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Church of Christ and Social Media
The Foundations of Leadership in Scripture
William Jackson, M.Ed.
Let The Bible Speak
Church of Christ and Social Media
Godly leadership is grounded and based in
righteousness and righteousness is its own
just reward. Sometimes it might feel like your
leadership skills would be better compensated
in another venue, but you must remember your
accountability and responsibility in the Body
of Christ. You must trust that the Lord will honor
your work and sacrifice. Your works are designed
to save souls and keep souls saved.
“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition
or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem
others better than himself. Let each of you look out
not only for his own interests, but also for
the interests of others.”
Leaders keep their eyes on what is important
and the journey not just the destination.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you
should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye
Leaders must keep their minds open and their
ears available to the Lord so they can be lead.
“But Jesus called them to him and said, You
know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over
them, and their great ones exercise authority
over them. It shall not be so among you. But
whoever would be great among you must be
your servant, and whoever would be first among
you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man
came not to be served, but to serve, and
to give his life as a ransom for many.”
1. Leaders need to have a clear vision of where
they are taking the people. Leaders must project
the confidence that inspires others. Being a leader
is not just about being seen, being heard and
being admired, being a leader is about teaching,
inspiring, educating, mentoring and pulling out
of others their unseen abilities, talents and skills.
So the Lord said to Moses, “Take Joshua son of
Nun, a man in whom is the spirit of leadership,
and lay your hand on him.
2. Leaders need to know what they are talking
about when leading others with motivational
scriptures and references to the Bible. A leader
must be humble to ask for wisdom and knowledge.
Leaders know that they are only as strong as their
convictions and their weaknesses that will try to
deviate them from the goals they are
striving to accomplish.
Here are the stages in the journey of the Israelites
when they came out of Egypt by divisions under
the leadership of Moses and Aaron.
3. Leaders need to outline in clear terms steps to
achieve the vision of success. Their vision cannot
be clouded by individual aspirations of success,
fame nor fortune. The needs of the many outweigh
the needs of the one and the few. There will be
sacrifices that are made, but what do these matter
to the many that are lead to new lands
and moving to growth.
Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land
and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
4. Leaders have to build a team of diversity across
gender, culture, religion and generation that can
work together and accomplish the needed goals
beyond personal goals and selfish desires.
The lusts of the heart can destroy the foundation
that has been built. A brief moments desire can
wash away all successes. The leader must show
the people that they are stronger together and
embrace each other differences as strengths.
“Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to
what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection.
Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful
in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope,
be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute
to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.”
5. Leaders understand how to combine people with their
strengths and weaknesses to accomplish the goals that
benefit everyone. Through design, example and modeling
with strength, compassion and purpose. No successful
leader will lead for long with fear and threats.
“Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are
keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have
to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not
with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.”
6. Leaders will teach others to lead and guide their
growth and development with direction that has a
destination. Understanding that the journey is more
important than the destination. That learning comes
when challenges are faced, lessons learned and
even failure contains life lessons.
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in
due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”
7. Leaders will challenge others to do their best
beyond their abilities. Using words, deeds and
actions that build others, that inspire others to
push past their perceived limitations and move
beyond being tired, depleted and even feeling
of being defeated.
“Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility
count others more significant than yourselves.”
8. Leaders will sacrifice for the good of others
and model by their actions, words and deeds.
Leaders know they are always being watched,
people will look for flaws, weaknesses, struggles
in character and emotional conflicts. No leader
is perfect, leaders seek guidance as well from
those they lead.
“Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but
in an abundance of counselors there is safety.”
9. Leaders think forward and out of the box.
I teach my students to always “think out of the
box,” to be transformational learners and leaders.
As people move forward they must grow, they
must evolve and there must be transformational
evolution that allow leaders to grow beyond
where they started and to bring others with them.
“When he had washed their feet and put on his
outer garments and resumed his place, he said to
them, “Do you understand what I have done to
you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are
right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher,
have washed your feet, you also ought to wash
one another’s feet. For I have given you an example,
that you also should do just as I have done to you.”
10. Leaders lead not just with their intellect, they lead
with their hearts, passions and a spirit of excellence.
Leaders open their minds and spirits to the Spirit of
the Lord. To listen to and embrace the Spirit of the
Lord where human knowledge will fail and the
only knowledge that is real and relevant is from
the Holy Spirit of the Lord.
A leader has an intimate and spiritual and intellectual
relationship with God ‘Call to me and I will answer you
and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not
Man himself is not the smartest creature on the planet,
nor in the universe. he has foolishness and folly that
follow him continuously. Man must rely on and trust
in the Lord our God for measures of common sense
and direction. Man cannot be trusted at all times to do
the things necessary to save his soul and save the
souls of others. It is man’s dependency on the Lord and
his faith that the Lord will guide him, teach home and
keep him from doing foolish and sinful things.