"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD."

(Isaiah 55:8)

"Of course I know where I'm going! I went to the 
New Wine Cymru Leaders' Conference, didn't I?
We sang 'Dancing Queen' by Abba. It was great, mun!"

These days, you can't move very far around the "Christian" scene without coming across organizations with a special interest in holding courses or conferences or providing resources for Church LEADERS. Existing leaders, emerging leaders, youth leaders, women leaders, prayer group leaders, cell group leaders... leaders are seen to be the essential ingredient in the preparation of a delicious, piping-hot Kingdom stew. Leaders are to be trained, mentored, equipped, anointed... and released... to do what? Well, to lead, of course! Or should that really read, to lead OFF COURSE?

A QUESTION. How many times do you think the word 'LEADERS' is found in the Bible (KJV)? I did a search to find out. The result was more than interesting!

Would you believe the answer is three? THREE! And would you also believe that all 3 references to 'leaders' are NEGATIVE ones? (And if you think that maybe by chopping the 's' off the end, 'leader' singular would fare better, then think again. 'LEADER' also appears in the total Text only three times!) For anyone who believes that the Word of God governs our lives and lays out where our priorities really lie, should not this fact give serious pause for thought? Here are the references to 'leaders':

"And the LORD sent an angel, which cut off all the mighty men of valour, and the leaders and captains in the camp of the king of Assyria. So he returned with shame of face to his own land."
(2 Chronicles 32:21)

"For the leaders of this people cause them to err, and they that are led of them are destroyed."
(Isaiah 9:16)

"Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch."
(Matthew 15:14)


I then did another search. This time to discover how many times the word 'DISCIPLES' appears in Holy Writ. The result proved to be an absolutely amazing contrast to 'LEADERS!'