Influencing the nations of the earth
PURPOSE OF LEADERSHIP
- Minister Vision – Deuteronomy 32:49
“Go up the Abarim Mountains, to Mount Nebo in the country of Moab, across from Jericho. Look at the land of Canaan that I am giving to the Israelites as their own.” New Century Version
- Lead by serving – Matthew 20:25-28
“25 But Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. 26 But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. 28 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” New Living Translation
- Take oversight and declare the whole counsel of God – Acts 20:26-28
“26 So today I tell you that if any of you should be lost, I am not responsible, 27 because I have told you everything God wants you to know. 28 Be careful for yourselves and for all the people the Holy Spirit has given to you to care for. You must be like shepherds to the church of God, which he bought with the death of his own son.” New Century Version
- Lead by Example – 1 Corinthians 4:15-18
“15 For even if you had ten thousand others to teach you about Christ, you have only one spiritual father. For I became your father in Christ Jesus when I preached the Good News to you. 16 So I urge you to imitate me.
17 That’s why I have sent Timothy, my beloved and faithful child in the Lord. He will remind you of how I follow Christ Jesus, just as I teach in all the churches wherever I go. 18 Some of you have become arrogant, thinking I will not visit you again.” New Living Translation
BIBLICAL LEADERSHIP PRINCIPLES
- Leadership cannot be assumed, the leadership position cannot be obtained by a majority consensus, volunteering or by self-promotion campaigning or marketing oneself. Only God can appoint a leader.
- David was selected by Samuel, a prophet sent by God (1 Sam16: 12).
- Aaron was the only one from among the lot whose rod bud, flowered and bore fruit
- The appointed leader is given a vision by God. This vision is a prophetic picture of God’s requirement of the leader in the process of building.
- Every leader must ensure that the vision is clearly understood firstly by himself, Habakkuk (2:1-2)
- The vision must be effectively communicated to those whom he leads, in so doing clear guidelines for forward movement and expectations are expressed. Vision when clearly communicated creates the culture and develops the willingness and partnership
of the people.
- The delegation of duties in the kingdom of God in His church is not a random act but a well-thought-out intervention where tasks are assigned according to ability (Matt.24: 15).
- Qualifications do not consist of a certification in academia but in character and gifting. The former provides the fuel, which energises the use of the latter.
- This is not to say that leaders must not be knowledgeable in areas of Philosophy, Science, Economics, Psychiatry etc. but this is not the primary focus of a leader’s credentials. He must be able to relate all world knowledge to its relevance to God’s purpose.
- Each leader must “walk worthy of his calling”. This will only be demonstrated if the vision is completely understood as the accuracy of the choices made and the manner or spirit in which it is completed will be appropriate to the task or calling.
- The apostle Paul charged Timothy, a young pastor at the church of Ephesus to ensure that his character was pure and above reproach among the church as it is the pillar and ground of truth (1 Tim.3: 15).
- Apart from natural skills developed via secular education, a Kingdom believer is attributed varying gifts (1Cor12: 10) and leaders are required to use their gifts for the “equipping of the saints”, “for the edification of the body of Christ” (Eph4: 12)
- The administration of gifts must be carried out in love as it empowers others to proceed in their respective direction.
- Leaders honor the Lord among the people and express servanthood (Matt 20:20-28). As such the condition of the heart is of great importance to God
- A leader must be a restorer at heart, and must administer all things in love. 1 Corinthians 13:3 clearly states that without love you are bereft of all substance.
- Leaders are required to bear much fruit (Jn15: 16). Fruit either is of the spirit or productivity, commitment and discipline. Genesis 1:11 states that “fruit tree yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself”.
- The leader must ensure that good fruit is born, as those that s/he leads will develop in the same character. The ideal fruit is character.
- Leadership is not a tool which a man can use to become renowned or wealthy. It is in fact a role created by God in order to achieve His purposes. Leaders are expected to partnership with God in this process, to ensure that the building of His church/community is as accurate as Solomon building the temple. Therefore, a leader must be birthed, crafted and directed by God.
DAVIDIC LEADERSHIP PRINCIPLES
UNDERSTAND THE PROCESS
- David lived as a fugitive and an outlaw in his early years before he became king. Most leaders experience some level of hardship and/or ostracism that prepares them for their leadership role in the future. In this current reformation move of God such experiences are common.
Understanding the Art of War
- David’s art of war was defined by his level of faith in God
- David’s art of war was defined by his dependence on prophetic insight and direction (I Sam. 23:1-5)
Understanding the Team Leadership
- It was in the Judaean wilderness that David launched his movement for the national crown. “And every one who was in distress, and every one who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented, gathered to him; and he became captain over them.” (I Sam. 22:2)
- All leaders must understand their role as builder and leader of teams
- Saul had some thousands of soldiers, but he took strong men and valiant men for himself (1Sam 14:52). David instead took the needy and the broken ones and raised them for the kingdom (1 Sam 22:2).
This is the kind of leadership that is need in the church and community.