Preparing for leadership


Usually people describe success or failure of leaders in their ability or ability to lead. For this reason, when leaders have gone to the secular world, the qualifications of the individuals are usually given in the main. On the contrary, in close contact with the call of great leaders God used in the Bible, it turns out that God was not primarily concerned with talent. Eims Leroy, that leaders such as Moses, Gideon and Jeremiah publicly announced their commitment to carry out the task that God called them to do. 1 If God were looking for good men, he would not have called them.

Does it mean that preparation is not necessary for leaders? According to Gottfried Osei-Mensah, there are preconditions for spiritual leaders.2 This statement implies that some form of preparation is necessary. In addition, it is clear from the scripture that every leader God used had certain qualities or skills needed to fulfill his or her tasks. This observation is, however, a question: were leaders willing to call or did they just have the qualities that God would need? With God, things do not happen, because the essay of this article is that those who God used in the Bible as leaders were always ready for their mission.

In order to clarify this essay, selected leaders in the Bible are examined. The goal is to first prove that leaders were ready to lead and secondly to determine the nature of preparation and the importance of leaders & # 39; call.

The following three categories of leaders have been selected in this study:

a) Callers and commissions surprised them
b) Those who were precious to their predecessors
c) Those who took the lead because of a crisis.

For each leader, the presentation will also be divided into three parts:

a) His history before he leads;
b) Leadership and Performance;
c) Summaries of special routes for which he was prepared for leadership. Finally,

will make food and make conclusions.

A. Heads of Call and Education took precedence

Among the leaders who called and commissioned were Moses and Paul. These were leaders who personally met God while pursuing their own goals in life. These leaders would now talk about each one to determine how each of them was ready to lead.


a) His Life History Before Calling Leadership

The Bible, in Leviticus 2-15, deals with Moses' life from birth to him. According to this chapter, Moses was born in Egypt by Hebrew parents. But because Pharaoh killed all the Hebrew grandchildren, his mother could not have raised him from childhood to adulthood. However, with what can be called divine evidence, Howard F. Vos said that Moses probably spent the first two or three years of his life with his own mother.3 The remainder of his first forty years was spent in the hall as approved son of Pharaoh's daughter. John C. Maxwell said that the years went to Pharaoh's palace, that he got the best that Egypt offered both physically and mentally. Maxwell quoted in Acts 7:22, which states that Moses taught all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in words and works.4

Although he was risen into the palace of Pharaoh Moses, he recognized his Hebrew identity. He had to flee Egypt because he killed Egyptian to protect the oppressed Hebrew. For the next forty years in his life he went to Midian and held a flock of Jethro. It was in Midian, about 80 years old that God was surprised by him.

b) Its Leadership and Performance

In this chapter, the goal is to just make a short reflection of Moses & # 39; primary tasks and achievements. According to John D. Hannah, in his remarks to Genesis God, God gave Moses the liberation of Israelites from Egypt. He showed how this prophecy was a perfect surprise to Moses.5 Although God promised to take Israel to a good and spacious country, this commission, according to Hannah, was not given to Moses. To support his point, he referred to Stephen's Declaration of Moses & # 39; a mission in Acts 7: 35-36, saying that there was no indication that Moses was invited to take Israel to the Promised Land.6 Moses truly did the task God gave him, despite all his protests about his existence when God called him . This was because he accepted faith in God's faith that he was with him to accomplish this task and also because he was going to save Israel from slavery. Ted Engstrom pointed out the aspects of his policy and pointed out that "he never lost his perspective and called for the life that made it possible." 7. By his missionaries, these words of authenticity had been an incentive to him.

In addition, Maxwell was rightly observed over the years in the desert, Moses & # 39; leadership added. He named Jetro, Moses & # 39; great-grandfather, like one man who helped to make that difference in his life.

