In today’s blog post I share twelve leadership principles from the book of Nehemiah.

12 Leadership Principles from the Book of Nehemiah

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Nehemiah is viewed as one of the great leaders and managers of the Old Testament. He led a group of Jews living in Judah to rebuild the walls and gates of Jerusalem in only 52 days! Here are twelve brief leadership principles from the book of Nehemiah. Continue Reading…

From the outset of Luke’s Gospel it is clear that he wants to get his story straight.

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Luke begins in this way,

Many people have set out to write accounts about the events that have been fulfilled among us. They used the eyewitness reports circulating among us from the early disciples. Having carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I also have decided to write a careful account for you, most honorable Theophilus, so you can be certain of the truth of everything you were taught (Luke 1:1-4, NLT).

This is Luke’s main statement about his work, why he did it and how he did it. Continue Reading…

I am twenty eight years old, and I need to develop into the leader that God has designed me to be. This Leadership Development Plan (LDP) will be the tool I use to grow as a leader in my future ministry contexts based on my personality, gifts, and learning styles.

My Leadership Development Plan

The three books I used for my Leadership Development Plan: Maximizing Your Effectiveness (Malphurs), Being Leaders (Malphurs), Building Leaders (Malphurs & Mancini)

This plan was developed in a class I took with Aubrey Malphurs, Ph.D. at Dallas Theological Seminary. Even though this plan might be personal I hope it can serve you as a sample to help you create your own leadership development plan.

A. My Design

1. My Divine Design

According to Andrew Seidel’s book, Charting a Bold Course, my DISC personality profile labels me as a High S. S stands for “Steadiness” which means that I act patiently, want routine, fear change, and respond with nonparticipation.(p. 79) This is good because it means when heading in the direction I think God wants me to go in, I will not give up easily. Continue Reading…

One of the important qualities of a leader is hard work. Being a hard worker does not make someone a leader, but it is an important quality of a leader.

Why Hard Work is ONLY a Quality of a Leader

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In today’s post I will examine Proverbs 12:24 and look at the topic of leadership and hard work. Proverbs 12:24 (NLT) declares:

Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and become a slave.

When examining the Hebrew text of this verse I see a few additional things here: Continue Reading…

Do you know of an organization that lacks wise leadership and advisers directing that organization? If you do, then that organization will fail.

John Maxwell says,  ”Everything rises and falls on leadership.” And, in a way, this is true.

The Bible attests to this, and I am sure that Maxwell’s thought was probably not original with him but instead was derived from his study of the Bible.

Without Wise Leadership a Nation Will Fail

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The book of Proverbs in the Bible mentions the word “leader” or “leadership” six different times. The first time the book mentions leadership is here:

Without wise leadership, a nation falls; there is safety in having many advisers. – Proverbs 11:14 (NLT)

Sadly, there are nations in our world who do not have wise leadership. Some of the conflicts occurring in Ukraine reference this right now.

Proverbs 11:14 in HebrewBased on my own reading of the Hebrew text here are two thoughts about the language as I studied the literal meaning of this verse: Continue Reading…

In today’s blog post I am providing a review of the book, Building Leaders: Blueprints for Developing Leaders at Every Level of Your Church by Aubrey Malphurs and Will Mancini.

Building Leaders is a great resource for any leader who wants to develop and grow a team of leaders.

Review of Building Leaders by Aubrey Malphurs and Will Mancini

One of the things I have found most helpful from this book is the distinction it makes between discipleship and leadership. Malphurs and Mancini define these terms this way:

Discipleship development is a much broader concept than leadership development since it involves everyone (p. 33). Continue Reading…

As wisdom literature the book of Proverbs provides succinct and poetic biblical advice. Most of the proverbs are from King Solomon but there are other proverbs from King Lemuel and Agur.

In this blog post I will share six verses from Proverbs related to leadership.

Insights on Leadership from the Book of Proverbs

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In the book of Proverbs the word leader or leadership occurs six times. This is based on the New Living Translation and the NLT Comprehensive Concordance.

1. Proverbs 11:14

Without wise leadership a nation fails; there is safety in having many advisers.

This proverb emphasizes the necessity of a leader to have a team around him. He needs a group of people who share his values but also offer different strengths and perspectives on the work he is attempting to lead. Continue Reading…

You can be a leader or you can develop others. Which should you do? The answer is “both.”

A leader must lead while also developing others. In this post I explain that there are (at least) four reasons leaders must develop others.

4 Reasons Leaders Must Develop Others

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I believe there are four reasons that leaders must develop others.

1. Jesus Developed Others

The books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are each filled with stories about Jesus developing His 12 disciples. Jesus sent those disciples out and He developed them. He taught them and then released them to attempt ministry on their own.

Jesus had a five step process for developing His disciples:

  1. He called them to Him (Luke 5:10-11, 27-28). Continue Reading…

David is one of the most well known and perhaps the most respected leader of the Old Testament. He was not perfect, but with God’s guidance he led the nation of Israel to prominence and success it had never experienced in its thousand years of history. (Even an atheist believes David to have been an important figure.)

This blog post will showcase twelve leadership principles from the life of David.

12 Leadership Principles from the Life of David

‎En-Gedi (“Spring of the Young Goat”) was s spring discharged eastward into the Dead Sea. Near the spring was the cave in which David and his men were hiding when Saul entered; David, despite his men’s urging, spared Saul’s life (1 Sam 24:1–22).

Each principle will start with a related Scripture, an observation about David, and then a principle about leadership. Continue Reading…

The study of biblical chronologies is viewed as one of the most difficult subjects of Old Testament studies. This is because the Old Testament books are arranged in chronological and theological order. Because these books were organized according to theological themes, perhaps it was not the intention of the authors of these books to provide perfectly chronological records, but instead to tell the history of Israel from a theological point of view.

Why Establishing a Chronology of the Old Testament is so Difficult

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Therefore the task of a chronologist, according to the Tyndale Bible Dictionary,  is to “examine the pertinent biblical and non-biblical information, note areas of correlation among all the data, and finally establish a working system into which the most facts can be fitted.” With this careful (and even scientific) process an accurate chronology of Old Testament events can be reconciled.

This blog post will share a few dates which are known with certainty in the Old Testament while at the same time sharing why establishing a chronology of the Old Testament is difficult.

I. Firm Dates Known with Certainty in the Old Testament

Bible scholars can identify specific Old Testament events is with good accuracy most of the time. Continue Reading…