Celtic Brief #5 – Leadership


This post is an opportunity in which we as a whole community can participate in our monthly Celtic worship and experience the way each theme works in our church, in our homes, and in our lives.   This coming Sunday at 11:30 AM on 17 February 2019, in our usually place of worship, we have before us a portion of the biblical text in which to read, mark, learn and inwardly digest. This outline will help us all think a bit more deeply about how God is calling us in a formation of a vision for the Anglican Church in Freiburg.  Remember, it is a journey!  The structure that is outlined here is one where we get a brief picture of the reading, followed by some core idea that highlights the passage.  I, Christopher, will offer a few of my own thoughts in regard to the passage and our community, and leave you with some questions that might be a starting off point for discussions around your home tables after Sunday worship as you enjoy a day of rest and re-creation.  

In essence:

This Sunday we have two short readings: Genesis 3. 11-13 and Exodus 2.11-17. The passage expresses forms of leadership especially the particular quality of leadership: responsibility.  

The central ideas:

There are many ideas around the theme of Leadership.  There are numerous principles of leadership which also include concepts of leading not as a solo venture but as a people together in community.  Another set of principles about leadership may be the ability to learn as a leader, or acknowledging that leadership is future oriented.  An additional principle of leadership may be that leaders are invested in the lives of whom they lead. The two readings for our Sunday service, when set side by side, offer contradistinction of the views and principles of leadership.  One foundational principle of leadership is to be responsible. Being called into leadership by God, we proceed by first taking responsibility for our own actions, and when we see a wrong, we intervene.  Some may describe this as a duty of leadership that goes against blame and fault-finding. 

Some brief thoughts:

Leadership begins with taking responsibility, and our reading from Genesis plainly shows how responsibility is deflected — blame is casted around widely between Adam, Eve, and the serpent.  Whereas, the reading from Exodus shows Moses taking responsibility.  Moses takes responsibility when the Egyptian beats the Israelite by intervening.  He observes fighting between two Israelites and he intervenes.  Elsewhere, in Midian when shepherds are abusing the daughters of Yitro, Moses intervenes again.  Having been raised as one of Pharaoh’s own, Moses could have avoided all of these confrontations, but he doesn’t, he intervenes.

Around your Table

For some of us we share meals with a generation of people around the table as small children gather with parents and extended family.  Others will often eat alone, so this section of the letter is meant to be adaptable to your own setting.  We will try and focus our Sunday morning time around some of these questions as well. 

  • Despite not taking personal responsibility and hiding from God, God still seeks out and desires a relationship with Adam and Eve.  In what ways does God act responsibly even when others do not?  
  • Looking at Moses actions; what are you prepared to do when you see a wrong, or an injustice? 
  • What prevents you from taking responsibility?
  • We are approaching our annual meeting which includes, among other things, roles of leadership in groups, council, and levels of governance.  What is your duty of responsibility when choosing people to serve on council and other positions of leadership?
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