If you read my last post, I bet you’ve been salivating for the next installment of my conversation with Steve Moore about his new book, The Top Ten Leadership Conversations in the Bible. Let’s dive right back in to the dialogue …
Ralph: I’m not sure how much you are prepared to reveal in advance of the book, but can you tell us the leadership conversations that made your top ten list?
Steve: I’m reserving details of my full list of the top 10 leadership conversations for people who sign up at BibleCenteredLeadership.com when we get closer to the release of the book. But what I will give you is the first and last leadership conversation along with the list of topics I address in connection with each chapter.
Favor – the leader is Pharaoh, the follower is Joseph, and the situation is Joseph being called to interpret Pharaoh’s dream, in Genesis 41.
Judgment – the leader is James, the followers are the apostles, Paul, Barnabas, some other brothers from Antioch, and believers from the party of the Pharisees. The situation is the Jerusalem Council in Acts 15.
Steve: If you review last week’s post you can see the four filters I applied to identify my top 10 list. Keep in mind, conversations between God and leaders were intentionally excluded in my research.
Ralph: Your website is BibleCenteredLeadership.com, which begs the question, how do you define a “Bible Centered Leader”?
Steve: Everything I know about Bible centered leadership I learned from Bobby Clinton. I’ve modified some of his ideas, with his blessing, to make them more accessible to people who haven’t studied Leadership Emergence Theory. Here’s how Bobby defines a Bible centered leader, in his book, Having Ministry That Lasts:
A Bible Centered leader refers to a leader whose leadership is informed by the Bible, and who has been personally shaped by Biblical leadership values, who has grasped the intent of Scriptural books and their content in such a way as to apply them to current situations and who uses the Bible in ministry so as to impact followers.
The final chapter of my book is Becoming a Bible Centered Leader, and the website will include additional information as well as resources to support this focus. My real goal with this project is starting a fresh movement of Bible centered leadership.
Ralph: Ready for more? In the next post, I plan to ask Steve how this project can specifically benefit ABHE member institutions and their students and stakeholders.
Fresh gleanings to fuel your leadership awareness, reflection, and conversations …
I feel at least as paralyzed as I do perplexed about last month’s provocations and violence in Charlottesville, VA. American Bible Society’s Arthur Satterwhite III offers counsel and perspective, urging that those of us who love God and His Word must not be silent. Instead, we must be humble bearers of hope. Read and heed.
The white supremacy movement’s logic has a lot in common with … wait for it … Planned Parenthood. That’s right. In an August 15th Federalist article, Daniel Payne asserts, “If you were a white supremacist who wanted to sharply reduce the black population to make way for more whites, what would you be doing differently than Planned Parenthood?” Skeptical? Check out Margaret Sanger’s historical statements and current abortion data.