By Megan Fetter
Associate Director of Leadership Development – Laity
All people have the potential to be leaders, no matter if that leadership means hosting a small group, organizing the kitchen or filling the pulpit on Sunday. Our United Methodist Laity have a wonderful opportunity to use their gifts in leadership to help others to develop and grow as disciples of Jesus Christ.
One of the many ways to develop disciples is to start with ourselves. As leaders, we must be able to exhibit the same level of commitment in ourselves that we would ask of others. We act as servant leaders by doing first what we would ask others to do at our sides. In order to do this, we look at our motives to examine and realign them to best meet the mission and vision we have for the future.
In Matthew 13, Jesus tells the parable of the sower. The roots of the plant on poor soil did nothing to help the plant grow. The roots of the plant in good soil held fast when there was danger. How are we rooted? Are we rooted in a desire and need for personal gain or for the growth and depth of the Kingdom of God?
Everything we do comes back the way and manner in which we are rooted in Christ. It comes back to how we are growing as better leaders so that we can be a witness to others who are searching for the same.
Everyone has the ability to become a leader in our communities, congregations and workplaces. If we work toward our own personal leadership growth, it will inspire others to take that same walk. As disciples of Christ, we work with each other to develop those leadership skills and to discern where God is calling us to lead.
There are a multitude of resources that can help each of us to grow into our leadership. Some of these are listed below and there are many more out there. These books and videos focus on our own personal growth, the experience of others, and the potential we all have as leaders. As lay persons, however you’re learning and growing, we’d like to hear from you! If you know of great books, videos and/or audio recordings that are focused on leadership that you’d like to share please send them to Megan Fetter, Associate Director of Leadership Development – Laity, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 317-564-2582.
- The Anatomy of Peace – The Arbinger Institute
- The Answer to How is Yes – Peter Block
- Community the Structure of Belonging – Peter Block
- The Advantage – Patrick Lencioni
- Getting to Yes – Roger Fisher & William Ury
- Tattoos on the Heart – Gregory Boyle
- Slow Church – Christopher Smith & John Pattison
- Simon Sinek “Why good leaders make you feel safe”
- Drew Dudley “Everyday Leadership”
- Sheryl Sandberg “Why we have too few women leaders”