The Biblical Leadership Model
The Biblical Leadership Model was developed as a framework to study the Bible and the leaders found within its pages. By using it as a lens through which we interrupt the Bible, we can increase our understanding of what the Bible teaches us about being a Christian Leader
The model is broken into two main components consisting of four cornerstones and ten fundamentals.
The Cornerstones of Biblical Leadership
“Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid a rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.” Matthew 7:24-27
Jesus and his teachings are the rock on which a Christian leader’s foundation is built. The four cornerstones are the laid upon that rock to create a strong foundation focused on God’s will, love for others and continuous improvement. These cornerstones are elements of a leader’s character and what drives their actions and decisions in life. Your proficiency in each may vary: You may display great compassion for others but find it difficult to articulate your vision. You can work to improve in each area, but in the end the possessing each cornerstone is the core to great leadership.
The Biblical Leader:
The Fundamentals of Biblical Leadership
If you’ve ever watched a sporting event on TV, you have probably heard the analyst talk about the team that wins has strong fundamentals. The fundamentals are those primary rules on which something is based and Christian leadership is no different. Fundamentals must be practiced over and over again until they are part of our muscle memory. They are the basis upon which every action is taken. For the Biblical leader, there are ten fundamentals and they can be matched with one of the four cornerstones.
I invite you to dig further into both the cornerstones and fundamentals. Can you find examples of each as you read the Bible? I would enjoy hearing about what you have found.