#GLS14 :: Ivan Satyavrata – The Power Paradox


Chairman of the Centre for Global Leadership Development in Bangalore, he is active in shaping India’s future church leaders. A board member for World Vision India and Chairman of the Board for Bombay Teen Challenge, his ministry focuses on evangelism in a multi-faith context as well as engagement with the major social issues facing his country. A pioneering pastor, author and scholar who received his Ph.D. from Oxford Centre for Global Mission Studies. The church Ivan pastors reaches 4,000 attendees in eight language sections each week and runs an outreach that provides education and basic nutrition to thousands of children in the city slums.

The Power Paradox

  • 70% of India’s population is under 35.
  • 25% of the global workforce will be Indian.
  • Can anything good come out of Kolkata?
  • Kolkata has been called the most wicked place in the universe.
  • Kolkata is an exciting place to live in, but it’s fascinating to watch the reaction of visitors to our city.
  • Your work here is great in India. Feeding hungry children, rescuing people from sex trafficking. How do you live with the burden of massive need all around you?
  • Just over 1 in 1,000 called Jesus Lord in Kolkata.
  • Power is neutral in and of itself. It simply is the ability to make something. Leaders manage power.
  • There is no such thing as leadership without power.
  • John 13:1-5
  • Jesus knows that all things are under his power.
  • The paradox: A leader must be able to wield power, real power, in order to lead effectively. She must however, be genuinely vulnerable.
  • If knowledge is power, then knowledge of Jesus Christ is the ultimate power.
  • The power paradox forces us to shun totalitarian coercion.
  • Knowledge power can fill us with intoxicating price.
  • How are you stewarding my knowledge power as a leader?
  • Are you holding the towel and basin as tightly as you’re holding the scepter of power?
  • A leader’s power lies in her ability to influence people.
  • For Jesus love was a costly commitment for the good and well-being of the other.
  • Great leaders refuse influence or intimacy for intimidation or control.
  • If you know the right thing to do and don’t do it, that for you is evil. – James 4
  • The true secret to great leadership is when you feel the weakest, that’s precisely when you really are the strongest.
  • Truly great leaders are those that recognize that their power actually comes from God.
  • Is the world becoming a better place because of your power?

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