Take your clothes off

Take your clothes off

Christian leadership is one of the most vulnerable places on earth. We need to conquer that... with vulnerability. Amy challenges us to take seriously accountability in leadership.

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Amy Walker

Amy Walker

Derbyshire born, Amy is an evangelist and a pioneer. She has served God through full time youth ministry positions for the last 13 years, since she was 18. She continually finds herself in new situations with opportunities to pioneer and raise up other leaders. She co-founded Pulse Childrens and Youth Ministries (www.pulseministries.org.uk), an evangelism and leadership ministry with its mission "To Enlarge and Equip God's Kingdom", and recently transitioned out of directorship with them. She is currently exploring new leadership possibilities so... watch this space.

Amy loves her work and she loves having fun; how fantastic that the two things work together so well.

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Take your clothes off

Christian leadership is one of the most vulnerable places on earth...
we need to conquer that... with vulnerability.

I believe that accountability to God and others, that you intentionally choose, is the foundation to your leadership success.

Lose that, then your most likely lose your influence to lead, and the ability to lead well.

If you want to stay healthy as a growing leader, it's about vulnerability with God, and vulnerability with His people. Becoming naked in our ministries and living lives with those we choose to be vulnable with.

It’s about choosing covenant and choosing companions that will champion you to stick on the narrow path, but lets be honest most of us know that yeh?! But the worrying thing is that which we know we don't often do.

Throughout the gospels Jesus told how He wanted us to live until His return. He talked in Luke 12:35 about how we must watch for Him, work diligently until His return, obey His commands... Such attitudes are those set for all believers, all disciples of Jesus are called to accountability, but it's especially important for leaders as the example-setters for Christians. Jesus goes onto say:

“From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked”

Luke 12:48b

God intended leadership to be costly, he needs men and woman who will choose light before dark, and openness before the closet and vulnerability before comfort.

As a leader, much has been demanded and entrusted to you, therefore you have to account for that responsibility.

Accountability only works if you invest heavily though - you only get out what you put in.

My growing concern is that far too many leaders say they are “accountable” but really they are not.

We make our safe choices about what we should tell people, and how much we should let them into our world and leadership. Wow! we may even have a “triplet” or some “running buddies” and “mentors” already set up, even reading this maybe we think we are sorted in this department as a growing leader as a result of some of these methods above?

Don't get me wrong, I’m not slating them or saying that they aren’t good ideas but the truth is they mean absolutely nothing unless you’re really honest and truly vulnerable with those in the accountability structure you have set up.

Unless your structure is truly lived out by you, it's dead, and if it's dead it’s not of God.

We grow buzz words around Christian leadership that are good and wise, accountability, mentorship, intentionality, etc., but rarely do we seek Holy Spirit asking if we have done enough in these areas to account for the position He gives.

We know we need to do it, so we set it in place, but do we then invest in it?

If you want to be an authentic leader it will most certainty involve the action of accounting constantly.

It should always cost, always hurt and always challenge.
You can have all the methods in the world but unless you're real, and I mean really real, then you're nothing but stuck.

Life in its fullness as a leader is about holding nothing back, you're being asked of much, so speak up, 'fess up and live in Christ’s light.

My advice:

1)    Take responsibility for your relationship with God and the leadership He has entrusted you with.

2)    Be strict on yourself instead of using lines like, “there’s always tomorrow”, “we all mess up”, “we live under grace.”

3)    Surround yourself with a cloud of witnesses above you, beside you and below you that will love you, but not put up with repeated behavior that doesn't edify the Kingdom.

4)    Be safe, be seen.

5)    Rebuke repeated sin in your life, and cultivate in its place grace and new habits

6)    Don't say you're accountable if you're not 'cause that's just lying!

Is accountability important to you?

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