LEADERSHIP: PORTRAIT OF A GODLY LEADER

“Lord, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill? He who walks uprightly, and works righteousness, and speaks the truth in his heart; He who does not backbite with his tongue, nor does evil to his neighbor, nor does he take up a reproach against his friend; in whose eyes…

LEADERSHIP: CLOSE TO THE HEART OF GOD

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”  James 4:8 When Samuel first heard God’s voice, he was “in the tabernacle of the Lord where the ark of God was” (1 Samuel 3:3). That was a good place to be, because that location was as close to the presence of God as…

LEADERSHIP: CLOSER THAN A BROTHER

But He answered and said to the one who told Him, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?” And He stretched out His hand toward His disciples and said, “Here are My mother and My brothers!”  Matthew 12:48-49 When you’re looking for potential leaders, if someone you’re considering lacks loyalty, he’s disqualified. Don’t…

LEADERSHIP: REPENTANCE BRINGS REWARD

“Then Job answered the Lord and said: ‘Behold, I am vile; What shall I answer You? I lay my hand over my mouth. Once I have spoken, but I will not answer; Yes, twice, but I will proceed no further’.”  Job 40:3-5 When God confronted Job with His power and majesty, Job responded with absolute…

LEADERSHIP: ANOINTED TO LEAD

“Now it was so, when Moses came down from Mount Sinai (and the two tablets of the Testimony were in Moses’ hand when he came down form the mountain), that Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone while he talked with Him . . . Afterward all the children of Israel…

LEADERSHIP: EVALUATE, THEN EMPOWER

“If anyone wants to provide leadership in the church, good! But there are preconditions.”  1 Timothy 3:1 (The Message) The place to start empowering people is by evaluating them. With inexperienced people, if you give them too much authority too soon, you can be setting them up to fail. With people who have lots of…

LEADERSHIP: GIVE YOUR ALL

“Thus Jehu destroyed Baal from Israel. However Jehu did not turn away from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who had made Israel sin, that is, from the golden calves that were at Bethel and Dan.” 2 Kings 10:28-29 Call him a man with a mission. Jehu not only accepted a charge from God…

LEADERSHIP: ABUSE OF POWER

“And he wrote in the letter, saying, ‘Set Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retreat from him, that he may be struck down and die’.”  2 Samuel 11:15 Pittacus wrote, “The measure of a man is what he does with power.” Second Samuel 11 tells the story of a king who forgot…

LEADERSHIP: THREE QUESTIONS FOR CHRISTIAN LEADERS

By the rivers of Babylon, There we sat down, yea, we wept when we remembered Zion. We hung our harps upon the willows in the midst of it. For there, those who carried us away captive asked of us a song. And those who plundered us requested mirth. Saying, “Sing us one of the songs of…

LEADERSHIP: COPING WITH DIFFICULT PEOPLE

“Therefore David said to the Gibeonites, ‘What shall I do for you? And with what shall I make atonement, that you may bless the inheritance of the Lord’?” 2 Samuel 21:3 Every leader faces difficult people and draining circumstances. The Gibeonites were difficult for David. The following difficult personality types commonly accost leaders today: Personality…