Connecting Love and Leadership

Series: Leading With Love
Presenter: Kevin Fitzgerald

This unit explains the importance of connecting love and leadership and demonstrates the distinctions between a “board elder” and a “shepherd elder.”

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Remember It

Contemplate these questions, then click on each question to see the answer.
1. What distinctions are there between a “board elder” and a “shepherd elder”?
A “board elder” is one who typically attends meeting, makes decisions, implements plans, but spends little or no time with people. A shepherd elder is one who typically loves spending time with people, is available, hospitable, warm, and approachable.
2. According to Paul, what must be the driving force in the use of our spiritual gifts?
3. In this section, our main goal was to connect love with what?

Discuss It

  1. What are some potential problems a leader may encounter who is highly gifted, motivated, talented, and yet lacking in love?
  2. Many workers can perform their jobs without love. In what way is it different for a spiritual leader?
  3. How can love cover over a multitude of a leaders shortcomings?

Apply It

  1. Read the following portions of Scripture: Gal. 5:22-23; Eph. 4:2-3, Eph. 4:31-32; Col. 3:12-16. After reading these portions, compose a list of any of the items you sense may be lacking in your life and hindering you from becoming a more loving leader. Prioritize the list, starting with the more urgent needs. Make the list a part of your prayer life as you seek to develop the areas on your list.
  2. Determine a time (a week, a month) to read 1 Cor. 13:1-7 at least once per day. Ask God to help you make this passage a part of your “DNA” as a loving leader. (Suggestion: In verses 4-7, replace the word “love” and “it” with your name.)

Digging Deeper

Robert Chapman – Apostle of Love, A Biography by Robert L. Peterson

On Being a Servant of God, by Warren Wiersbe, Baker Books