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Are You a Christian Leader?

Reformed Eve is a daughter of God, which makes her royalty - no matter what the world throws at her. She straightens her crown quite often.

What Christian Leadership Means to Me

What makes a leader a Christian leader? Many churches indeed operate under secular principles. A Christian leader needs to separate themselves from these secular practices. The foundation for Christianity lies in John 10:11, where it says that" a good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep".[1] A Christian leader wants to be a shepherd and wants the flock to feel safe. Sheep, by nature, do not rank highly when it comes to animal intelligence. If a sheep strays, it becomes disoriented and confused, and it highly dependent on a human's touch to keep it safe. Without Jesus, we are helpless, and especially as leaders. To be a Christian leader means that we should adopt the role of becoming a shepherd, where nurturing, comforting, correcting, and protecting the flock is of high priority. In 1 Corinthians 11:1, Paul wants leaders to emulate this: "Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ."[2] As Christian leaders, the Word of God is fed to the flock for nourishment, flourishment, and growth to occur. Deuteronomy 8:3 mentions this: Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord."[3] A Christian leader desires to help the helpless, much like a shepherd comforting the wounds of the sheep. Ezekiel mentions that a shepherd "binds up the injured and strengthens the weak."[4]

I may have some strong convictions, but I have also done things like participate in gossip or other selfish acts such as this. I would not say that I am an emotionally healthy person, as I have suffered from many psychological events. The only positive about this is that I can understand people from many different walks of life. I feel that my walk with Christ, as imperfect as it is, may serve as an example to others that a diamond came from carbon, sulfur, and nitrogen. Hebrews 13:7 reminds us to be examples to others in order to increase our credibility as Christians. "Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith."[1] Philippians 3:17 also mentions this: "Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us." Being imitators of Christ is a theme that continually appears in the Bible.

Romans 12: 6-8 says: "Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness."[1]This is important, as everyone has a special spiritual gift.

James 2:13 mentions this: "For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment."[1] Matthew 5:7 reflects this statement with, "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy."[2] A spiritual gift of mercy is when an individual shows a very strengthened ability to understand and be empathetic with words, actions, and compassion. These kinds of people can help others through difficult circumstances with the right training.

Natural gifts can be a kind of ability that includes art, the body, organizing, direct, use intelligence, and more. We need the wisdom to know what our natural gifts are.

prayer and straight talk with God can provide wisdom in this area. "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. Nevertheless, let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord." [1](James 1:5-7) Natural gifts are to be shared with the church and bring others closer to Christ, directly or through example. 1st Corinthians 12:18 mentions that even with many parts of a body, what does it matter if the body is not whole? "God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body."[2] I interpret this because all the parts must work together as a whole, and this is the same for natural talents.

Proverbs 31:30 says that "Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised." Titus 2:3-5 also mentions that older women are to be an example to the younger woman. "Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their husbands that the word of God may not be reviled." Proverbs 31: 26-31 mentions that a woman of God speaks wisdom, is not idle, and is a crown to her husband.[1] An essential thing for women to consider, especially in the age where feminism runs rampant, is learning to be submissive. We must remember that Christ showed submissiveness to God in the Garden of Gethsemane before his death. He wanted the cup of death to pass over him, but he knew that he had to follow the will of God. I need to work on being worthy of respect. I need to stop being part of the gossip culture at work. Sometimes I am not temperate, as I sometimes maybe shop too much, which bothers my husband. I do love my children, but my daughter is not a believer, while my son is, and I feel that I have failed my daughter in many ways, and I am sure it has something to do with my secular ways in the past.

Regarding relational skills, I am not particularly good at networking, confronting, recruiting, hiring/firing, and conducting meetings. I used to be an education counselor for soldiers at a military base, and I had to give presentations. I was so terrible at these presentations. My voice would waiver. I would think a lot about my appearance. I had to give briefings to groups as small as two people and groups as large as 300. I could not make jokes or small talk. I was so very robotic. I need to work on people skills, as I am incredibly awkward. As a child, I was not allowed to socialize much. I was kept away from other children and isolated in my room. My only entertainment was books and my imagination, and I feel that it warped my relational skills. This year, and last year, I have made efforts to talk to others about Christ and use the awkwardness to my advantage by letting others feel more open and comfortable sharing with me. Sometimes I would inject conversations with a bit of comedy that was derived from my awkwardness. This reminds me of Exodus 4:10, where Moses said to God: "Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and tongue."[2]

Moreover, God reminded him of so many things that I need to remind myself. "Who has made man's mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak."[3] Even though we may not be good at relational activities that have to do with communication, God can make it possible with faith and will.

Psalm 138:8 reminds us of this: "The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands."[1] Whatever we are good at, we should find situations where the more vital skills can be used regarding task skills. The areas that are not extraordinarily strong can use work in order to be more effective leaders. I do love asking questions that will lead to an answer, and this is part of detective work, such as researching, which I love to do. I am very timely and usually get my work in on time, and I am rarely late to an event. I love to pray with others and initiate prayer with those who may feel uncomfortable doing so. I do it even when I feel uncomfortable or out of place, but I value and embrace its importance.

The problem mentioned a leader who begins passionately with a ministry to grow impatient and almost abandons the mission.[1] This statement filled me with a bit of fear, as I have an idea to start a church in a mostly secular area in Panama, where natives of the region practice a cult-like Catholicism mixed with black magic and shamanism. I mentioned in the audit that I do focus on details, motivate others, and show patience. I found out that I enjoy doing quality work when I feel motivated and focused, but it is hard to do for insulting and overall cynical leaders. I communicate with enthusiasm, but sometimes I do not think analytically. I have challenged the status quo but cannot say that I lead with authority. I do insist on the accuracy of facts, and I do think out loud.