Moses also did something else not specifically written in the scripture. DA Hubbard, in his article about Pentateuch, said that both Judaism and Christianity had undoubtedly accepted the biblical tradition that Moses wrote Pentateuch.8 This publication had been a great content not only for spiritual purposes but also for academic purposes.


a) His life story before calling for leadership

According to Acts 21: 39; 22: 3, Paul was born in Tarsus, the city of Cilicia. He was of pure Jews and the tribe of Benjamin (Phil 3: 5). He was the Hebrew and Pharisee. He spoke Greek and was familiar with the Aramaic (Acts 22: 2). Paul taught tents because it was common for all Jewish boys to learn business.

In his book, "Paul Leader," Oswald J. Sanders commented on Paul: "All the formal years were calculated to prepare him to be an excellent Pharisee and a rib, as his great guide Gamaliel" 9. Paul studied under Gamaliel, a famous teacher of the law and Hillels school. Sanders also observes that Hillel University had a broader and freer view of education than Shammai – another outstanding school.10 In addition, Sanders said that, unlike Shammai, Hillel Hill would be interested in Greek literature. In that school, Paul learned how to use the works of pagan authors. He continued his fellow students both in academic accomplishments and in intensity for both God and the tradition of their fathers. He was almost a member of the Sanhedrin, supreme law and civil court.

b) His Leading Role and Performance

Oswald Sanders pointed out that Paul became a great spiritual leader when his heart and mind were taken by Jesus.12 Such statements could not be made if Paul had not been successful in the role of God save him to perform. Another writer, Ted E. Engstrom, takes the background of Paul's success: "A Jew who lived in a Greek city and with Roman citizenship of Rome and this attribute enabled him to adapt to people among whom he was moving." 13. According to Acts 9, when Paul landed on the Lord Jesus, he was entrusted with taking the message of the gospel to the Gentiles. Reports of Paul's attitude in his commission can be found in Acts 13-28. This includes missionary tours to pagan countries, church ministry, training or teaching ministries among the Gentiles and effective discussions with secular philosophers.

In addition, Paul wrote thirteen of the New Testament letters. In these letters he deals with important theological concepts such as the righteousness, sanctification and resurrection of Christ. Various assumptions of Christian faith against worldly philosophies are also part of these letters. According to 2Tim. 4: 7, Paul was sure that he reached the goal of God for his life when he said that he had boasted the good fight, finished the race and kept the faith.

B. Leaders Presented by Their Prime Minister

The other categories of leaders investigated are those who were aware of their predecessors. Among such leaders are Joshua, who reached Moses and Samuel who reached Eli. These two leaders will be examined in this chapter.


a) His History Before Calling Leadership

The Bible gave Joshua a brief family background in Leviticus 33:11; Num. 1:10. He was the son of Nun, the son of Elishama, the head of Ephraim. Apart from this background, there is no other information about him before he met Moses. The scripture emphasized Joshua's teaching relationship with Moses. This close relationship between them can be traced in the scripture.

According to Leviticus 24:13, when Moses raised Sinai to receive both of the tablets for the first time, Joshua followed him part of the way and was the first to meet him when he returned (32:17) . And when the Israelites sinned by worshiping the golden calf, Moses moved the camp outside the camp and left the congregation under the supervision of Joshua. In addition, Joshua was one of the twelve spies, whom Moses sent to explore Canaan. It was only after about forty years of guidance from Moses in the desert that God directed Moses to give Joshua leadership over the people.

In his book, "Leadership Images of the New Testament," David Bennett said four steps in developing leaders from Jesus' example. These are:

a) Developing leaders who have learned to follow
b) To train in connection with personal education.
c) Committing the community as well as training in a project.
d) Emphasize Spiritual Leadership. 14

These four steps are found in nearly forty years of guidance between Moses and Joshua. As Engstrom rightly said, "Moses had the right attitude when he knew it was time to train someone else to lead." He might fear being leader of the leader, asking God to give the Israelites a successor. "15 This might have been one of the reasons why he devoted himself to Joshua's mentor.

b) His Leadership and Performance

The role of Joshua was explained to him when he was appointed as leader of Israel. His call and commission was shared for Moses. In Numbers 27: 12-22, the Lord reminded Moses that he would not enter into the promise of the land, and that Joshua would divide him. Moses obeyed the commandment of the Lord and appointed Joshua for all the assembly of Israel. This commission kept Joshua at the forefront of through his mission, and he kept his faith in the one who called upon him. As Donald K. Campbell rightly suggested, Joshua intervened for the nation when the Israelites sinned and conquered.16 God and # 39 were the agents that Joshua would lead Israelites to the Promised Land, and he was angry with him to accomplish this mandate. In Joshua's comments that he was a star cry and courage in John 1: 6, Campbell also said that it would be a confirmation that God would not let Joshua down. 17 But this can also be seen as an indication that before becoming an Israeli leader, he had the opportunity he needed to build in leadership.

