How Leadership Can Kill Discipleship In Your Church

There’s a South Indian proverb that says, “Nothing grows under a banyan tree.”

And it’s a proverb about leadership, actually. Here’s what I mean.

Banyan leadership or banana leadership?

The banyan is a great tree. It spreads its branches, drops air-roots, develops secondary trunks and covers the land. A full grown banyan may cover more than an acre of land!

A banyan tree in Bangladesh (yes that’s ONE tree!)Birds, animals and humans find shelter under its shade. But nothing grows under its dense foliage. When it dies, the ground beneath lies barren and scorched.

The banana tree is the opposite. Six months after it sprouts, small shoots appear around it. The beginnings of new banana trees, a second generation.

Banana tree from KeralaAt twelve months another circle of shoots appear beside the first ones, which are now six months old. Third generation banana trees are sprouting!

At eighteen months the main trunk bears fruit: Bananas that nourish birds, animals and humans. And then… it dies.



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