Gleanings: Leading as Good Shepherds

Nouwen continues his look at healthy and authentic leadership in his meditation in Bread for the Journey(April 13).  I want to continue to pass these words of wisdom on to you….

Spiritual leadership is the leadership of the Good Shepherd.  As Jesus says, good shepherds know their sheep, and their sheep know them (see John 10:14).  There must be a true mutuality between shepherds and their sheep.  Good leaders know their own, and their own know them.  Between them is mutual trust, mutual openness, mutual care, and mutual love.  To follow our leaders we cannot be afraid of them, and to lead our followers we need their encouragement and support.

About Steve Harper

Dr. Steve Harper is retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 45 books. He is also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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1 Response to Gleanings: Leading as Good Shepherds

  1. Bread for the Journey is great! I haven’t read it in a while. Need to pick it back up. Thanks for posting these thoughts on spiritual leadership and mutuality.

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