Information on Joshua's role has been recorded in Joshua. However, the suit was not easy, but Joshua is a general manager and his dependence on God. God has improved his favor. He made a mistake but he learned from his mistakes.


a) His Life History Before Calling Leadership

According to John C. Maxwell, Samuel was special since he was born because he was responding to prayer. He also said that, like a young child, Samuel was led by Eli the High Priest and Judge of Israel.18 This revealed that the relationship between Eli and Samuel began very early in Samuel's life. Samuel was like Joshua in the same place with his mentor. In addition, at the very earliest age, God began to speak directly to him, encouraging him to show respect and to serve God faithfully. Hannah should not overlook Hannah's role when he begins this guiding relationship. McChesney and Unger said that it was a fame Hannah made to dedicate Samuel to the Lord as a Nazarite.19

b) His Role and Performance

In order to better understand and evaluate Samuel's success, first review religious, political and social circumstances before but he is a prerequisite for leadership. Eugene H, Merrill rightly stated that "300 or so the years of Israel's history under judges were marked by political, moral and spiritual anarchy and worsening". It was in this background that everything seemed to have failed Samuel to be a groom and also took the lead.20

In view of his achievements, "Samuel's influence continued to increase throughout the lifetime. As a prophet, he was revised because of that that he spoke from God, but Samuel also became a judge of Israel, similar to the king. He was head of state and head of state. "Judgment of Israel all the days of his life." 21 In fact, only leaders with certain qualities can achieve what Samuel achieved. It was such a good leadership God was looking for in dealing with worsening situations in Israel. Israel used the time of peace while Samuel tried.

C. Leaders who Measured Leaders As a Consequence of Power

In the period between Joshua's death and the beginning of Samuel's leadership, many Israel ruled as judges. All of them were in charge of crisis. Gideon and Samson were two judges who ruled Israel at that time. They will be examined in this section, as representatives of judges, to determine whether they were prepared for their leadership role.


a) His History Before Calling Leadership

In the Danish chapter 6-8, the Bible covers the historical history of Gideon's family background. He was the son of Joash Abiezrite. He was also the tribe of Manasseh. You may want to suggest that Gideon has no quality or leadership potential before becoming a leader. This assumption has proved wrong in the light of the angel's greeting to Gideon – "mighty man" (Judges 6:12). As Joyce Peel rightly said: "The angel calls for his hidden qualities that we see developing in the rest of history." 22

It can be seen that Gideon already had faith in God from a question he asked the angel-where are all A wonder that our fathers told us when they said, "Did not the Lord have brought us out of Egypt?" His parents have made him aware that they have previously served God to survive. However, Gideon wanted to assure God's fathers to speak to him, and he asked God to give him a sign (: 17). Joyce Peel's comment on Gideon's request is that "it is not for any kind of unbelief to ask to avoid a challenge but to confirm a confidant ready to obey." 23 Gideon was convinced that God spoke to him and based on the fact that he responded to the call to meet the Midiani crisis.

b) The Leadership and His Performance

Gideon was called to play a special role, saving Israel from Midian. He had a clear vision of what he had to do. He also believed that he could achieve his goal because he was reassured of God. In addition, he had internal qualities that obscure him enough courage to go on surgery, even though he started at night. Gideon saved the Israelites from Midian and # 39; oppression, but he first bought them in faith in God. However, immediately after his death, the people returned to their foreign gods.


