Christian Leadership

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For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ; Who gave himself a peculiar people zealous of good works” (Titus 2:11-14).

What or who is a leader? According to the Collins dictionary, a leader is a person that leads; a guiding or directing head of a group. In other words, a leader is somebody who is in charge of others. Leadership is more than simply skills. It is based on call and character. There are three main things that make a good leader. The first is that a leader must practice what he preaches. The second is that he has to look after and protect those around him. The third is that he must be able to develop other good leaders. The Bible quote above states that, we should live soberly, righteously and godly in the present word.

What should a Christian leader be like? There is no finer example for Christian leadership than our Lord Jesus Christ. He declared, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep” (John 10:11). It is within this verse that we see the perfect description of a Christian leader. He is one who acts as a shepherd to those “sheep” in his care. Christians and Christian leaders should use Christ our Lord as an example and behave like He would. The campaign, ‘What would Jesus do?” fits perfectly in this notion.

As a Christian leader, you are held to high moral, ethical, and social standards. As a leader, you are held to high standards, but as a Christian leader, that bar is raised even higher. This is because both the Christian and non-Christian social environment has tended to expect that Christians measure up to their self-proclaimed moral and ethical standards, as they rightly should. As a Christian leader, much is expected from you. Others may look up to you for direction and as an example. It is essential that you live up to what is expected of you. However, that being said, there are several challenges that Christian leaders face in Africa in this day and age as would anyone. We will examine the social, cultural and economic challenges.

Theology can be defined as the field of study and analysis that treats God and of God’s attributes and relations to the universe; study of divine things or religious truth; divinity. In this report I will give a Theological response to some of the challenges a Christian leader encounters in Africa today based on the Bible.

1.Social challenges

Social challenges are challenges relating to human society and how it is organized. They relate to the way in which people in groups behave and interact. Some of the social challenges are issues relating to family life, marriage, homosexuality, drugs and alcohol abuse, war and violence, abortion, prostitution and many more.

Africa is a continent filled with people of various cultural backgrounds and ethnic groups. This diversity can be problematic. The reasons of the growing tide of ethnic conflicts in the world and in Africa include a reaction against over-centralized, corrupt and exploitative governments, a search for cultural identity amid the constant changes and confusion of modern society and alienation, which threatens the very roots of community. In Africa, the conflicts are also being driven by profound forces of change in the economic and political spheres, by increased human migration and by resentment of injustice, both real and perceived.

According to Samuel Kunhiyop, when economic growth slows, ethnic identity becomes more salient, this is due to competition over scarce resources. In many African societies, competition for power and wealth involves groups that are divided on ethnic backgrounds, cultural or religious lines. In Kenya, the post-election violence in 2007 can attest to this....
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