Leadership Growth Series: Landing Page

“Leaders are merchants of hope”, said Napoleon. They know of a better place, a better way of life, and as they go there they inspire others to follow and make this hope a reality.  Biblically this is true.  And our world is in dire need of more such leaders!  But where will they come from?

Says Leanard Sweet: “Leaders are neither born nor made.  They are summoned.  They are called into existence by circumstances.  Those that rise to the occasion are leaders.” [i]

This 13-Week Leadership Growth Series aimed to develop and prepare leaders to lead with certainty and skillfulness from the heart. The posts will help you grow to become the type of leader that inspire others to realize these hopes. Look at this introductory video which gives scope to the Leadership Growth Series.

Below is the outline of our 13-week program.  In the introduction we give context to our discussion on leadership by asking: what is the nature of leadership? Then we delve into the core characteristics of leadership within our church context – fist studying it, then considering how to grow in it.  After that we consider the compulsion (the go-get-it attitude) required for strong, confident leadership.  After this we will look at three different sets of competencies (or skills) required in Christian leadership: facilitation and hosting, confrontation and care, then participation and activation within the wider community.  Lastly we consider the charisma or gifts God graces us with, and how to grow in it.

Do you recognize any area where you think you can grow as leader?  Then click on the link to see the introductory video and do the devotional study.

A 13-Week reflective devotional study A Biblical view of Leadership 
Introduction: growing leadership capacity Pathway to leadership growth
Context: What is leadership?
Leading small groups
Charismic (gifts) approach
Character approach
Competence (skills) approach
Compulsion (needs-driven) approach
Character: Growing in the Imitation of Christ
Candid (authentic) How to grow in being Candid
Compassionate (growing in love) How to grow in Compassion
Christlike humility How to grow in Christlike humility
Confident (hopefulness) How to grow in Confidence
Consistent (faithfulness) How to grow in Consistency
Compulsion: Growing in Responsibility
Conscious awareness of opportunities How to grow in Conscious awareness
Considerate to the needs of others How to grow in Consideration
Confident, bold, fearless actions How to grow in Confident actions
Courage, taking risks How to grow in Courage
Charge, ownership of the community How to grow in taking Charge
Competencies of a leader: Growing in Prophetic flow
Crowd (showing hospitality) – AWE How to hosting Crowds
Cause participation How to Cause participation
Charismata (facilitating Spirit-ministry) How grow in Charismatic gifts
Curiosity (asking heart questions) How to grow in Curiosity
Communion with God (Worship,Prayer) How to facilitate Communion with God
Competencies of a leader: Growing in Pastoral care
Care and Comfort the fragile How to Care and Comfort the fragile
Confront in love How to Confront in love
Challenge for growth How to Challenge for growth
Coach next steps How to Coach next steps
Commit responsibilities to others
Competencies of a leader: Growing in Evangelistic outflow
Core vision and values How to cultivate Core vision and values
Compelling communication How to communicate Compellingly
Connect to new people How to Connect new people
Community building How to build Community
Commission members in church How to Commission members
Charisma of a leader: Flowing in the Streams of Grace
Cultivating apostolic grace How to grow in apostolic grace
Cultivating prophetic grace How to grow in prophetic grace
Cultivating pastoral grace How to grow in pastoral grace
Cultivating teaching grace How to grow in teaching grace
Cultivating evangelistic grace How to grow in evangelic grace

Lastly, the cost of leadership is should be considered.

Where can you grow? Jump in today!

Competence increases leadership capacity

Leadership skills increase your efficiency, productivity, plus your scope and depth of influence.  The good news is skills can be learned!

In preparation for this session, look at this introductory video on the effect of skills in leadership capacity (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQXcmCPcMrY).


Psalms 78:70-72

70  He also chose David His servant, And took him from the sheepfolds;

71  From following the ewes that had young He brought him, to shepherd Jacob His people, tnd Israel His inheritance.

72  So he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart, and guided them by the skillfulness of his hands.


Observation and reflection comments

Context: Psalm 78 is a lengthy poem/song answering the question: “Why do people not obey God, when he is so good to them?” It tells history of Israel’s deliverance from Egypt, preservation in the dessert, inheriting their Promised Land.  Yet in spite of God’s goodness, faithfulness and powerful miracles, they still do not serve Him faithfully.  It ends in the sad falling away of Ephraim (Samaria, 720 BC) and how God chose David (and his lineage) to lead and reform Israel.

  1. David was a very successful king. What do we learn of David’s leadership from this Text:
    1. verse 70
    2. verse 71(a)
    3. verse 71(b)
    4. verse 72(a)
    5. verse 72(b)
  2. Distinguish between “integrity of heart” and “skillfulness of hands” – what does it mean, and what does it look like in practice?
  3. David was called and anointed by God [v70] for a specific mandate [v71b] and had a godly character [v72a] (yet not without flaws!). Why would he need skills to lead Israel even though he had conviction, anointing and a godly character?  What does skill do for a leader?
  4. From this text, where do you think David acquired skills to lead the nation?  [Hint: v71] 

Personal reflection and application

David was appointed and empowered by God’s Spirit, had a godly character (yet not without flaws!), but he could accomplish so much during one lifetime because of skills he acquired while shepherding sheep and leading the band of outlawed mercenaries who became his army of mighty men.  Competence increases your leadership capacity.

  1. Review your past responsibilities as leader focusing on your competencies.
    1. Which leadership/ management skills have you definitely grown in which makes you a better leader now? Think about the five most significant skills and jot down how you have grown in it.
    2. Consider your leadership responsibilities. What can you accomplish if you had better leadership skills?  What do leaders with great skills accomplish in your circumstances?
    3. Which two skills, if you could perfect them, would make the biggest difference to your leadership influence?
    4. How will you grow in it? [Hint: consider PERSON / PLACE / PRACTICE – where/ from whom can you learn, and where can you practice these skills?]
  2. Quickly memorize this proverb: “If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed, but skill will bring success.” (Ecclesiastes 10:10)
    1. Throughout the day keep this in mind in all your activities, asking yourself “what skills can increase my capacity”?


Pray for grace to redeem your time and to grow in skills so that you may be faithful with what has been entrusted to you!  Ask that the Lord will help you find a person to coach you in these skills and opportunity to practice it.