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The Case for Anonymous Leadership


There is the man in back of the herd bringing the stragglers and strays and slower movers closer to the others and adding to the success of the drive. Without his patience, they would get lost and separated from the herd and be victim to the predators of the world.

Taking this image just a little further; there is still another figure, one unseen but nonetheless real and important, the rancher himself who does not always make himself present but who is vitally concerned about what happens to what is his. He is careful as to who his drovers are and who is responsible for the safety of the entire endeavor. This is not just a manager but an owner. There is one who is the true Owner, who owns His Church. There is one Lord, and it is His Spirit that leads, steers, and directs and it is that Spirit working within all involved that provides the real leadership of anything undertaken for Him.





1 Stanley Hauerwas, “What the Whole Church Can Do” Faith and Leadership (Vol. VIII, No.1, January 7, 2010). (Accessed, January 20, 2011).

2 Faith and Leadership website, (Accessed, January 20, 2011).

3 L. Gregory Jones, “In praise of left tackles” Faith and Leadership (September 15, 2009). (Accessed February 16, 2011)


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Category: Ministry, Spring 2011

About the Author: Woodrow E. Walton, D.Min. (Oral Roberts University School of Theology and Missions), B.A. (Texas Christian University), B.D. [M.Div.] (Duke Divinity School), M.A. (University of Oklahoma), is a retired Seminary Dean and Professor of biblical, theological and historical studies. An ordained Assemblies of God minister, he and his wife live in Fort Worth, Texas. Walton retains membership with the Evangelical Theological Society, American Association of Christian Counselors, American Society of Church History, American Academy of Political Science, and The International Society of Frontier Missiology.

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