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Power or Leadership?

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2015/02/05 13:02:02 (permalink)

Power or Leadership?

In his address to the Curia in the Vatican at Christmas, the Pope spoke against careerism in the Church. He was talking about those who work in the different departments of the Vatican, but what he said there, can also apply to all those in leadership roles in the Church.
Leadership is not telling people what to do, rather it is modelling to others servant hood. We can so easily think of leadership as having positions of power and authority in the Church. Jesus challenges all those who want to be a leader to be first a servant (Matt 20:25-28) A servant is there to serve others. Even though Jesus had power and authority he chose to be the model servant. He went out of his way to demonstrate this in many ways. Perhaps we can best see this in the model that he gave to his followers, both men and women at the Last Supper, when he got down and washed the feet of his followers. Do we see this sort of leadership in our own Churches and Diocese?

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