5. Listening Well Makes You More like Jesus
God’s passion and purpose is our Christlikeness. Becoming more and more like Jesus ought to be the goal of every ministry leader.
Jesus was a great listener. Look at the way he conversed with blind Bartimaeus or the way he engaged with the woman who had ‘an issue of blood.’
Even when surrounded by crowds and pressing urgencies, Jesus took the time to be fully present with each individual. He asked great questions and made people feel valued. As the ultimate servant-leader, Jesus modelled exceptional listening skills.
Sometimes we think that that servant leadership is about ‘serving by leading.’ Jesus showed us that servant leadership is about ‘leading by serving.’ We would do well to follow his example.
So let’s ask ourselves: What if we as Christian leaders were to follow the example of Jesus and prioritize active listening?
What if we genuinely sought to understand others rather than seeking to be understood?
What if we dared to ask those we lead, how well they feel we listen? Imagine how our churches and non-profits could benefit. Amazing things could happen!
And maybe… just maybe; the followers of Jesus would be known as ‘the people that listen.’
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Steve and Becky Harling are the authors of Listen Well, Lead Better. Steve is the CEO of Reach Beyond, a mission agency seeking to make Jesus known among the least reached. Becky is a best-selling author and leadership coach. Steve and Becky speak nationally and internationally at conferences, retreats and training events.
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