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A Paper Presented to Dr. William J. Higley Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary
In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Course CLED 510 Biblical Foundations of Christian Leadership
by Artis Taylor and Ashley Banks April 2011
The need for this principle is ever present in churches today where the sanctity of the leadership has been compromised. Kenneth. Joseph. Moses had the daunting task of judging the disputes of the people. 1995. being a man. The conduct a leader displays gives those under that leader a chance to make a personal observation and decide whether or not the leader exhibits such traits as character and trustworthiness.LEADERSHIP PRINCIPLES Leadership is everything. but his character was such that he did jot give in. This paper seeks to provide leadership principles from a biblical perspective concentrating on the Old Testament. was faced with a temptation that is common t men. Genesis 39:7-10. Grand Rapids: Baker Books. should have a set of principles by which they govern their lives. Principle 1 from Genesis Character must be exemplified even when faced with temptation. too.atlantapost. Leaders set the tone of an environment. which may not have been discovered. must govern his or her life from a set of leadership principles.3 Being the leader of the Israelites. Exodus 18:24-26. The NIV Study Bible. 1995. He had the opportunity to take a moment of selfish pleasure. In moments of selfgratification through undesirable means. A leader. Leaders set the example for his or her subordinates to follow. 113. When Moses' father-in-law came to visit. in the subsection of concerning Potiphor's wife bring to light an important leadership principle: character. 1 . 65. Kenneth. April 23. then. 2011 3 Barker. leaders need to have the character and integrity to say no to self for the well-being of the entire organization. he noticed how Moses' personal life was 1 2 Barker.2 Principle 2 from Exodus Success is a collaborative effort not the result of one person. Grand Rapids: Baker Books. The NIV Study Bible.1 In the story of Joseph. www. Christian leaders. retrieved Saturday.com.
a Christian leader's conduct is not governed by how he or she is treated. In Leviticus 19:37. Leviticus 19:32-37. I am the LORD. it is governed by word of God. Numbers 12:1-16. Principle 3 from Leviticus Be considerate of those under your charge and be considerate of others who are not. Third. Ibid. causes issues in personal life. 170."5 In other words. First. in order to achieve public success. treat strangers the same way you treat your church family. One important lesson every church leader should know is that the church's success cannot be maintained if the personal life of the leader is not a success.2 neglected while he took care of the people. "Obey all my laws and commands. 205-206. This passage is good manners at its best. are worthy of respect.4 Every human being.6 4 5 Ibid. This principle states that others even the people who are not under your leadership should receive your respect and care if they come to the church where you lead. respect your elders. The most important thing to note in this passage is the reason why every child of God should follow these commands. cause leaders to lose the respect of their subordinates thereby making it hard to continue to lead. . God said. be fair to everyone you encounter. These issues. 6 Ibid. Second. Neglecting your personal life. Moses saw the wisdom in Jethro's advice and appointed capable men to help him judge the people. when brought to light. Principle 4 from Numbers Care for people who mistreat you. despite their actions. Jethro offered Moses the advice to appoint others to help him rule.
God gave Joshua instructions on how to win a battle against the fortified city of Jericho. It appears that they sought to discredit Moses because they did not like a personal decision he made. Moses response to his people's shortcomings was to show the outcomes of their actions and set the expectation of their success when they follow God's commands. He also recounted the directives that he had given them. the shortcomings continue. Joshua 6:1-27. and stir up dissension for them. whereas. From all aspects.3 When Moses married a Cushite woman.7 In the first chapter of Deuteronomy. Mirriam and Aaron spoke against him. 242-244. God intervened and explained the special relationship that he and Moses shared. God spoke to Moses face to face. Ibid. 295-296. he focused on the well-being of the one who wronged him. From my experiences. Deuteronomy 1:1-46. Principle 6 from Joshua Pay attention to detail. no one likes to be reminded of their shortcomings. Moses began to recount the failures of the Israelites. Principle 5 from Deuteronomy Review lessons learned from past failures and to ensure future successes.8 In the sixth chapter of Joshua. . When God punished Miriam with leprosy for her assault on Moses. but without that reminder. He wanted to ensure that the nation of Israel was successful. he spoke to prophets in visions and dreams. cause their failure. Moses did not focus on his being wronged. Leaders need to develop a real love for people that allows them to care for the very people who work to undermine their leadership. God told Joshua to have his army march around the city with 7 8 Ibid. it seems as if Moses was reviewing their past failures in an effort to avoid making those same mistakes in the future.
