9/2/2018 Introduction to Christian Leadership


• What is leadership?
• What does good leadership look like?
• What is the difference between Christian leadership
and secular leadership?
• Why is spiritual formation so important to
• Why and how God calls us to lead?

What is leadership?
• A leader is someone who knows where he's going and can get others to follow him. (Howard Hendricks)
• A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. (John Maxwell)
• Leadership is influence (John Maxwell)
• Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things. (Peter Drucker)
• People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives. (Theodore Roosevelt)

What does good leadership look like?

A good leader:
• Encouraging/Supportive
• Provide direction, vision and mission
• Goal oriented/Life-change oriented
• Ability to cause change/Ability to lead to achieve
• High integrity, godly character
• Good example
• Clear communication
• Empower people/Appreciate other people’s idea
• Followers willing to follow
• . . .

What is the difference between Christian leadership and secular leadership?
A Christian leader:
• Has a God-given purpose.
• Move people toward godliness, towards worship, towards honoring Jesus, towards loving people.  Col 1:28-29, He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and
teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. 29To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.
• Choose to serve in attitude and action.
• Guided by the Holy Spirit
• Have faith in God

Why is Spiritual Formation so important to leadership?
1. Identity in Christ: It gives us significance and security so we can
• Draw strength from identity in Christ, not from outside image or approval of others
• Be secure enough to serve and empower others
• Focus on towel, not title or status
2. Calling: Viewing myself as a God called person
• Have purpose, passion and direction in what we do
3. Living in Christ: Abiding in His Word and love
• His Word is the lamp to my feet and light to my path
• Continued growth and life transformation by the renewing of our minds
4. Lordship: God is in control and working through you
• Humility, dependence, peace and rest

Fears and Excuses to Lead
Moses in Exodus 3-4
• Excuse 1: Who am I? (Ex. 3:11)
• Excuse 2: What if they don’t listen? (Ex. 4:1)
• Excuse 3: I’ve never been a good speaker. (Ex. 4:10)
• Excuse 4: I know you can find someone else. (Ex. 4:13)
Look up God’s response to Moses’ each excuse.

Typical fears and excuses to lead
• Inadequate (not knowing enough, not born as a leader, lacking leadership ability)
• Unprepared (lack of training, lack of experience)
• Making wrong decisions
• Being criticized, being rejected
• Shadow of past failures
• Taking responsibility
• Failure

• . . .
What excuses do you have? What do you believe God’s response might be?

The Global Leadership Crisis

God’s Call for Us to Lead
• Leadership is influence, not a title.
    Being made in God’s image means we were created to lead, and God gives us the ability to do it. (Gen 1:26)
    You are the salt of the earth; you are the light of the world. (Matt 5:13-16)
     We are called to make disciples (Matt 28:19-20)
     From statistics, each person influences at least 4 people
every day.

The Basics of Effective Leaders

• They perceive a Need.

• They have a Burden/Passion

• They possess a Gift/Ability.  

       A special gift, a natural talent, a developed ability/skill

• They pursue a Purpose.

• They Influence PEOPLE

Application/Discussion Questions

• When you see/hear the needs around you, which one strikes a chord within your heart?

• What are your passions/interests as they relate to leadership? What do you feel strongly about that you often feel driven to act?

• What is your primary gift? What contribution do you make to the body of Christ that would be most missed if you were gone? What do you add to your organization that you do best?

• What is your clear purpose? Have you defined it? Do you follow your purpose? • How do you influence people? Who do you influence? When do you influence others? Where do you influence them?