Leadership: What Does it Look Like to Lead from a Christian Perspective?

The word vicissitudes usually refers to something that seemingly happens at random. It can also apply specifically to the difficulties or hardships, typically outside of one’s control. Life, work, relationships and the like can be wrought with change and thereby filled with challenges.

Confession: Sometimes I am reluctant to lead. Why? Quite frankly, leading people is difficult and not for the faint of heart or easily wearied. Leading people requires a personal investment far beyond what most people envision. Leadership is HARD. Especially, leading as a Christian. The stakes are HIGH! There are days that I’m not sure I’m up to the the task at hand. I find myself asking, “ Am I really qualified?” Yet, I’ve learned that God isn’t asking me; He’s expecting me. For this is His plan and purpose for me in advancing His kingdom for His glory; To LEAD. It’s how and who He made me to be. I can’t not lead anymore than a fish can swim out of water. As a result, I’ve been leading people and managing stuff most of my life.

What does it look like to lead from a Christian perspective through change, challenges, and conflict?

Christian leadership is molded by the desire to serve others while reflecting the teachings and values of Jesus Christ.

Leading from a Christian perspective demands:

  1. Humility: Christian leaders recognize that they are not perfect and are accountable to God. They approach leadership with a humble attitude, seeking to learn and grow, and are willing to admit their mistakes. They own their failures and share their victories.
  2. A Servant’s Heart: Christian leaders prioritize serving others. For a Christian leader, it’s never about seeking power or recognition.They follow the example of Jesus, who washed his disciples’ feet and said, “whoever wants to be first must be slave of all” (Mark 10:44).
  3. Integrity: Christian leaders recognize the importance of guarding their integrity closely. They strive to be honest and transparent in their actions and decisions. They uphold moral principles and values, and do not compromise on what is right, even when it’s difficult.
  4. Vision: Christian leaders have a clear vision of where they are headed and what they want to achieve, guided by prayer and seeking God’s will. They communicate their vision effectively and inspire others to work towards it.
  5. Empathy: Christian leaders demonstrate compassion towards others, and seek to understand their needs and perspectives. They listen attentively, and offer support and guidance to those who need it. Strive to understand before being understood.
  6. Wisdom: Christian leaders seek wisdom and discernment, relying on the Holy Spirit for guidance in decision-making. They are open to learning from others and are willing to consider different perspectives. Devote time to God’s Word to grow in wisdom and stature.
  7. Courage: Christian leaders are not afraid to take risks, and are willing to step out of their comfort zone to pursue their vision. They stand firm in their convictions and are willing to speak truthfully and boldly, even in the face of opposition. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
  8. Love: Christian leaders embody the love of Christ, treating others with respect, kindness, and compassion. They value each individual as a child of God, and work to build relationships based on trust and mutual respect.

In addition to the traits listed above, leadership requires a variety of skills, such as the ability to communicate effectively, think critically, problem-solve, and inspire and motivate others. These skills can be enhanced by nurturing a creative mindset.

If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.

Romans 12:8 (NLT)

Employing these practices daily helps prepare the table for those difficult times that leaders face during times of change, challenge, and conflict. After all, we play like we practice.

I pray that this post helps you understand what it looks like to lead from a Christian perspective through change, challenges, and conflict.

I pray that your weekend is filled with the abundant blessings from God above.

Rainer Bantau

The Devotional Guy™


The Devotional Guy™ Rainer Bantau © 2023



  1. You hit the nail on the head here, Rainer. Leadership can be hard. Serving as a Christian leader is even harder. Look at what it cost Jesus!

    You’ve made some excellent points here, brother, and they come from your own tested experiences.

    I’ve taken the uneasy leadership path recently while mentoring a few children. It would have been easier to choose their less challenging peers to serve. I came home from school one afternoon and told Nancy, “Sometimes you have to get your hands dirty.” Talking leadership gambles can be risky business. Yet, in my case (this time) it was a home run.

    Have a blessed weekend, my brother!

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  2. David—thanks for this feedback and for sharing your recent experiences. No risk, no reward. I applaud your zeal for working with our next generation. Blessings!

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  3. As an introvert, I don’t like leading. But we all have times when leading is necessary. Thank you for this insightful post.

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  4. You’re welcome. Thanks for reading!

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