Five Leadership Dynamics of Jesus’ Life

Five Leadership Dynamics of Jesus’ Life

Some time back I delivered a message on how Jesus modeled masculinity. As I reflected on that talk, I realized similar parallels apply to leadership. Jesus lived within these leadership dynamics during the three years He ministered on earth. Although fully God in every way, He lived as a human in every way as well, yet was without sin. He perfectly balanced each of these qualities below that appear as opposites. As you read these five dynamics, ask yourself which ones reflect your strengths and which ones need strengthening.

Power and Compassion

· Jesus showed great power and authority when He turned over the tables of the moneychangers in the Temple (Matt 21). He also showed His commanding power when He called the religious leaders whitewashed tombs. (Matt 23.37)

· Yet He touched the lepers (Matt. 8), showed tenderness to the woman with an issue of blood (Matt. 9), and showed compassion to the rich young ruler who wouldn’t give up his riches (Luke 18).

Head (intellect) and Heart (emotion)

· He amazed the people with His grasp of the Scriptures at age 12 while in the Temple (Luke 2). His arguments and logic silenced even the most brilliant of His day. He even tongue-tied the Roman procurator, Pontius Pilate (Mark 15). He created ingenious intellectual dilemmas for His adversaries. He masterfully used Scripture in the context of life with allusions and question that made others think.

· Yet Jesus deeply loved people at emotional levels. The shortest verse in the Bible says that, “Jesus wept.” (John 11.35)

Present and Future

· Jesus approached people where they were. He didn’t ask broken people questions like, “How in the world did you let yourself get into such a jam?” He was a realist about human frailty.

· Yet, He didn’t want people to stay where they were. He told Zacchaeus the tax collector to make restitution. He accepted him where he was, but He urged him to move forward in a God-honoring way (Luke 19). Jesus lived with a perfect blend of experiencing the present with an eye toward His future and toward helping others move into their best future.

Purpose and Freedom

· Jesus knew why He had come, to do His Father’s will. “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. (John 4.34) He was passionate about His work. He knew what needed to be done and did it. He worked hard.

· Yet He lived with an amazing sense of balance. He was never in a hurry, compulsive, and never forced people to do what He wanted them to do. He said followership was voluntary, no arm-twisting or guilt motivation. He didn’t force His agenda on others. He knew His purpose and He knew if others would embrace His purpose for them it would be best for them. Yet He released them to make their own choices.

Strength and Sensitivity with Women

· On the sensitivity side, Jesus elevated the status of woman so high that He even praised a woman for what was a purely masculine role, sitting at the feet of a Rabbi (when Mary sat at his feet) (Luke 10). He even defended a woman caught in adultery, not to approve her adultery, but to expose the injustice of her accusers. He, then forgave her (John 8).

· Yet He was forceful. He was blunt with His mother when she was out of line, asking Him to do some things not a part of His messianic plan (John 2). He affirmed Mary’s role when He indirectly confronted Martha’s compulsiveness (Luke 10). In John 4, He candidly pointed out to the woman at the well that she had had five husbands. Jesus knew when to be sensitive with women and when He needed to be strong and not back down.

I believe pastors and leaders, too, must live within these dynamics.

· Which of these is your greatest strength?

· Which is your greatest weakness?

· What would you add to this list?






Charles Stone

Both my wife Sherryl and I have a heart for pastors and pastors’ wives. We’ve taught hundreds of pastors and their wives in the United States, Canada, Nicaragua, Colombia, and Mexico.

I earned an engineering degree from Georgia Tech, a Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate of Ministry from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. I’m completing another masters degree in neuroleadership. I’m also an avid Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket fan.

I’ve been professionally trained in these areas by these organizations:

Life Coaching through the Professional Christian Coaching Institute
Strategic Planning through Ministry Advantage (certified)
Vision Clarity through the Church Unique Process (certified)
Conflict Management through Peacemakers
I’m the author of 4 books – Daughters Gone Wild – Dads Gone Crazy (Thomas Nelson, 2007), 5 Ministry Killers and How to Defeat Them (Bethany House Publishers, 2010), People Pleasing Pastors: Avoiding Pitfalls of Approval Motivated Leadership (Inter-Varsity Press, January 2014), and my brand new book, Brain-Savvy Leadership: the Science of Significant Ministry (Abingdon, 2015).