a) His Life History Before Calling Leadership

In Judges 13-16, the Bible described the life of Samson. Samson was the son of Manoah of the tribe of Sodom and of Dan. His birth was predicted by his angel for his parents. They were also told that he would be a Nazarite to God from the womb of Iudg. 13: 2-5, 24). The Bible also says in Acts 3: 24-25 that God blessed him and that God's spirit began to move him while he was in Mahaneh Dan. This account shows that Samson was a man of unusual strength. In Hebrews 11:32 he was known by the great faithfulness. During Samson, the philosophers had added to the Israelites.

b) His Leadership and Performance

Samson calls for a parliament and was shared with his parents. According to Judges 13: 5, he began to deliver Israel from the hands of philosophers. As John Mazwell rightly points out, "From the beginning, Samson was often in trouble, and at last he ended up badly:" He was sick, blind and afflicted by the enemy from what he should deliver to his people. " 24 Samson had the opportunity to become a great leader, but his inevitable character destroyed his leadership.


Three categories of leaders have been examined in this chapter to prove that the people whom God called for leadership in the Bible were always prepared for their mission. The first category of leaders were the callers who came as a surprise to them. The others were the leaders of their predecessors and the third were those who responded to the crisis. It was proved that all of these leaders had some sort of preparation necessary for their particular work. This preparation may come from God, their parents, religious, formal education or mentor. Therefore, you could conclude that God does not call a man for leadership that had not been prepared. God calls or one preparation does not guarantee success because preparation for effective leadership does not end with a single call.


1 Eims Leroy, Be The Leader You Will Be Illinois: Victor Books, 1982), p. 8-13

2 Gottfied Osei-Mensah, Desired: Servant Leader (Achimota: Africa Christian Press, 1990), p. 24-32

3 Howard F. Vos. The New Unger Bible Dictionary (Leicester: Inter-Varsity Press, 1982), p. 886.

4 John C. Maxwell, 21 The Most Powerful Minutes of Leadership Day: Revitalization and Strengthening Your Leadership (Nashville: Thomas nonson Publishers, 2000), p. 300.

5 John D. Hannah, Exodus: Bible Knowledge Statement (Colorado: Victor Victor Chairs, 1985), p. 112.

6 Sometimes, P 121.

7 Ted W. Engstrom, Making Christian Leaders: How to Develop Management and Human Relations (Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House, 1976), p. 29.

] 8 EN Hubbard, Pentateuch: New Bible Dictionary (Leicester: Inter-Varsity Press, 1982), p. 903.

9 Oswald J. Sanders, Paul Leader: A Vision for Christian Leaders Today (Eastboume: Kingsway Publication Ltd., 1982), p. 16/17.

10 Ibid, p

11 Ibid, p. 19

12 Oswald J. Sanders, Spiritual Leaders (Chicago: Moody Press, 1980), p. 40.

13 Ted E. Engstrom, Making Christian Leaders: How to Develop Management and Human Relations (Zondervan Publishing House, 1976), p.

14 David W. Bennett, New Testament Summit: A Practical Guide (Carlisle: OM Publishers, 1998), p. 33/4

15 Ted W. Engstrom, Making Christian Leaders: Developing Management and Human Communication Skills (Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House, 1976), p. 30

16 Donald K. Campbell, Joshua: The Bible Knowledge Commentary (Colorado: Victor Victor Publishing, 1984), p. 326.

17 Ibid, pp 328.

18 John C. Maxwell, 21 The Most Powerful Minutes of Leadership Day: Reusing Your Spirit and Strengthening Your Leadership (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1982), p. 67.

19 E. McChesney and Merrill F. Unger, Samuel: The New Studying Guide (Leicester: Inter-Varsity Press, 1982), P 1121.

20 Eugene H. Merrill Samuel: The Bible Knowledge Report (Colorado: Victor Victor Publishing, 1985), p. 431.

21 John C. Maxwell, 21 Most Powerfull Minute on Leadership Day: Reusing Your Spirit and Strengthening Your Leaders (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2000), p

22 Joyce Peel, Trip of the Old Testament: History of God's relationship with man. Woman and the World (Oxford: The Reading Community, 1993), p. 60

23 Ibid, p. 60


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