[Luke 6:13] And when it was day, He called His disciples to Himself; and from them He chose twelve whom He also named apostles:..
In reading this passage, I got the revelation that not all disciples are leaders, but that leaders are chosen out of the followers. Jesus chose the twelve and named them apostles(leaders of the church, movement, etc.) out of the many disciples. He didn't expect everyone following to lead, but only the ones whom He had chosen and called to do so.
As "followers of Christ", we are all expected to be disciples of Christ. We are all expected to learn from and follow His lead. In this, we are all chosen. But not all disciples are chosen to be leaders. In Ephesians 4:11, Paul writes, 'And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,...' The key word being "some". And again to the Corinthians in 1 Corinthians 12:29, Paul ask the questions, 'Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers?' He doesn't answer the question, but the answer is "NO". Paul says that 'God appointed these in the church', in other words, God chooses and has chosen His leaders.
Not everyone is a leaders, but why does the church today make it out to be that. We often hear the leaders of the church say "we are raising up leaders", but fail to realize and even announce that not everyone is not a leader. If so, Jesus would have named all the disciples who followed Him apostles, but He didn't, He named twelve.
In the Book of Romans, again Paul speaks of the choosing of leaders when he writes, ' he who leads, let him lead with diligence'. Leadership is a gift that not everyone was gifted with, but he who was gifted to lead, should lead and he who was not should not. I believe that it hurts the church when everyone tries to lead. I believe that it hurts the church when everyone is pushed to lead. Let the leaders lead. The call of the church is to raise up disciples, Jesus said, "make disciples of men" not leaders. There is a difference.
We need the witness of the woman at the well and the witness of the man who was blind at birth and healed by Jesus. These weren't leaders, they were disciples, "followers of Christ". And I don't believe that they were pushed to lead because everybody is not a leader.
QUALITIES OF A LEADER:
chosen("set apart") for a specific work
eager to learn(teachable)
not afraid to ask the tough questions
grounded in truth
willingness to "follow" even when others turn away
willingness to "lead"
Looking at the twelve, these are the qualities that they possessed. Much like a disciple because even in being named apostles, they were still disciples. These were just "chosen to lead".
[John 6:70] ...,"Did I not chose you, the twelve,..."
Here again Jesus confirms the choosing of the leaders. After many of the disciples walked away from Jesus[6:60-70], He spoke these words to the twelve whom He had chosen to walk with Him and lead.