• Blogs,  Vic Stanley

    The Bible & Team Leadership

    The leadership theory often associated with Christianity tends to be servant leadership. Jesus is often held up as a perfect example of the servant leader, and scripture implores Christians to follow his example. However, the leadership theory that seems to permeate the governing bodies of the people of God throughout scripture is team leadership. Team leadership is grounded in the Trinity, and also seen in the theocracy of ancient Israel and the government of the Church.

  • Blogs,  Dave Lenehan's Weekly Thoughts

    Jesus’ Inner Circle Is You & Me

    Written by Dave Lenehan   If you stop and take a brief but close look at Jesus’ disciples, you realize that they weren’t much different from you and me.  Four of them were fishermen, one was a hated tax collector. Some of the others, like Thaddeus and Bartholomew, we’ve been given very little information about at all.  But Jesus knew these 12 would build His Kingdom and set in motion the Gospel message.

  • Blogs,  Dave Lenehan's Weekly Thoughts

    The Greatness of a Cupbearer

    Written by Dave Lenehan   “Now I was cupbearer to the king.” Great story, bro. Thanks for sharing. Now before you get concerned that this edition of Thoughts is going all sarcastic on you, let me explain.  Those seven words don’t even make up a full verse in the Bible, but they are the words of Nehemiah.  They set the stage at the end of chapter 1 for what God does for Nehemiah and the nation of Israel throughout the rest of the book.  God uses Nehemiah’s high position of king’s cupbearer to give him an audience with the king where he shares the burden and sadness that he has been carrying about…

  • Blogs,  Vic Stanley

    Leadership & The Imago Dei Part III

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr. Introduction   What Is Leadership? Leadership is the process whereby an individual influences a group of individuals to achieve a common goal. Leadership is often thought of as a one-time event or opportunity, but it is actually a process over time that requires implementing methodology, building structure, and fostering relationships. Leadership requires that there be a group of individuals, known as followers, being led. The role of the leader is to motivate, mobilize, and equip his or her followers towards a shared vision, and the role of the follower is to buy into and carry out the vision presented by the leader. This means honoring…

  • Blogs,  Vic Stanley

    Leadership & The Imago Dei Part II

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr. Introduction   What Is Leadership? Leadership is the process whereby an individual influences a group of individuals to achieve a common goal. Leadership is often thought of as a one-time event or opportunity, but it is actually a process over time that requires implementing methodology, building structure, and fostering relationships. Leadership requires that there be a group of individuals, known as followers, being led. The role of the leader is to motivate, mobilize, and equip his or her followers towards a shared vision, and the role of the follower is to buy into and carry out the vision presented by the leader. This means honoring…

  • Blogs,  Vic Stanley

    Leadership & The Imago Dei Part I

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr. Introduction What Is Leadership? Leadership is the process whereby an individual influences a group of individuals to achieve a common goal. Leadership is often thought of as a one-time event or opportunity, but it is actually a process over time that requires implementing methodology, building structure, and fostering relationships. Leadership requires that there be a group of individuals, known as followers, being led. The role of the leader is to motivate, mobilize, and equip his or her followers towards a shared vision, and the role of the follower is to buy into and carry out the vision presented by the leader. This means honoring and…

  • Blogs,  Vic Stanley

    The Bible & Team Leadership

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr. The leadership theory often associated with Christianity tends to be servant leadership. Jesus is often held up as a perfect example of the servant leader, and scripture implores Christians to follow his example. However, the leadership theory that seems to permeate the governing bodies of the people of God throughout scripture is team leadership. Team leadership is grounded in the Trinity, and also seen in the theocracy of ancient Israel and the government of the Church.

  • Blogs,  Vic Stanley

    Christian Leadership: The Good Shepherd

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr.* Ezekiel 34 paints a picture of the wicked and unfaithful shepherds over Israel. These shepherds misled the people and took advantage of them. They allowed the “sheep” to remain weak, lost, sick, and desolate, only taking care of themselves and gaining off of the spiritual destruction of the children of Israel. In John 10 Jesus says that the shepherd who came before him were thieves who came only to kill and destroy which is what God accused the leaders of Israel of in Ezekiel 34. These shepherds Jesus speaks of in John 10 abandoned the sheep and left them to be devoured by wolves, again…

  • Blogs,  Vic Stanley

    Leadership & The Gospel

    Written By Victor Stanley Jr. Christian leaders must always look to scripture as the basis for leadership. With the focal point of scripture being the gospel, it only makes sense to consider what implications the gospel has with regard to leadership. For most Christians the gospel consists of the story or message of Jesus Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection along with the fact of him being God. Furthermore, it teaches that belief in this message brings about the moment of salvation, which is the conversion of an unbeliever. However, this view of the gospel is narrow in that it leaves out the bulk of the teachings found in the New…

  • Blogs,  Vic Stanley

    The Beginnings of Leadership

    Written By Victor Stanley Jr. Most Christian leaders would agree that they should look to Jesus as the example of a perfect leader. However, to truly understand what it means to lead like Christ, one must consider the theological implications of several doctrines. Three such doctrines that should inform a person’s idea of leadership are: man and the imago dei, the kingship of Christ, and the Trinity. While many begin a discussion on leadership by discussing the character traits of great leaders, how to cultivate those traits, and strategies for putting those traits to work, the Christian should start with two questions: who is God, and who is man.