“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” (2 Tim 3:16-17)
Leadership philosophies and writings are ubiquitous in contemporary western society. A quick trip to Barnes and Noble will yield hundreds of books on leadership by gurus both young and old. As Christian leaders seek to improve their leadership acumen, they are presented with a wide array of materials from which to learn. The challenge in wading through the vast sea of knowledge on this topic is how to discern that which is worthy and effective. The Christian leader has a measuring instrument at the ready to determine what is useful and what may be discarded as sheer pablum: God’s Word.
Although secular texts have aided immensely in the research and application of leadership theory, the Sacred Text has stood the test of time with a leadership motif which flows throughout the entire canon. God has provided in His Word examples of both genuine leadership (Joshua 6) and poor leadership (Matthew 23). The illustrations and imperatives in Scripture are sufficient in providing us the image of the ideal Christian leader. Thankfully, many scholars have laboriously exegeted the texts over time and have provided academic works for our encouragement, instruction, and application. Both secular and yes, Christian writings on this topic must be held up to the light of Scripture to determine their validity in the realm of Christocentric leadership. Christian leaders, as we continue the leadership journey, may we continually raise the Bible as the standard and never compromise its veracity.
-Soli Deo Gloria