It’s college hoops time again, and I may be weird, but I enjoy watching the coaches as much or more than the players. I love strategy, and as a former youth coach myself, I love to analyze (and, yes, sometimes second-guess) the decisions coaches make. Coaching is leadership and as leaders we can learn a lot by watching good coaches.  

Several years ago, Duke head coach Coach Krzyzewski did a commercial in which he made a fascinating comment: “I don’t see myself as a basketball coach,” he said. “I see myself as a leader who happens to coach basketball.” I like his perspective. Another great leader once said, 

“But among you, those who are the greatest should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant.”  -Jesus, Luke 22:26

As a Christian leader, I don’t see myself as a leader. I see myself as a servant who happens to lead.

God calls all followers to serve. He calls some servants to lead. If you can serve best by leading, and that is what God has called you to, then, by all means, lead, with diligence! (Romans 12:8). But if you can serve better in some other fashion, or if someone else can lead better than you, or if God has not called you to lead, then serve in some other way – with diligence!

Leaders after God’s own heart, like David, are often the last ones considered by human standards. But God doesn’t look at what man looks at. He looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:1-13). And the heart of any real spiritual leader is a servant’s heart.

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Michael Mack has led Small Group Leadership full-time since 2012, but has been involved in small group ministry for more than 25 years.

He lives in Pewee Valley, Kentucky (just outside Louisville), with his wife Heidi. Their family small group, which includes their four young adult children, has much potential (and much anticipation) for future growth and multiplication. Michael enjoys mountain and road biking with a group of great friends who participate together in various charity rides.

See the “About Michael Mack” page under About Us for more about him.

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  1. PastorMason

    December 1, 2012 at 6:21 am

    Great perspective! It's not about the tasks we are undertaking, it's about how we leverage those tasks to touch and minister to people.


  2. Mike Mack

    December 2, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    Thanks, Mason. Appreciate your feedback!


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