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Mike is the general manager of Q90 FM and co-host of Stand Up For The Truth. His new book, "The Suicide of American Christianity" published in May of 2012.

Defining Christian Leadership

What should we as Christians expect from our leaders?  Leadership is crucial to any organization, especially a church.  Leadership sets the tone for an organization by identifying the values, principles and behaviors expected of those in the organization.  But leadership can also be very difficult and lonely at times because of the responsibilities leaders carry.  So what should we expect from our Christian leaders?

( )Honesty; Our leaders need to call things as they see them.  Integrity; Our leaders need to live as they teach others to live.  Transparency; Our leaders need to be completely open and honest with those they lead.

Accountability; Leaders need to be willing to be held accountable for their actions and decisions, not thinking themselves above the very rules they set for others.  Courage; leaders must make difficult decisions even when those decisions might be unpopular.  Being liked must take a back seat to doing what is right.

Discerning; leaders must be thoughtful about what they see going on around them and make decisions based on the Word of God.  Mentors; Christian leaders must be willing to invest their time and talents into the next generation of leaders.

Courageous; leaders must have the courage to do the right thing no matter what it might cost them.  Strategic thinkers; leaders must be willing to sacrifice short term gain or convenience for the long term health of the organization they lead.

Protectors; leaders must be willing to protect those we lead, placing ourselves between the vicious wolves ready to attack and those we lead.  Commitment; a burning passion to accomplish what is laid before them by God.

Honesty, transparency, accountability, courage, discernment, mentoring others, commitment, strategic thinking and protecting those we lead—not an easy job description.  But this is what is required, especially today of Christian leaders as we navigate difficult times.

There are wolves infiltrating the flock; wolves spreading incomplete or false gospels and leading people astray.  Our leaders, the appointed shepherds of the flock must step up and protect those charged to them.  When a bear or a wolf threatened his flock, David didn’t go out and try to find “common ground” with the enemy; he didn’t sit back passively hoping everything would be alright.  He attacked the wolf and chased it away—because that’s what leaders and shepherds do.

Pray for our leaders.  Pray that God will give them the strength, wisdom and discernment to be the leaders God wants them to be.  Our leaders are under enormous pressure these days and they need our prayers and help.  But they must also be willing to do what is right even when it is not popular.  Things are only going to get more challenging as the culture around us becomes more evil and false teachers and prophets infiltrate the church.  We need leaders who are courageous and principled—willing to do whatever it takes to protect the flock—a flock that is becoming confused and scattered.

Leadership is not easy; it is not for the faint of heart.  It requires courage, doing the right thing no matter what it might cost us.  Jesus gave up his life to do what was right.  Are we as leaders willing to do what is right no matter the cost?

 

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2 Responses to “Defining Christian Leadership”

  1. Mr Davis #

    Matthew 20:

    25 But Jesus called them unto him, and said , Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.

    26 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; 27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: 28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

    A minister is a person doing the will of his master. We seem to have lost this or have we, I think they are serving their master and they share his traits. A tree is known by its fruit and we as followers of Jesus Christ are called to test the fruit and bring it to the light and expose it.

    John 1:

    1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. 6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe . 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

    10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

    John 3

    :19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

    21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

    Truly may God grant us a heart of repentance and that He would work in us to return to obedience to the Truth.

    March 2, 2012 at 5:39 AM Reply
  2. Great topic.

    There are leaders, and then Christians who are leaders. I've found most effective leaders are already following Godly principals, some not even realizing it. According to Ebay, the largest selection of books they promote are on leadership. It's a hot topic. The most successful companies today, capturing Generation Y (24-29 yr olds) have a culture of doing things that inspire and create a purpose for their company. TOM'S Shoes is one big, cutting-edge example. Giving away a pair of shoes to a 3rd world country each time they SELL a pair of shoes. Sounds alot like Jesus to me in many ways. Before you argue about that, think about it.

    Steve Jobs, an atheist, followed a 'golden rule' principal in addition to promoting organization legacy through quality (excellence) and demonstration of art/creativity.

    I believe "The harvest is great the workers are few". Never been more true then today. We, the church, are all called to be leaders in our circle of influence. We are all leaders. Leadership training has never been m o r e essential for the church than right now (using Godly principals). We have an opportunity to lead in the marketplace, and influence with our successful leadership skills. It happened to Joseph, David, and others.

    LEAD ON!

    March 2, 2012 at 7:10 AM Reply

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