us need to learn to be good followers especially as we learn to follow Christ in our daily lives.    Sometimes it is easiest to lead by decree... and harder to lead as a servant, and still harder to follow.  There are times when the most godly act is to lay down our rights and put aside our own will.  Ask God where this applies in YOUR life! 
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