As I celebrate ten years of ordained ministry, I would like to conclude with an important thought. Leadership is not something you do and if it could exist in a vacuum. This is especially true when it comes to Christian ministry. Christian ministry, aside from any skills or talents of the leader, takes place in the context of reliance upon God and relationship with others. We do our best with what we have and place it in the hands of God. A common mistake is to say that leaders lead followers. The truth is that leaders lead people. All of us follow at certain times and lead at certain times. It is a complex web that is messy but it is community. My advice for those just starting in Christian leadership is to look closely at the context of your leadership in terms of your relationship with God and your community.