Running head: CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP PRINCIPLES
Christian Leadership Principles
Ginger Gonzalez and Gilbert Tamez, Jr.
In partial fulfillment of the requirements for New Testament Principles (BIBL1073)
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Christian Leadership Principles
Throughout history, there have been many exemplary leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr., George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. These men are just a few in a long list of people that provide us with a basis of what a great leader should look like. These men are adept at public speaking. They know how to inspire their audience and spur them on to create a better world for themselves and others. They show us what it is to have courage, faith and to reach for the impossible.
While we hear so much about men like these, there is one man who we may tend to forget. This man was the leader of all leaders. This man was Jesus Christ.
A leader is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as a “guide” or a “directing head or chief”. Throughout this study there will be many examples of Jesus’ strong leadership skills. We will see how we need to, as Christians, follow Jesus’ example of leading people with love, encouragement, forbearance, strength, understanding, motivation and a steady, guiding hand. These will be skills that you can use in the modern world today to guide people within your church, home, business or any other type of organization.
All great leaders should have a vision statement. Creating a vision statement means setting goals of where you want your organization to be in the future. This helps to keep your people focused and motivated. You can think of your vision as the big picture. Keep in mind that you need to use the Christian examples of leadership styles as shown to us by Jesus in the following text. Let’s take a look at Jesus’ vision statement for His people.
“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” (John 17:20-23)
The above passage is Jesus’ vision statement for his people. As you can see, Jesus believed that unity among one another is very important. Jesus wanted more for his people than just organizational unity; Jesus wanted spiritual unity as well. Promoting a sense of unity is an integral part of building a team atmosphere. When you encourage spiritual oneness amongst your followers, or team, it creates a sense of being one working together for the good of the entire body.
Once you have created your vision statement the next step is to create your mission statement. Jesus’ mission statement was “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.” (John 4:34) The word mission, as defined by Webster’s, means “the work they are sent to do” or “an aim in life, arising from a conviction or sense of calling”. Jesus knew and understood that God had given him a task that needed to be carried out and fulfilled. It is very important as a leader to make sure your team knows and understands what you expect from them. Once your team has a clear picture of what you expect for them, stress the...
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