LEADERSHIP IS A RISKY BUSINESS. Just ask E.J.Smith, Captain of the Titanic. On April 10, 1912, Cpt. Smith sailed from London believing the Titanic was unsinkable. He even boasted to dinner guests that evening that if the ship were sliced into three sections it would still float. He was wrong.
You know the story. The captain ignored six iceberg warnings and ordered his crew “FULL SPEED AHEAD.” The policy manual stated “Moderate speed for maximum safety,” but Cpt. Smith wanted to arrive ahead of schedule, then retire. He didn’t.
At about 11:30 p.m., an iceberg 100 feet tall scraped the Titanic’s side, slicing open more than 200 feet of the ship. Immediately, the boat filled with water. Thomas Andrews, the Titanic’s master builder, knew the boat would sink. He was right.
At 2 a.m. on April 15, 1912, the “unsinkable” ocean liner sank in the frigid Atlantic Ocean with 1,500 passengers and it’s captain. Only 712 survived. THE SHIP WAS SOLID, STRONG; THE LEADERSHIP WASN’T.
LEADERSHIP is leading an organization, a church, a ministry over the seas of life. Leaders are like captains. They set the direction, determine the speed, lead the crew, assume responsibility for others. Church leaders do the same. Some lead very well bringing the church safely to its destination. Others lead poorly,or worse, not at all, seriously injuring themselves and their followers.
Allow me to share with you a model of leadership called SERVANT LEADERSHIP. The model is based on the life and leadership of Jesus Christ. Whatever Jesus did, He did perfectly. Other leaders were good; some were outstanding in their time, but none were perfect. In Jesus we have the greatest leadership model for all time, for all organizations, for all people, for all situations.
Fred Campbell is the President of Living Grace Ministries and former pastor of Grace Church of Ovilla. He can be reached at email@example.com