The Power of Authentic Leadership

Pastors.com | 11/13/2013 | Website
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I believe there are two great confessions in the Bible.

First, you have Peter’s great confession in Matthew 16:16: “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God” (NIV). Then, there’s another one made by Barnabas and Paul in Acts 14:15: “We are merely human beings—just like you!” (NLT).

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I know many pastors who are quick to agree with the first confession but are more hesitant to proclaim the second. It’s easy for many pastors to talk about spiritual topics while ignoring or downplaying their own human imperfections. They try to pretend they’re superhuman or super holy.

Authentic leadership admits weaknesses and limitations. Vulnerability isn’t easy because it’s risky. You may have some people in your church who don’t want you to be vulnerable. They want you to maintain an image of being a little bit above the crass realities of life. But when you succumb to that image, you deny a key truth of life and keep yourself from having a full impact on the lives of others.

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Why is it worth the effort to be open and honest about your humanity and your weaknesses?

It’s emotionally healthy.

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Wearing a mask is unhealthy. In fact, being out of touch with reality is a characteristic of mental illness. Wearing a mask requires you to expend an enormous amount of energy and produces tension, stress, and even depression. Pastors who worry about maintaining an image are asking for burnout.

On the other hand, being vulnerable is liberating. It’s the only authentic way to live. As James writes, “Confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed” (James 5:16 NASB).

Feelings - Beginning - Weaknesses - Life - Church

Revealing your feelings is the beginning of healing. I believe some weaknesses in your life won’t budge until you confess them to your own church.

It’s spiritually empowering.

James - God

James writes, “God opposes the...
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