Jane Overstreet (USA) shared from Ezekiel 34:1-5 and how this is still being repeated in 2010.

We then watched a video of a cabinet meeting in Uganda in 1970 led by Idi Amin.

The Survey Results

Dr James Magara (Uganda) the descriptors of the survey are used to describe Christian leaders.  In 2008 a primarily web-based survey was done with 1031 leaders distributed across 6 continents (not Antarctica).  Age included a wide spread, one-third were female.  Professions included business, education, medicine and law.  59.3% had more than 10 years of experience in leadership.  The survey was made available in five languages – there was rarely any difference between the results of different language groups.

Dr Magara then took us through the results as outlined in the Advanced Paper – We Have A Problem! – But There Is Hope!:

Characteristics of poor leaders: Pride, lack of integrity, harsh and uncaring

Five most pressing issues: personal pride; lack of integrity; spiritual warfare; corruption; lack of infrastructure

Traits of a Christ-like character: integrity, authenticity, excellent character; servant’s heart and humble; spiritually mature, hear’s God’s voice, holy & prayerful.

Leadership subjects of interest: mentoring/coaching; spiritual formation; people management; conflict resolution; strategic planning.

Causes of failure of Christian leaders: burn-out; abuse of power; inappropriate use of finances; inordinate pride; lack of growth in their spiritual life; sexual sin.

Leadership development opportunities wanted: mentoring; small accountability group; informal discussion with peers; workshops.

Why is there such a shortage of Christ-centred leaders?: so-called “leadership training programmes” don’t really prepare people ot lead in the real world, people have credentials but they can’t lead.


  • Too many of our leaders today are not Christ-like
  • We are doing a poor job of leadership development through our existing programs today!

We then watched a video clip from Invicta,   Does your current leadership look more like Idi Amin or Nelson Mandela?

Christ-like Leadership

We watched a video on the theme of “It’s not about me, it’s about you Lord”, which Branko Bjelajac (Slovakia) linked to 2 Corinthians 4:5-18.

There is a tension between leading and serving – Jesus focuses on serving, which fits with some but not many of the present day leadership models, two key aspects:

  • No recognitions or medals.  Mary models this for us: “My soul glorifies the Lord” – Luke 1:46.
  • The quest for significance – a fractured spirituality is widespread.

Leadership development methods that have been tried and tested

Led by Shamira Manwar-Philip (India).

Character & knowledge: Leader development is a complex and life-long endeavor, but there are some methods that work better than others.  Here is an example:

3 main objectives :

  • To use Biblical principles focused on integrity.
  • To use adult learning methodology within creative  curriculum.
  • To engage in constant interaction to facilitate mentoring and open discussions.

The Opportunity: to identify and train political grass-roots leaders in India.  The curriculum was based around a story of politics and some key activities, e.g. artwork, debates, dramas, and more.  Shamira then explained the details of the training programme – it was a bit too quick so not to detailed notes but it was several hundred leaders trained together.

We have a problem:

  • Christ-like leadership is not a luxury, but a necessity.
  • Providing opportunities for leaders to grow is critical to a healthy, vibrant, transformational, multiplying Church.
  • We must be wise stewards of the resources available because the future of the Church is at stake.
  • Pray
  • Commit to becoming a more Christ-like leader
  • Release and enable others, and intentionally find, use and promote the very best in leadership development resources.

What can you do?

Married to the amazing Sarah and raising Jakey, Daniel, Amelia, Josh & Jonah in our blended family. Passionate for Jesus, social work & sport.

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