Obviously, not every line of discussion was included and there are some gaps. Overall, it was a good discussion that highlighted several positive areas of understanding and agreement, as well as several areas that we will study further.
Below are the questions and discussion answers. What do you think? What should be added?
This is a summary of a 45 minute discussion about biblical leadership, involving men from the Horton Road Church of Christ (where I work). Obviously, not everything is included and our discussion was limited around a few open-ended questions. The purpose of these questions was to discover what range existed in our thinking on these questions.
I'm posting them here to solicit feedback. What do you think? What would you add?
1. What does a godly leader look like?
* we can see many traits of godly leaders by looking at leaders in the bible that God chose (Abraham, Aaron, Moses, etc.)
o Abraham exemplified self-sacrifice; Moses and Aaron exemplified meekness
* obedient to God; unquestioningly so
* respected by people inside the church and outside the church
* constantly praying (lifestyle)
* willing to step out in faith to follow God
2. What do godly leaders do?
* they are people of action
* they help others in and out of the church (not just their own)
* they are people-focused; selfless, not selfish
* what is right, even when doing right is difficult and/or unpopular
* encourage and rebuke--they teach through actions and words
* one scripture brought up was Proverbs 9:8 and the maturity godly leaders operate with
3. What is an elder? What is a deacon?
* elders are spiritual leaders; deacons are service leaders
* this is explained in Acts 6:1-6--the apostles showed wisdom in appointing service leaders to lead in serving so they could remain devoted to teaching and prayer
4. Which scriptures come to mind when you think about godly leadership?
* Acts 6:1-7
* Acts 7--Stephen's speech, where he outlines biblical history by focusing on key leaders that God used
* 1 Timothy 3:1-13
* Titus 1:5-9
* 1 Peter 5:1-5