Leadership is a missing commodity in our world today. As we install the third article in our series The Need for Urban Christian Leadership Part 3 we must review this fact. We can search every church, every temple, synagogues, civic organization, mosque and more, then we will not be able to find the much-needed change. I once read the following fact which I very much agree with. The fact concerns issues that are major problems facing our leaders and worldwide communities on a global basis.
- The Threat of Nuclear Terrorism.
- Global warning and environmental destruction.
- The Conflict between Nationalism and Globalism in Nations around the world.
- The growing discontent of U.S. Citizens and their social culture due to declining literacy, and Racial Strife .
These problems are a constant threat to our very existence, and as we enter into a new world and new day and age we must consistently seek change. At best inspired leadership can transform and renew our organizations, to motivate a certain vitality that would change the world.
Three Principles for Effective Urban Christian Leaders
Every effective leader needs advice and seeks advice. The ability to listen to the advice of others is the mark of a great leader
Proverbs 11:14 – For lack of guidance a nation falls, but many advisers make victory sure.
Proverbs 25:4,5 – Remove the dross from silver and out comes material for the silversmith; remove the wicked from the king’s presence, and his throne will be established through righteousness.
Characteristics of a Good Leader – Awareness of his Influence
In almost every era, no country has been able to rise above its leaders. For better or worse, people become like those they follow.
Proverbs 29:2 – When the righteous thrive, people rejoice; when the wicked rule, people groan.
Proverbs 29:14 – If a king judges the poor with fairness, his throne will always be secure.
Characteristics of a good leader-Service to Others
Each of us has something to offer. We can give our money and our time to charity, be a friend to someone who is sick or lonely, do volunteer work, or be a peacemaker, teacher or minister. We may choose a service-oriented occupation, or we may just do our everyday jobs with integrity and respect for others.
The Bible tells us that Jesus is the ultimate model of taking time for the poor, the outcasts, and children. He was naturally drawn to the weak who needed an advocate. We are not meant to live hard-hearted or self-centered lives.
Matthew 25:31-46 – A greedy, miserly life leaves us devoid of anything but an empty craving for more possessions, more power or more status.
Jesus was always active in making disciples, He recognized that His earthly sojourn was short. Therefore he invested his time in the training of disciples to continue the work. He was both their Master Teacher and their Master Trainer. While teaching and training are obviously related, teaching usually connotes the importation of knowledge, whereas training suggests formation or qualification through practice and discipline.
Preparation for leadership
The disciples’ preparation for leadership certainly involved the receiving of knowledge, but spiritual growth was uppermost. They needed an experience in the things of God, of faith, of hardship, of sanctification, and of self-sacrifice, along with an intellectual understanding of doctrine and theology. Knowledge alone was insufficient preparation for the rigorous challenges ahead. Jesus gave them both, and so must we!
The Necessity for Urban Christian Leadership
(This Article is an Excerpt From the book The Necessity for Urban Christian Leadership available 1-10-2015