“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
– 1 Corinthians 13:13
Leadership is a topic of deep conversation, debate, and strong opinion within our culture today. Many believe that leadership is about demanding results. Others feel it is an art of persuasion. Some think leadership is about power and dominance. Still others feel that leadership is simply an expression of intellect. And to some degree or another, there is a place for all of this within leadership – minus the dominance, that is. A good leader does produce consistent results, has a strong gift of persuasion, knows how to yield power, and carries influential intelligence. Leadership, however, goes a bit deeper than all this. As believers, through the gift of scripture, we have access to what the One who personifies true leadership says about it, and thus, the Christian leader efforts to add His characteristics to their life.
There are many passages we could focus on, or dive into. For now, I’d like to lean upon the words of the Apostle Paul found in the love chapter, 1 Corinthians 13. This famous chapter of scripture concludes with one of the more well-known verses, and in it, the Apostle Paul shares with us three major words; faith, hope, and love. Though one would not normally attach these words to leadership, I do believe that they are foundational for those who lead within the Christian faith.
Let’s dive into each of these words individually. Continue reading “The Faith, Hope, and Love of a Christian Leader”