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Leaders and Ministers (one in the same)

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Leaders and Ministers –one in the same


Leadership is the kind of word that (like love) carries with it a familiarity of meanings.  However, such meanings are not necessarily accurate.  Scholarly research demonstrates that there are multitudes of attempts to define and characterize the subject (Northouse, 2010).  A common definition by comparison is that of leadership and management.  While there are many similarities between the two, there are also notable differences that make inadequate such a comparison.  Leaders hold higher esteem in the minds a many, often conceptualized as being charismatic. Contrarily, managers are often viewed as organizational taskmasters (Kotterman, 2006).  Such tasks focus on organizational functionality by means of routine processes (Takala, 1998).  However, leaders deal in human motivation by means of persuasion toward organizational visions and goals (Weathersby, 1999).  Therefore, “leadership is a process whereby an individual influences a group of individuals to achieve a common goal” (Northouse, p. 3, 2010).  In practice Kouzes and Posner (2002) describe leadership relations as modeling, inspiring, challenging, enabling, and encouraging.


These definitions sound very much like the roles of ordained ministers –both as leaders and managers.  As managers, ministers watch over the house of God and the ministry.  As leaders, ministers inspire the people, challenge them to honor God, enable them to use their gifts, encourage them to keep the faith, and lead them to spiritual growth.  God has called ordained ministers to “leadership”.


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