Thursday, January 04, 2024

Peterson: qualification for leadership

Thursday, January 4, 2024
    Moses said to the LORD, “O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.”
    The LORD said to him, “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the LORD?”
    —Exodus 4:10-11 (NIV)
    It is almost always a mistake to recruit exceptional people for leadership; look for ordinary Christians—that is mostly what you have anyway. But prize them, value them. And appoint them as leaders.
    ... Eugene H. Peterson (1932-2018), The Unnecessary Pastor, Marva J. Dawn, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2000, p. 204 (see the book)
    See also Ex. 4:10-11; 3:11; Amos 7:14-15; Matt. 4:18-22; 11:25; Luke 10:21; 1 Cor. 1:18-24; 2:12-14; Acts 14:23; Tit. 1:5
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, remove all apprehension from those whom You have chosen for work in Your church.
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