Are we experiencing a crisis in leadership?

As a Christian leader, this writer’s leadership capabilities have always extended themselves to non-Christian environments as well Christian environments.  The writer does not think that it is possible for a Christian leader to work in a non-Christian environment and not bring these skills to the table.  Christians bring the Holy Spirit with them where ever they go.  As a former public school administrator, praise and worship leader, leader of an online Christian ministry this writer ascertained that the qualities of a Christian leader are the same qualities of any servant leader. According to Don Howell, “New Covenant servant-leaders learn, by imitating their servant-Lord, to abandon their own agendas and preferences in order to seek the good of their fellow servants.” [1]  Due to a lack of understanding of this construct presented by Howell, we are currently seeing a more intense interest in the topic of leadership.[2]

Is it possible that we are experiencing this intense interest in leadership due to a lack of,

. . . . theology [ during] leadership development. [Or, could it be due to a lack of emphasis within the framework of sermons, mentorship, and leadership development in the body of Christ? The best place for leaders in non-Christian environment to be provided leadership training is within a theological framework.] Both are endorsed in the Scriptures and both are needed for a thriving flock. From this context, leadership can be developed in the Church based upon this integral Biblical leadership to be extended into other areas of leadership theory and development.[3]

Justin Irving proffers a model for effective servant leadership practice which is research based.  He stated,

The Biblical call to servant-oriented behaviors—a call most dominantly seen in the example and teaching of Jesus—is a call that is not only Biblical, but also is demonstrably effective. As leaders take up the call to walk the servant-oriented pathway of Christ, it is my hope that the model presented and described in this reflection provides practical insights for present and emerging leaders as they seek to implement servant leadership practices in their work with followers, teams, and organizations.[4]

The writer’s question to her brothers and sisters in Christ is this?  Are we experiencing a national crisis in leadership, in almost every venue, because of the manner in which leaders are being trained?  Based on the readings of current events this spring and current empirical research, the writer’s response is, yes.  What is the Christian’s response to this crisis?

” Pray for kings. Pray for everyone who is in authority. Pray that we can live peaceful and quiet lives. And pray that we will be godly and holy.” )1 Timothy 2:2 NIRV). That is simple enough is it not?  We have a responsibility for this crisis in leadership.  Maybe we are not praying enough!


Banks, Robert J., and Bernice M. Ledbetter. Reviewing Leadership: A Christian Evaluation of Current Approaches. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2004.

Crowther, Steven S. “Integral Biblical Leadership.” Journal of Biblical Perspectives in Leadership 3, no. 2 (Summer 2011): 1-128. Accessed March 16, 2015.

Howell, Don N. Servants of the Servant: A Biblical Theology of Leadership. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2003.

Irving, Justin A. “Leadership Reflection: A Model for Effective Servant Leadership Practice: A Biblically Consistent and Research-Based Approach to Leadership.” Journal of Biblical Perspectives in Leadership 3, no. 2 (Summer 2011): 118-28. Accessed March 16, 2015.

[1] Don N. Howell, Servants of the Servant: A Biblical Theology of Leadership (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2003), 19.

[2] Robert J. Banks and Bernice M. Ledbetter, Reviewing Leadership: A Christian Evaluation of Current Approaches (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2004), Location 128, Kindle.

[3] Steven S. Crowther, “Integral Biblical Leadership,” Journal of Biblical Perspectives in Leadership 3, no. 2 (Summer 2011): 60-75, accessed March 16, 2015, 

[4] Justin A. Irving, “Leadership Reflection: A Model for Effective Servant Leadership Practice: A Biblically Consistent and Research-Based Approach to Leadership,” Journal of Biblical Perspectives in Leadership 3, no. 2 (Summer 2011): 127, accessed March 16, 2015,



““But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.””  (Jeremiah 17:7-8 ) [1]

This scripture reminded of something that a person shared with me. She was talking to a person who is to put it mildly, “conflicted” in all of her relationships. She made the following statement, “I trust no one but myself!”

I felt a pain in my heart when I was told that. Why? Because that statement included God!!! How can anyone survive without trusting him absolutely? True peace comes from knowing – really knowing him. Not reading about him. Not hearing about him. Not even experiencing some euphoric experience during a church service, but having an intimate relationship with the God who is above all gods.

I am not eliciting any atheistic responses at this time thank you very much. Why? The reality is that everyone worships something. It is either an ideology, one’s self, or nature. But we all worship something. What is more we all have what God calls “Freewill” to worship whatever we want to worship – or claim that we worship nothing. We all reap what we sow in this world. It is not possible for human beings to be “good”. Again, no great debate today.

Trust is not earned!! God trusted us when he sent his one and only son to die in our place!  “16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16 ).  We did not earn that trust either. “ For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in[a] Christ Jesus our Lord (Ro 6:23 )  Neither could we ever earn it. Why? “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Ro. 3:23 ).

God has told us throughout the Bible that we must,

  1. Trust in the Lord with all your heart    and lean not on your own understanding;  in all your ways submit to him,
        and he will make your paths straight (Pro.3:5-6 NIV).
  2. Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you. (Ps 9:10).
  3. But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. (Ps 13:5).
  4. But now, this is what the LORD says– he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. (Isa 43:1).
  5. Read the rest of the trust scriptures here.

It is close to impossible for us to have a permanent horizontal relationship of love and trust with our fellow man when we do not have an intimate vertical relationship of trust and love with of Heavenly Father.  If you do not know the Lord and want to be in his presence.  If you want to experience internal and eternal peace.  Just ask him to come into your heart.  Confess your sins and he will forgive them.  Then the relationship of trust that lasts forever will begin. You have a Father who knows your heart.  Just call out to him.   Say this prayer (The Sinner’s Prayer) and enter into the best relationship that you have ever had.  It will also completely change your relationship with others too.


I have a maker
Before my heart,
before even time began
My life was in his hands

He knows my name
He knows my every thought,
He sees each tear that falls
and hears me when I call

I have a father,
he calls me his own
He’ll never leave me,
no matter where I go

He knows my name
He knows my every thought
He sees each tear that falls
and hears me when I call

He knows my name
He knows my every thought
He sees each tear that falls
and hears me when I call

He knows my name
He knows my every thought
He sees each tear that falls
And hears me when I call
He hears me when I call



[1] Unless otherwise noted, all biblical passages referenced are in the New International Version, (Grand Rapids, MI:  Zondervan, 2009).


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