A Biblical Foundation of Leadership
A paper submitted to Dr. Michael Mitchell
In partial fulfillment of the Requirements for
the course LEAD 510
Liberty Theological seminary
Saturday, October 25, 2013
Table of Contents
Principle 1: Acknowledge My Maker 2
Principle 2: Dependent 3
Principle 3: Above Reproach 4
Principle 4: Know and Claim God’s Promises 5
Principle 5: Surrendered 6
Principle 6: Servant 7
Principle 7: One Master 8
Principle 8: Personal Pursuit 9
Principle 9: Grace-Filled 9
Principle 10: Knows the Power of Words 10
He showed me what a prized possession it was, beautifully painted capturing unique emotion. The Mona Lisa carries ultimate value if it is the original piece of art, and that is because the art was crafted together my the masterpiece Leonardo da Vinci. The art carries worth because it was touched by and designed by its creator. Knowing that I carry value because I have been sculpted and pieced together by God, the master creator, gives me immense value. That truth also quiets personal stresses that women, in particular, wrestle with them critiquing the bodies God has created them to have. One must know who her maker is, and also trust that the Maker had purpose in each stroke. I must believe that when God made me He said that I am “very good.” Unless a person is at peace with who the Lord created her to be, she is unable to lead.
Principle 2: Dependent
I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.
Jesus, during his years of ministry as a physical man, he spoke of continual connection to his Father. Even as the Son of God who is able to call down angelic forces with His word, Jesus claimed to be fully dependent on a relationship with God.
In the ministry I lead to children, hosting around 700 elementary students in our Sunday services, our system is so perfected and clean I often forget that our work is grander than a well-oiled machine. The purpose of what we do, is to lead children into a growing relationship with Jesus, and not simply to host them for an hour. Every day I work, I have to remind myself that apart from God I “can do nothing.” As I lead, I must vocalize my dependence even when my mind wants to trick my heart into believing: “I’ve got this!” Me and the team I lead are able to host a great children’s event. People can come, have a great time and be enamored by the environment and stage presentations. However, that would be a fail. We are fully dependent on God to make the eternal difference. We do our best and most excellent work, and then offer it to him to go beyond our work and to change a child’s heart to have faith, to restore parents back into unity, and to bring peace to homes filled with strife. A great leader is a dependent leader.
Principle 3: Above Reproach
Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined.
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