There have been copious books and articles written about leadership. There have been many good leaders and also many bad leaders. As this discussion goes forward, we will look at the properties and characteristics of leadership. The intent will be to get an overall view of good leadership and then narrow the focus to what biblical leadership is and how it impacts believers today. There may be times when you think we have regressed to the past and there will be times when what is written will challenge your thinking about what really is biblical leadership. The intent is to stimulate thinking and discussion about what true church leadership means from God’s viewpoint.
To give you somewhat of an overview of where the posts will go, I give you the following: A look at secular ideas about leadership and glean some positive takeaways, then we will follow with what modern church leaders think biblical leadership means and give a critique on those thoughts. We will then look at what God says in His Word about what He expects of leaders of the church. Be prepared to spend time following this discussion subject as it will take a number of posts to flesh it out.
Why this subject? The advent of the modern intellectual has produced bending of what God’s Word teaches because “they know best.” I think Paul said it rather well: “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He takes (th) the wise in their own craftiness.” (1 Corinthians 3:19) Unfortunately, unbridled egos of the degreed leaders have led the church into murky waters and have misdirected church leaders as to what biblical leadership really is. We will pursue this avenue of thinking as we progress through what has become the muddy water of what Scripture says about leadership.