The Character of the Leader

People and Pets

I’ve heard it said in church circles that a congregation will begin to take on some of the characteristics of their clergy leader. Favorite sayings, attitudes, a general view of the world – all these attributes have a certain contagious quality to them.

When I was a musician it was noted that the same was true for music students. A favorite teacher was carefully watched and mannerisms were copied.

We human beings are vulnerable to all kinds of behavioral suggestion, from our parents to our peers; from our pastors to our politicians. It has even been said that people begin to resemble their pets if they are together for a long enough time.

It’s something to remember as folks go to the polls to vote today. The people we vote for might have a pull on us we don’t immediately recognize. That’s why it’s important to keep your eyes on Jesus. Regardless of who you vote for, he is the one truly worth following – and imitating.

A blessed “super” Tuesday.

Mark Demers

Want to talk about sex, politics, spirituality? So do I. I grew up in a religious home in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Our country was reeling from assassinations and the devastation of the Viet Nam War. Looking for something beautiful, I got a degree in music, married the love of my life and had children. Looking for God, I then went to seminary. Looking for something that might transform the world, I became a local church pastor. Now, I’m always looking for people who want to talk about important things. I cherish conversations with emerging leaders, people who are antsy to try an idea they believe would change the world for the better. I’d would love to hear from you.