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How Christian Leadership is Christian

Under the pressure of declining memberships and faltering finances, Christian leaders at all levels have frequently fallen into one of two postures, either adopting secular business leadership and growth models wholesale, or piously embracing the virtues of remnant faithfulness and the prophetic stance against a perceived secular concern for “numbers.” However, Christian institutions are best differentiated from secular institutions by the ends we pursue. Our sense of the end is the promised fulfillment. Our objective is to be a people who bear witness to the Holy Spirit who, by conforming us to Christ, makes all things new. With that end in sight, we can discern what needs to be preserved and what needs to be jettisoned, and what use secular business and leadership models can serve, in order for us to be creatively faithful to our God-given purpose. Read the essay, "The End," by L. Gregory Jones, free on the website of Faith & Leadership, an offering of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity. In it, Jones explores the way Christianity changes the nature of leadership



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