DISTINCTIVE MARKS OF CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP

 

1.           Distinctive as to its Position (Christ is the one who is the leader.)

2.           Distinctive in its Character Requirements  I Timothy 3.1-7 marks a place before leadership is assumed.

3.           Distinctive as to its Source:  I Corinthians 12.7/Romans 12.1

                      Peter - Acts 4.8-12 - Personal Struggle

                      James - Acts 15.12-21 - Wisdom

                      Paul - Acts/Epistles - Intellect

                      Timothy - Philippians 2.19-21 - Sacrificial

4.           Distinctive as to its Enablement - gifts, presence, power

5.           Distinctive as to its Ambition - aim of ambition - James 3.14

6.           Distinctive in its Motivation:  proistemi - to lead (Rom 12.8), to assist, to care for, to join, to protect (I Thess. 5.12)

7.           Distinctive as to its Authority: II Cor. 4.5 - Servant leader

 

What Are Some of Christ’s Interests in the Lives of Others?

 

1.           Christ is interested in God’s Glory (John 17.4)

2.           Christ is interested in Proper Worship (Matt. 21.12-17; John 2.13-22; 4.24)

3.           Christ is interested in Discipleship (Matt. 28.16-20; Mk. 1.16-17; John 17.6)

4.           Christ is interested in the Great Commission (Matt. 28.16; Mk.16.14f.; Lk. 24.44f.; John 20.19f.; Acts 1.8.

5.  Christ is interested in Restoring Sinning Saints (Matt. 18.15,16)

6.  Christ is interested in Confronting Sin (Matt. 18.15-20)

7.  Christ is interested in disciplining rebellious saints to maintain the Purity of The Church (Matt. 18.15-20)

8.           Christ is interested in correcting Competitive Leadership (Mk.10.43f.

9.           Christ is interested in Stable Marriages (Matt. 5.31f., 19.3-12)

10. Christ is interested in having Authoritative Leadership (Matt.18.18-20; 28.20; Mk. 6.7; John 20.21-23.

 

“What is most interesting is that the leadership style which has evolved from multimillion dollars of research . . . is not far removed from the leadership style which Scripture delineates from the start!  It is a style which recognizes the inherent value of the individual and the worth of human relations not only as a means to an end but as an end in itself.”  (Kenneth O. Gangel, Competent to Lead (Chicago:  Moody, 1974), p. 10.

 

                      This kind of leadership produces the kind of impact made by first century leaders when “Christ turned straw into bricks, no bodies into some-bodies, recruits into generals.” (Butt, The Velvet-Covered Brick, p. 16)

 

See Also Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson, The One-Minute Manager (NY: Wm. Morrow Co., 1982); T.J. Peters/R.H. Waterman, In Search of Excellence (NY: Harper, 1982)

                                                                                                                   

James Strauss, Lincoln, IL 62656