Walking Slowly


Mark 13:3 “And as he sat upon the mount of Olives over against the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately,”

One of the great attributes of Christ’s leadership was that He was touchable by His followers. In the verse above, Jesus is found being alone with three of His disciples. It was in this time while He was alone with His disciples that He was able to use that time to teach them. Jesus was not afraid for them to see Him in His private moments because His private moments were just as pure and holy as His public moments. It was in the private moment that the disciples were not afraid to ask Jesus questions and that He was able to prepare them for when He was gone. Had Jesus not allowed Himself to be alone with His disciples, we likely would not have Christianity today because He used those private moments to be His most teachable moments.

I have always been taught that as a leader, I must walk slowly through the crowd. To walk slowly through the crowd means that I am not afraid to be touched by those around me. What I have learned is that while I walk slowly through the crowds, that can answer little questions, I can help people better, be touched by those who want to be around their preacher, and influence them in a greater manner. Great leadership is not afraid to be touchable, for this becomes the most teachable times that leaders can use to help those who follow them. Let me give a couple of thoughts about this great truth.

First, great leaders are touchable leaders. You do not win the hearts of your followers by the performance you have on the platform, but you win their hearts by being touchable in those private moments as you walk through the crowd. It was while Christ walked through the crowds that He often stopped to touch a sick person, converse with a lost person, or changed a life forever. You will never make a great impact on people as a leader without being touchable by those who you lead. If they cannot touch you, they will eventually stop following you. I am not saying that you have to give hours to people, but I am saying that they need to feel that they can touch you in their most needed times.

Second, if your private life is the same as your public life, you won't be afraid for those you lead to see you in your “off time.” It is often in those little relaxed settings that you will be asked the greatest questions. Many followers are afraid to ask questions when they are among the crowds, but in the private settings they are willing to take the “risk” to ask you a question to which they need an answer. No leader should have two lives that they live. If you let your private life mirror your public life, you won’t be afraid for people to see you in the private times.

Third, great leadership will not be afraid to be touchable, but they should never lower their standards to be alone with those they lead. In other words, you must be careful that you don't lose the mystique with your followers while you are alone. Even when you are alone, you are still a leader; act like it. When you break down the walls of mystique, you lose the right to lead. Followers need to see you in private times, but they must still be a leader so that they will respect and follow you. You cannot lead people who lose their respect for you because you broke down the walls of mystique. Be touchable to your followers, but don’t do anything that would cause them to lose respect for you as a leader.

Dr. Allen Domelle

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