The Right Kind of Leaders, by A.W. Tozer

  The right kind of leaders,
By A.W.Tozer
*Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by
compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly, nor as being
lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. --1
Peter 5:2,3

*I believe that it might be accepted as a fairly reliable rule of thumb that
the man who is ambitious to lead is disqualified as a leader. The Church of
the Firstborn is* *no place for the demagogue or the petty religious
dictator. The true leader will have no wish to lord it over God's heritage,
but will be humble, gentle, self- sacrificing, and altogether as ready to
follow as to lead when the Spirit makes it plain to him that a wiser and
more gifted man than himself has appeared.
It is undoubtedly true, as I have said so often, that the church is
languishing not for leaders but for the right kind of leaders; for the wrong
kind is worse than none at all. Better to stand still than to follow a blind
man over a precipice. History will show that the church has prospered most
when blessed with strong leaders and suffered the greatest decline when her
leaders were weak and time serving. The sheep rarely go much farther than
the shepherd. *The Warfare of the Spirit*, 191,192.

*"Give me the heart of a servant, Lord, that I might be the right kind of
leader. The world lauds the take-charge, aggressive driver; You ask for
humble servants. Make me your servant today, I pray in Jesus' name. Amen." *