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Bible verses about leadership


There are two leadership patterns present in the bible. In the Old Testament the leadership of the people of God is invested in one person. (For example - King David, King Saul, Moses etc). When we arrive at the New Testament the leadership principle is one of plurality: there are a number of leaders, not just one. Here the leaders are servants of Christ, who is the head of the Church (Col 1:18)

There are notable examples of group leadership in the scriptures. For example, in the Acts of the Apostles, chapter 6, a team of seven men where chosen to lead the daily distribution of bread:-

Acts 6:3 (WEB)
Therefore select from among you, brothers, seven men of good report, full of the Holy Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.


Other examples of group leadership:-


Acts 15:25 (NIV) – on the decision to send men to the Gentile believers in Antioch:
So we all agreed to choose some men and send them to you with our dear friends Barnabas and Paul


James 5:14 (BBE)
Is anyone among you ill? let him send for the rulers of the church; and let them say prayers over him, putting oil on him in the name of the Lord.



Furthermore, the gifts of the Spirit have been given across the church, and not just all to one individual. Hence, a leadership team of some description best reflects this diversity:-

1 Cor 12:28-30 (CPDV)
And indeed, God has established a certain order in the Church: first Apostles, second Prophets, third Teachers, next miracle-workers, and then the grace of healing, of helping others, of governing, of different kinds of languages, and of the interpretation of words. Are all Apostles? Are all Prophets? Are all Teachers? Are all workers of miracles? Do all have the grace of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret?


An Old Testament example of leadership


Exodus 17:8-13 (WEB)
8 Then Amalek came and fought with Israel in Rephidim.
9 Moses said to Joshua, “Choose men for us, and go out, fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with God’s rod in my hand.”
10 So Joshua did as Moses had told him, and fought with Amalek; and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill.
11 It happened, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.
12 But Moses’ hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side. His hands were steady until sunset.
13 Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.


Certain leadership principles can be concluded from this passage:-


1. Moses led the people. He was decisive, persistent, and tenacious. He had a vision of were he believed God was leading him. (“Where there is no vision, the people perish”- Proverbs 29:18 KJV).

2. Moses did not act on his own as leader – for success he was dependant on God, and the people that were close to him. He asked Joshua to lead the army for him with Amalek. He also needed the physical support of Hur and Aaron as the day progressed. For a leader to be successful he will need others around him that we serve him, and be of one mind with him.


Other notable OT Scriptures on Leadership:-

Proverbs 29:2 (KJV)
When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice:
but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.

Proverbs 29:14 (BBE) – Leaders are to have a bias to the poor in society:-
The king who is a true judge in the cause of the poor, will be safe for ever on the seat of his power.

Psalm 78:70-72 (NIV)

David had a good heart as he guided God’s people with skill:-

He chose David his servant
and took him from the sheep pens;
from tending the sheep he brought him
to be the shepherd of his people Jacob,
of Israel his inheritance.
And David shepherded them with integrity of heart;
with skillful hands he led them.


The qualities of leaders


Elders and deacons


The Elders of the church are those with spiritual authority to led, teach and pastor. The deacons are normally given the practical responsibilities of the day-to-day running of the church – for example, the financial administration, care of the church building, maintenance etc. Different dominations give these roles different names (for example, in Methodism the elders are “Ministers” and the deacons “Stewards”).


The biblical characteristics and qualities of good elders:-


1 Timothy 3:1-7 (WEB)
This is a faithful saying: if a man seeks the office of an overseer, he desires a good work.
2 The overseer therefore must be without reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, sensible, modest, hospitable, good at teaching;
3 not a drinker, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous;
4 one who rules his own house well, having children in subjection with all reverence;
5 (but if a man doesn’t know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the assembly of God?)
6 not a new convert, lest being puffed up he fall into the same condemnation as the devil.
7 Moreover he must have good testimony from those who are outside, to avoid falling into reproach and the snare of the devil.


In this passage, Paul outlines the following attributes to look for in leaders or in appointing leaders:-

1. “Without reproach” – of good standing and reputation in the church and wider community (v.2 and v.7)

2. Faithful in marriage

3. Able to teach

4. Not new to the faith – the word “elder” implies maturity (all though not necessarily in age!)

5. Not excessive but leading a self-controlled lifestyle in the handling of drink, violence, arguing, jealousy and money

6. Good at hospitality


The Characteristics of Deacons:-


1 Tim 3:8-13 (BBE)
Deacons, in the same way, are to be serious in their behavior, not false in word, not given to taking much wine or greatly desiring the wealth of this world;
9 Keeping the secret of the faith in a heart free from sin.
10 And let these first be put to the test; then let them become Deacons if there is nothing against them.
11 Women are to be serious in behaviour, saying no evil of others, controlling themselves, true in all things.
12 Let Deacons be husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their houses well.
13 For those who have done good work as Deacons get for themselves a good position and become free from fear in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.


A very similar list to that of elders. This underlines the importance of this ministry and, according to these bible verses, this role of leadership is not to be entered into lightly.



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