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Relentlessly Driving Vision or Compassionately Shepherding Revelation? (via Michael Milton)

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Michael Milton asks whether pastors see themselves as a CEO or a shepherd.
The answer will impact not just on a style of leadership, but on the nature of the body being led.

He contrasts a purpose statement from a chief executive officer with one of his own creation about pastoral ministry:

CEO Leadership
First, Mr. Welch, the CEO, and leadership:
“Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately on the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion” (Jack Welsh, CEO General Electric, 1981 – 2001).
Now, let me compose a summary statement of the Christian Shepherd according to the scripture that follows:
Christian Pastoral Service
Steadfast and wise pastoral leaders follow Jesus the Lord and most faithfully fulfill His mission in the world as they locate God‘s vision, connect His vision to God’s Burden for the lives of His people, help others to see and embrace God’s vision, and pray without ceasing” (MAM).

Milton’s observation:

One of the sad things about western culture today is that many congregations have bought into the vision statement of Jack Welch, dismissing the scriptural teaching on pastoral servanthood as possibly “helpful” for a pastoral “temperament,” but ineffective for (what seems to be the priority) an organizational mission. This is not only to be regretted, but it is also to be decried.

And his conclusion:

I wish the General Electric Company the very best. And I pray for the mission of Jesus Christ in our world today. The former may, indeed, need to “relentlessly drive” vision to achieve their goal, though I question the wisdom of “driving” concepts onto human beings in any setting. But it is indisputably certain that the latter will only realize the vision of Christ by imitating His life.

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