August 2, 2017
By Amanda Conner
We are surrounded by leaders in our everyday lives- at school, at our jobs, and in our families. We also see many examples of leadership in the Bible. Some of these stories we have heard since our Sunday school years- stories about Jesus, Moses, and Abraham. But I recently heard from a speaker in my band that Mark chapter 2 shows us some of the most overlooked leaders in the Bible. If you have never read it, Mark 2 is the story of Jesus healing and forgiving a paralytic man. And in this story we can see four different kinds of leadership.
First, we have our Dominant leader. This person likes to get junk done quickly. Their biggest downfall is hurting someone’s feelings in the process of getting a task completed.
Secondly, we have the Influential leader. This person likes to make sure the whole group is on board with a decision before the task even begins. Their biggest flaw may be not actually getting anything done because they are so focused on consensus.
Third, we have our Steady leader. They prefer to do things behind the scenes, and be more of a “servant leader;” And fourth, we have the Conscientious leader, who is someone who some might call OCD, because of their reliance on lists and step-by-step analytical approach to just about everything.
Now with all the leaders explained, let me show you how the four friends in Mark 2 resemble each leader: We are shown a predicament with these four friends trying to get their paralyzed friend to Jesus, but it is so crowded that’s not possible in the house He’s preaching in. So, our D leader decides to climb on to the roof. Next, the C leader kicks into high gear with calculating where to dig the hole in the roof so as not to hit Jesus or hurt someone badly from falling rubble. Let’s also remember that the roofs in this time are different than ours today. They weren’t shingles roofs; they were hard-packed, sunbaked clay, stones, and straw. That takes a lot of precision and determination to decide to bust through it, which is done by our two D and C leaders. Next, our S leader speaks up about lowering their friend slowly so as not to hurt him or anyone else, because most likely the D leader is dropping him right in. Finally, our I leader takes his stand when ensuring that the crowd accommodates a stretcher with a man in such a tight packed area and also making sure that Jesus actually heals him after all they just endured for their friend.
Notice their leadership but also notice their humility. They served their friend willingly and we don’t even learn their names. Their different leadership qualities, allowed them to do an impossible task, but humility is the most important characterisitic and the unifying factor. Here at The Church at Perry Creek, I know that we have a wide variety of leadership styles, and all of us have the potential to be a leader in some capacity. Being a leader isn’t just being the president of something, it is serving others in humility. We can be leaders by serving at Riverbend Elementary or by inviting someone to church. With so many unique personalities and leadership traits, I know that our church can expand to reach the ends of the world – if we lead through humility and through our unity in Christ.