People often choose strong individuals with influence and wealth for leadership positions. Leadership involves taking responsibility for decisions that involve other people. It means making difficult decisions that may involve risk. Leaders who can effectively share their vision with others will inspire others. There are many different styles of leadership, including leaders who command, leaders who consult and leaders who enable.

Leaders should stand out and be distinctive because of their character. They should inspire others to lead lives that set a good example to others. However, leaders experience the same temptations and problems as other people. We often find that leaders feel tired, alone, overworked and unable to make effective changes. Some may give in to temptations such as the desire for power, status, money or sexual relationships outside marriage.

Using power wisely is one of the most important issues of our time. In the news we often hear stories of how people have abused their power. Effective leaders can show the way forward, not only within the church but in society as well.

Discussion 
  • What examples of inspiring leadership can we think of ? What is it about them that inspires us?
  • Do we know people in positions of responsibility who feel tired, alone or over-worked? Do they feel able to make effective changes? How can we support them in their role?
  • How do our personal lives affect the life of the church?
  • What are the consequences for society if leaders do not live righteous personal lives?
  • Jesus also experienced temptation. Read Luke 22:39-46 and discuss how he resisted it.
  • Read Mark 10:35-45.
    • What are the characteristics of worldly leaders?
    • What kind of leaders is Jesus looking for?
    • How are they to be different from worldly leaders?
  • Think of some ways in which Jesus served those around him.
  • Is there a lack of effective leadership in our societies today?