July 16, 2012

Today's post is the first of a six-part series exploring the question: What makes Christian leadership distinctly “Christian” and what makes Christian leadership distinctly “leadership?”. This week we will study this question and I hope to receive feedback from you in the comments section.

What makes Christian leadership 'Christian' and what makes christian leadership 'leadership' 

Christian leadership is a topic that has been studied and researched in depth for many years. This blog series explores the question, What makes Christian leadership distinctly “Christian” and what makes Christian leadership distinctly “leadership?” I will explore this question theologically, socially, and personally as it relates outside research and my personal experience. The Greek word for leader often used in the New Testament is “hegeomai” which can mean “I lead; I think, am of opinion, suppose, consider; to lead; to lead the way (going before as chief).”[1] In an effort to learn about Christian leadership we must look to the Bible because “the leadership about which Jesus speaks is of a radically different kind from the leadership offered by the world.”[2] That different view of Christian leadership is what will be explored and discussed in this paper.

Question: What do you believes makes Christian leadership important?

                [1] “Strong’s Greek: 2233. Hegeomai – to lead, suppose,” Biblos, http://concordances.org/greek/2233.htm (accessed June 13, 2012).

                [2] Henri J.M. Nouwen, In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership (New York, Crossroads Publishing, 1989), 62.

Christopher L. Scott

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Christopher Scott is Small Groups Pastor at Rocky Hilly Community Church in Exeter, CA. He has more than ten years of experience leading volunteers, running nonprofit programs, and teaching the Bible in small group settings. He holds a bachelor's degree from Fresno Pacific University and master's degree from Dallas Theological Seminary.

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  1. Christian Leadership is important to the extent that it is Christ-centered. There are a lot of leadership principles which, on the surface, sound sound. And they may even be the right thing to do. But there is an element of the Godly which transcends conventional wisdom.
    Great post and I look forward to the series on Christian Leadership, Christopher!

  2. Christian Leadership must be “Christ” centered to be true & there are a lot out there that are pretenders. A Christian leader must be a Godly person but also able to admit their own failings. They have to be able to show others how to follow Christ by using the Bible & not just the New Testament. There are so many lessons to be learned in the Old Testament. The Prophits are a good example. They tell of Jesus coming & what a great leader He will be.
    I’m really looking forward to reading this series. God Bless.

  3. Scott:
    Thanks for reading. Yes, Christian leadership should be “Christ-centered.” That will be one of the posts so I am grateful you recognize that too and agree.
    Thank you for reading. There are some pretenders out there but God knows who His true leaders are. The thing is that we need more Godly leaders!