3. Where can I learn about Christian leadership?

GOD TEACHES US ABOUT CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP THROUGH THREE MAIN RESOURCES

God doesn’t leave us to make it up ourselves but has generously provided resources.

GOD’S PRECEPTS

God’s Word is the primary and foundational source of teaching on Christian leadership.

The Christian leader must follow God’s general moral precepts (The Ten Commandments) and leader-specific precepts and commands (e.g. 1 Tim. 3:2; 2 Tim. 2:24).

GOD’S PATTERNS

God also provides us with models, or metaphors, of leadership: the servant, the shepherd, the captain, the father, the steward, etc.

These models come alive in the lives of Jesus, biblical characters, church history, and in our pastors and elders.

AND GOD’S PROVIDENCE

In God’s gracious providence, he has given leadership gifts to many outside the Church: We can learn from leaders in politics, the military, sports, business, etc., as long as we use the Bible first, most, as our framework, and as our sieve.

SUMMARY: God teaches us about Christian leadership through three main resources: his precepts, his patterns, and his providence.

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