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Christian Leadership

 There is a crying need for leaders in the Kingdom of God. Therefore leadership training is an essential part of what the Church should do. This leadership course concentrate on central areas of the subject Christian Leadership.

False and genuine leadership

Dominating Leaders

-The Nicolaittes. Rev 2:14-15. The name of the leader of this sect – Nikolaus – means victorious, triumphant over the people. A distinct division between clerics and laity. A leader should be gentle, loving and caring.

-Diotrephes. 3 John 9-11a. We are warned against dominating leaders filled with pride.

-Peter’s warning. 1 Pet. 5:1-4. A leader should lead through a serving example, he, not by ruling and acting like a boss.

-True leadership. Math. 20:20-28. Is not occupied with positions, but with serving.

-Ezek. 34:1-16. God is our pattern.

The contrast between true and dominating leadership

True Leader

Dominating Leaders

Exercise influence from WITHIN through encouraging, inspiring and motivating.

Controls from WITHOUT through restrictions, rules and regulations.

Has a good relation with his co-workers and shows respect for the individual.

Works together with his co-workers against long term plans taking the development of the co-worker into consideration.

Aiming at making himself redundant.

Estimates the single worker.  Encourages and commends instead of criticizing.

Seeks to strengthen the co-worker, encouraging feedback, shares the honor for success.

Always willing to explain decisions and the reason for them.

Gives the single person freedom, encourages ideas and participation.

Is a “heart-person” who is caring for others.

Relates to co-workers according to the attitude: ”I am up here, you are down there”.

Demands immediate results, even if it ruins the potential of the co-worker.

Creates an atmosphere where his sub-ordinates remain dependant upon him.

Has a condescending attitude against the workers. Criticizes mistakes.

Seeks to rule the co-worker, takes the honor for all successes, does not allow any positive criticism of the leader.

Takes questions as personal criticism and lack of loyalty.

Limits the freedom of the individual, takes all the decisions, no training.


Is a ”head-person” that is occupied with himself.

The calling of a leader

The Necessity

John. 1,6. If you want to succeed as a Christian leader you must start with a calling from God. Jer. 23:21.32. 27:15.

God rejects false leaders.

Self-appointed leaders. Korah – Numbers 16&17.

-He made others rebel against the existing spiritual leadership.

-He openly criticizes the person in leadership.

-He accuses the leader for things in which he himself was guilty. 16:3

-He was not satisfied with the position in which he had been put.

-He continued to grumble. 16:11

Leaders appointed by men. Saul. 1.Sam. 8:11

Leaders appointed by God. Paul. 1.Tim.1:12-17.

Our Response to God’s calling

Moses is called

His younger years – his own power. Acts. 7:23-25

The dessert university – learning humility.

The burning bush. Ex 3:1-11

The feeling of being unworthy. Ex.3:1.

Fear of being rejected. Ex.3:13-16

Disbelief. Ex.4:1.

Lacking abilities. (ability to speak) Ex.4:10

Feeling of inferiority. Ex. 4:13

Lacking fruit in his life. Ex. 5:21-22

Jeremiah is called

His tribulations – he needed a strong calling.

The word of the Lord. Jer. 1:4-10

Excuses. A youngster with problems to express himself. 1:6. Fear. 1:8-9

Gideon is called

The Angel of the Lord. Judge. 6:11-12

Six excuses:

-The conditions he lived under 6:13

-Disbelief and frustration 6:13

-No miracles. 6:13

-Inferiority. 6:15

-Family background. 6:15

-I am too young. 6:1

God’s answer: 6:16, 6:34

Heart qualifications for a Christian leader

A leader must keep his heart pure

That is the source of all attitudes and acts.

Prov. 4:23. Phil. 4:7

It is the source of all we speak.

Math. 12:34b-35

In order for it not to be defiled – heresy and fanaticism.

Mark. 7:14-23

A leader must have a father’s heart 1.Cor.4:15

The father’s heart of Jesus

Compassion. Math. 9:35-36

Care. Math. 9:11-13

Willingness. Math. 8:1-3

Humility. Phil. 2:5-10

Warmth. Luke. 10:38-42. John. 12:1-8

Forgiveness. Luke. 15:32. John.8:11

Self-sacrifice. John. 10:15

Serving. John.13:14

A father’s gentleness

1.Thes.2:7. 2.Tim.2:24. Tit.3:2. Jac.3:17. 2.Cor.10:1. Gal.5:22

A father’s correction and admonition

Eph.6:4. Acts.20:31. 1.Cor.4:14. 1.Thes.5:12

The father’s heart of Paul – balance

To discipline and admonish


Reproof- 1.Cor.11:17





To love and protect







A leader must have a servant’s heart.

