“Leaders are readers and readers are leaders.” David S. Dockery
My hope is that you will be inspired to become a visionary Christian leader who will implement leadership, mission, and vision in your churches, ministries and organizations that passionately motivates people to cooperate in the fulfillment of the Great Commandment and the Great Commission.
I read Christian Leadership Essentials: A Handbook for Managing Christian Organizations by David S. Dockery wherein lies the following four principles: 1. Speak knowledgeably. 2. Have a strong devotional Life; 3. Honor the truth both in my living and in my speaking. 4. Use the opportunities available to me to teach and to instruct different groups of people just as Jesus did. Leaders are examples to others, role models, and teachers.
Jesus spoke knowledgeably about the Scriptures because He understood them. Therefore, He spoke with holy boldness and godly confidence and the people who heard and listened to Him were amazed. Jesus interpreted the Scriptures and spoke with authority because He was the Word in the flesh, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1 Reading the Word of God, meditating on and memorizing Scriptures, and seeking God’s face for discernment, knowledge, wisdom, and understanding are paramount to speaking and being knowledgeable concerning the Word of God. Having a strong prayer life ensuring that we set aside devotional time with God is an essential factor in Christian leadership. According to Luke 5:16; 6:12; 9:18, 28, Jesus had a strong devotional life and would often go off to pray and spend time alone with God. Effective leadership is founded on the truth of God’s Word. Leaders are marked by constancy, expectancy, fidelity, humility, loyalty, and truth. Jesus honored the truth in His living and in His speaking and we must follow in His footsteps as Christian leaders. We must exercise our power to the greatest extent possible in ways and for ends consistent with all things good, honorable, and according to the will of God. We must practice what we preach by applying the Word of God to every area of our lives allowing our lives to be a living witness and testimony to the grace, mercy, and goodness of God.
According to Dockery, leaders operate in many areas such as: coach, educator, pastor, mentor, and team leader and must function as catalysts, entrepreneurs, final arbiters, judges, managers, mediators, and politicians. It is essential for leaders to focus on administration, fund-raising, and building relationships with various populations and communities while finding ways in these contexts to remind others of the importance of Christ’s call on one’s life, of serving others, and of advancing the Christ-centered mission of the organization. Biblical leadership is learned through experience. Therefore, I believe we must use our personal life experiences to help others through leading by example. We must take advantage of every opportunity made available to us, by God, to share Jesus, the good news of the Gospel, and to show the love of God to all whom we meet and come in contact with on a daily basis: And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15
I noticed four common characteristics or traits of Christian leaders during my reading: 1. Christian leaders share a commitment to the importance of Christ-centered and church-focused ministry. The renewing power of God’s Spirit and the development of godly and well-equipped leaders result in faithfulness to the gospel and to institutional and organizational mission; 2. Christian leaders recognize the need to be open to change as long as the changes help advance the overall mission and purpose of the organization. Those in leadership work to accept people as they are and not necessarily as they would like them to be; 3. Christian leaders take the lead, initiate ideas and plans, and move people to follow by showing them consideration and affirmation; and 4. Christian leaders seek to serve faithfully without constant approval and recognition from others as they recognize that their calling to lead is a calling to serve.
As Christian leaders we hope for a new generation of leaders to extend the kingdom of God through God-glorifying Christian organizations who are committed to the Great Commandment and the Great Commission.
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