Yellow card!

I was not taught leadership at a young age, but the first contours became visible as captain of the football team. The extension of the trainer as it is called. Even in my twenties, my main tasks were leadership. Visible through the captain’s armband and the toss with the opponent in the center spot. Later I was given managerial tasks at work and, without much training, I developed my own style.

Colored card
The captaincy in my younger years gave me status and put me in an important position for the team. It gave me more right to speak, especially towards the referee. Unfortunately, that did not always work out well and often resulted in a colored card in front of me. Insulted and hurt in my honor, I had to leave.

Appreciation and power
Looking at Jesus and His leadership, it is never about His honor, position or power, but about serving people. And despite His example, the disciples also struggled with their search for esteem and power. They argue about who gets to sit next to Jesus in heaven, so who is the most important. Jesus deals with this in Mark 10:42-45: “But Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that those who are considered leaders of the Gentiles have dominion over them, and their great ones have authority over them. exercise. But it shall not be so among you; but whoever is great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”
And as I had to run away after a card from the referee, I can imagine that the disciples retraced their steps in shame.

Foot washing
As coordinator of the School for Leaders, I was able to lead this course for the third year. But as confident as I was as a captain on the football field, I was just as insecure as the leader of this program three years ago. In my eyes, the students were all more capable leaders than I was. In addition to the fact that many special lessons and feedback received helped me grow in recent years, there was a very special moment this course year. God instructed me to wash the teacher’s feet on the day of the lesson. What an impact that had on the participants, but not least on me. No need for a captain’s armband anymore, but wash the feet of the people you lead; that is servant leadership!

Jesus as an example
Jesus is the great example. A powerful and moving leader who chooses simple people, shares life with them, teaches them and ultimately puts them to work two by two. After His resurrection and just before His Ascension, He promises that the Holy Spirit will come and He says in John 14:12-14: “ Truly, I say to you, he who trusts in Me will do the same as I do, and even more. For I go to the Father
It encourages me to become such a leader, to follow Him more and more in all facets of my life.

I am so grateful for the many teachers who taught their classes, for the fruit that was visible in the participants, as well as in their families, businesses and foundations. In September we will start the School for Leaders for the fourth year. Do you also want to grow in healthy leadership? Then this training is for you. You can read all about it via School for Leaders – Royal Mission . Welcome!

About Theo van Laar

Getrouwd met Ina, familieman, gepassioneerd aanbiddingsleider, en bij Royal Mission onder andere coördinator van de School voor Leiders.

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