Stuart Briscoe writes about a funeral for a war veteran in which the man’s military buddies had a role in the memorial service. The friends requested that the minister lead them to the casket for a moment of silence. They would then follow the pastor out a side door.
The plan was carried out with military precision—until the minister marched them into a broom closet. The soldiers had to make a disorganized retreat.
That pastor made an honest mistake, but it illustrates that leaders must know where they are going. As go the leaders, so go the followers.
The apostle Paul left Titus on the island of Crete to establish a witness for Jesus Christ. Titus was to appoint leaders for the growing band of believers. Except for preaching the gospel, nothing Titus did for the Christians on Crete was more important than finding them the right leadership.
Church leaders are to meet the standards set forth in Titus 1:6-9 and to guide others to greater maturity in their relationship with Christ. And followers must lovingly hold their spiritual leaders accountable to those goals.
Whether you’re leading or following, know where you’re going. Don’t march into a dead end.
Before you follow a leader,
Check his beliefs, and pray;
Be sure he's following Jesus,
And that he knows the way. —Hess
The only leader worth following is the leader who is following Christ.