My leadership style would be inspirational diplomat. With this kind of leadership style, I must still do everything as God commands, regardless of circumstances, as mentioned in Genesis 6:22 regarding Noah.[1]

Earlier, I mentioned making a church in Panama. I plan to create more of a decentralized church, where the church will not be led by a board, per se, but it will mostly be a small church that offers pastoral counseling services based on Jesus and Christianity. Regarding church structure, mine would be mostly decentralized or horizontal. Decentralized churches have more of a ministry mindset where trust is led. a decentralized church feels more informal, less judgmental, and the pastor does not create a strange dictatorship feel. Decentralized church structures need more qualified personnel and staff with a relational-oriented feel to keep a structure with a more informal feel, but still with respect.

For me, fairness, family, and prayer are fundamental. Colossians 3:16 mentions this: "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God."[2] One must uphold the church's values and use wisdom, joy, songs, and spiritual tools to motivate the flock. 1 Peter 3:15 mentions that we are to know to debunk people trying to bring us down as part of a church/leader value. "In your hearts honor Christ as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you. However, do it with gentleness and respect."[3]

. I favor a continually growing church, but it must be planted in an area with mostly secular roots. It will start small, with about fifteen to one hundred individuals, and the age of people is probably going to be young adults to the elderly. However, preferably it would be a combination of ages. The organization will be composed of middle-aged to older individuals, so between the twenties, thirties, and upward age-wise. I will be considered new to the organization, and a support position, as I do not believe I should be a pastor. The Ethnicity will mostly be Hispanic, as Panama has mostly Spanish speakers, especially in the deeper jungle areas where Panama natives reside. I feel that my ministry will be most intimate with much one-on-one counseling of a pastoral nature. This is my desire.

I feel that my leadership style might need to be a bit more aggressive, as Panamanians are deeply rooted in many cultural ways when it comes to religion. I feel that the people of the area would enormously benefit from understanding and kindness, as these traits seem to be considered a weakness in certain areas. I feel that the people are yearning and hungry for leadership when it comes to learning about Jesus. They seem to need a lighthouse to guide them to Jesus. I want to compare this to Jesus's leadership style. Philippians 2:5-11 mentioned that Jesus had a servant's heart.[1] My focus must be on others, and I must consider individuals and their needs instead of using an all-size-fits-one approach. I must inspire others with a shared vision, much like Jesus did, and help individuals achieve their inner greatness when walking with God and serving the church.

Two personal action points would be to work on relational skills with others and continue working towards being a disciple of Christ. I feel that I could help the kingdom of God by practicing relational skills on a small scale with those I interact with every day. I can continue volunteering for teaching roles, as I am quite nervous about being an instructor. I considered getting a certificate to teach English to Spanish speakers, and this can be something I can do to get a feel of what it is like to teach others and then translate those skills to teaching others about Christ. Because I am extremely interested in psychology, from a spiritual perspective, I want to continue to learn about the Bible and find ways to relate people, mostly couples, with scriptures and lessons of a spiritual nature. I need to find more ways to blend psychology with spirituality to help others with their deepest needs.


[1] Tyndale, Holy Bible: Inspire Bible Nlt. (Tyndale House Publishers, 2016).

[1] Tyndale, Holy Bible: Inspire Bible Nlt. (Tyndale House Publishers, 2016).

[2] Tyndale, Holy Bible: Inspire Bible Nlt. (Tyndale House Publishers, 2016).

[3] Tyndale, Holy Bible: Inspire Bible Nlt. (Tyndale House Publishers, 2016).

[1] Aubrey Malphurs, Being Leaders: The Nature of Authentic Christian Leadership (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Books, 2003).

[1] Tyndale, Holy Bible: Inspire Bible Nlt. (Tyndale House Publishers, 2016).

[1] Tyndale, Holy Bible: Inspire Bible Nlt. (Tyndale House Publishers, 2016).

[2] Tyndale, Holy Bible: Inspire Bible Nlt. (Tyndale House Publishers, 2016).

[3] Tyndale, Holy Bible: Inspire Bible Nlt. (Tyndale House Publishers, 2016).

[1] Tyndale, Holy Bible: Inspire Bible Nlt. (Tyndale House Publishers, 2016).

[2] Tyndale, Holy Bible: Inspire Bible Nlt. (Tyndale House Publishers, 2016).

[1] Tyndale, Holy Bible: Inspire Bible Nlt. (Tyndale House Publishers, 2016).

[2] Tyndale, Holy Bible: Inspire Bible Nlt. (Tyndale House Publishers, 2016).

[1] Tyndale, Holy Bible: Inspire Bible Nlt. (Tyndale House Publishers, 2016).

[1] Tyndale, Holy Bible: Inspire Bible Nlt. (Tyndale House Publishers, 2016).


[1] Tyndale, Holy Bible: Inspire Bible Nlt. (Tyndale House Publishers, 2016).

[2] Tyndale, Holy Bible: Inspire Bible Nlt. (Tyndale House Publishers, 2016).

[3] Tyndale, Holy Bible: Inspire Bible Nlt. (Tyndale House Publishers, 2016).

[4] Tyndale, Holy Bible: Inspire Bible Nlt. (Tyndale House Publishers, 2016).

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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