attention to detail must be a part of their make up. When this type of leadership is practiced. Barak refused to go unless Deborah was with him. Barak was the leader of the army. but for the entire church or organization. Deborah did not have to shine in order to lead the nation of Israel. Deborah. knowing that God now said the victory would be credited to a woman could have sought out victory for herself. For leaders to be successful. They were not to sound the war cry until the seventh day. 9 Ibid. He followed God's command to most minute detail.9 In Judges. and not try to achieve success for just themselves. it was prophesied that God would give success to the army. . 331-332. If they cannot pay attention to detail. and Deborah sent him to conquer the Canaanites. She only had to lead. Joshua did exactly that. in the story of Deborah. Judges 4:4-10. they were to march around the city seven times and sound the war cry when trumpets sound was long.4 the priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant and blowing trumpets in front of them once a day for six days. they should have at least one detailed-oriented person assisting them. Principle 7 from Judges Successful leadership is not measured by accolades or position but by success and development of the people and the organization. The prophecy changed a little. but Deborah was more concerned with the success of all of her people not just her personally. On the seventh day. There was no deviation. Joshua attention to detail ensured their success. and the victory would be credited to a woman. In other words. Leaders should follow the example of Deborah. the people make their leaders look good.
11 In 1 Samuel 24. and he wasted no time in recognizing her for hard work and rewarding her with more than enough grain for her and Naomi. but he did not kill Saul as his men wanted him to. David had the courage to take 10 11 Ibid. Ibid. Saul had hunted David to kill him. 364. Boaz did not concentrate on her being a foreigner. Ruth was selfless in her actions.10 When Ruth and her mother-in-law. and he recounted Ruth's selfless acts of leaving her parents and homeland in order to care for Naomi. 1 Samuel 24:6-7. Boaz concentrated on her selfless service. Boaz instructed his servants and hired hands to leave extra in the fields so Ruth could gather extra. David had the courage to not satisfy his men's desire. David did sneak up to Saul. returned to Naomi's home town. Ruth cared for Naomi. Principle 9 from 1 Samuel Exhibit the courage to do the right thing even when everyone else wants to do wrong. . When his men sought to kill Saul themselves. Ruth 2:8-12. Naomi. All of David's men wanted him to exact revenge on Saul. He proclaimed that Ruth should be rewarded. Saul happened into a cave where David and his men were hiding. They even reminded David that he was chosen by God and that God would deliver his enemy into his hands. Leaders should head the actions of Boaz and recognize people for their accomplishments and not overlook people who are different or who have different ideas. She went out and worked to ensure that she and Naomi would have food to eat. 407. His actions were not swayed by his workers pointing out her differences to him. This caught the eye of Boaz. David was in a position to exact revenge on Saul.5 Principle 8 from Ruth Celebrate people for their accomplishments not because of who they are.
Principle 10 from 2 Samuel Admit to mistakes and accept responsibility. to confront him. David admitted to his mistake. yet he had wives he could have chosen from. 435-436. God sent the prophet. Bathsheba. Leaders today need to be willing to admit to their wrong and accept the repercussions that come from wrong deeds. 12 Ibid. The parable spoke of a rich man with many sheep killing a poor man's sheep for a meal in order to avoid killing his own sheep to make a meal. Nathan gave a parable to David concerning a rich man's maltreatment of a poor man. Nathan. .12 When David sinned with Bathsheba.6 another stand and stop them. he did accept the penalty God imposed on him because he knew he had sinned against God. Leaders should have the courage to stand up for the right thing even when their followers are seeking to do wrong…even when they seek to take advantage of others. Upon this confrontation of his sin. While David mourned. The penalty was the death of the child that resulted from that sin. 2 Samuel 12:1-22. This correlated to David's sin because he slept with Uriah's wife.
The NIV Study Bible. Grand Rapids: Baker Books. Kenneth.7 BIBLIOGRAPHY Barker. . 1995.
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