A slave of love. Deut.15:1-23

The servant who is greatest. Math.20:20-28. 23:11

Jesus as a servant

Luke. 12:37

Luke. 22:27

John. 13

Mark. 10:43

John. 12:24-26

Phil. 2:8

A leader must have a Shepard’s heart.

God is the Great Shepard.

Psalm 23:1. Psalm 80:1. Ezek.34:11ff. Is. 40:11. Psalm 77:21.

Jesus as the Good Shepard

John. 10. Hebr. 13:20. 1 Pet.2:25. 1.Pet.5:4

The Shepard is  watching

Acts.20:28-31. Hebr.13:17

The Shepard is protecting

Psalm 121:3 John.17:11

The Shepard is leading


Meekness, sensibility, friendliness, full of attention, patient.

Being a hireling vs. Being a Shepard

The Hireling

The Shepard

Labors only for money Mt.20:7

Has no heart for the people

Leaves when trouble comes. Jer.46:21

Is unfaithful towards his master.

Feeds himself, and not the sheep Ezek. 34:3

Neglects the sheep

Lacks mercy- Ezek. 34:4

Is harsh, cruel and forceful

Scatters the sheep

Is not willing to make personal sacrifices- Ezek. 34:2

Is ambitious for position, but avoids responsibility

Does not take time to bind up the sheep’s wounds

Dominates the sheep

Does not care about the sheep’s needs

Produces unfruitfulness in the sheep

Labors out of love

Has a heart for the people

Gives this life for the sheep. John. 10:11

Faithfully serves his master.

Feeds the sheep

Tenderly cares for the sheep

Is full of mercy

Leads the people wisely

Unites the sheep

Is always willing to make personal sacrifices

Is not oriented to position, but has a servant’s heart

Binds the brokenhearted and heals the bruised

Leads the sheep lovingly

Discerns needs of the sheep

Cause the sheep to be fruitful

Character traits of a leader

If you repeat an act, you create a habit. If you follow a habit, you create a character. If you live out a character, you create a destiny.

Andre Maurois

If I take care of my character, my reputation will take care of itself.

D.L. Moody

The gifts of the Spirit are given by grace, but the development of a character takes time and personal efforts.

God’s intention with men:

– Gen.1:26-28- Have dominion.

– Math. 5:48. 2.Cor.13:9. Eph. 4:13. 2.Tim. 3:17.- Be perfect

– Gal. 4:19 – To have Christ formed in us

– 2 Pet. 1:3 – To honor and glorify God

Definition of ‘Character’

-The Character is the seat of a person’s moral side.

-The Character is the inner life of a man.

-The Character is the combination of the qualities that characterizes us.

-Our Character shows itself in the way we react when whe are put under pressure.

-The Character is the sum of the positive and the negative sides in our life.

Character is a perfectly educated will.


The word Character in Greek:: charasso

Carving, engraving, image. Hebr. 1:3

When God develops our character

2 Pet. 1:1-11

Be partakers of divine nature and great promises

Maturity of the divine nature

Zeal, faith, honorable life, knowledge, self-discipline

Endurance, fear of God, brotherly care and love

The faithfulness of God

Phil. 1:6. Psalm 32:3-4. Hebr. 10:32. Psalm 18:30

Psalm 12:6. Psalm 119:67. Hebr. 12:7

Hidden sins

The purpose of God’s dealings

Be formed after the image of  Jesus. 2.Cor.3:18

Cleanse us

That we might bear much fruit

Prepare us for ministry. 2.Tim.2:19-21

Give us a new spiritual perspective. 2.Cor.4:16-18


1 Thes.1:1-5. Hebr.12:5-7. 1.Cor.10:13

Important character qualities of a leader


Have the same spirit and burden as his spiritual leader


Devoted to the church

Right motives

A shepherd’s heart


The ability to get along with people

Deliberation in making decisions

A lover and enjoyer of other people

Not dominating


Not a respecter of person

A servant’s heart

Not a busybody

Guards a secret

Spirit of sacrifice

Does not require a salary of the Church

Successful in a secular job

Lives consistently with Bible principles

Not addicted to the goods of this world

Good habits

Doer of the Word

Teachable spirit

Receives correction and changes

Supportive, not competitive toward others

Submissive spirit

Humble heart

Transparent, open and honest nature

 Written & taken by permission of  Dr. Leif  S. Jacobsen  ,


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