Divine Empowerment of Leaders

Divine Empowerment of Leaders, Study of Luke(Page 20)

By Allen Quist 

Divine-empowered Leadership Theory
(part 2)

The fruit of the Spirit develops in our lives as we live by the Spirit, rather than living by our flesh (Gal. 5:16-25). However, living by the Spirit is not automatic, believers must “live by the Spirit” (5:16) and be “led by the Spirit” (5:18).

Jesus linked the Holy Spirit with power, “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you” (Acts 1:8). Thayer defines the Greek word ‘power’ (dunamis G1411) used in this verse as “strength, power, or ability.” Luke uses the same Greek word repeatedly in Acts (2:11; 2:22; 3:12; 4:7; 4:33; 6:8; 8:13, 19:11).

Based upon the above, the definition of divine-empowered leadership is: Leadership drawing any and all power from God the Holy Spirit, the only source of divine empowerment, for the purpose being the conduit of Christ’s love in all places and all times into the lives of others, through demonstrations of the divinely empowered reflection of Christ in a leader’s life, as observed through all aspects of the life, including, but not limited to, words, behavior, emotions, values, affections, life focus, and decisions. With the exception of the moments a leader is alone with God in a private time, all divine empowerment is triadic—it involves God, the leader, and one or more other people either present or impacted.

Divine-empowered Leadership Praxis: With the exception of communication with God alone such as private time, all communication involves three or more persons, God, the leader, and another person or more. God’s involvement exists whether the persons are aware of it. Divine-empowered leadership shows itself in some of the following ways:

  1. Clear communication: under the divine empowerment of Christian leadership theory, Spirit-empowered leaders are able to communicate clearly for the benefit of the recipient. Divine-empowerment is triadic—it involves God providing the power to empathize, the leader to do the empathizing and the recipient of the message as the third member of the triad. (p. 16).

  2. Empathy: under the divine empowerment of Christian leadership theory, Spirit-empowered leaders are able to empathize with the follower, be sensitive to their fears and anxieties, and thereby provide clear and targeted communication for the benefit of the follower. Divine-empowerment is triadic—it involves God providing the power to empathize, the leader to do the empathizing and the recipient of the care as the third member of the triad (p. 17).

  3. Eternity focused: Under the divine empowerment of Christian leadership theory, Spirit-empowered leaders are eternity focused—they perceive God’s eternal purpose in all life situations. Divine-empowerment is triadic—it involves God providing the power to see God’s eternal perspective (wisdom), the leader to use the God’s eternal perspective for leadership, and the follower as recipient of the wise leadership as the third member of the triad (p. 22).

  4. Expecting God’s power: Under the divine empowerment of Christian leadership theory, Spirit-empowered leaders will do significant ministry among people (from God’s point of view) and will recognize God’s miracles around them. Divine-empowerment is triadic—it involves God providing the power to do and see God's work, the leader to be used by God to do and see His work, and the follower to be the recipient and witness of God’s work (p. 20).

  5. Life as a bondservant: Under the divine empowerment of Christian leadership theory, Spirit-empowered leaders those who have truly given their life to Christ as a “bondservant of Christ,” not keeping the right to make the final decision, but doing what pleases God. Divine-empowerment is triadic—it involves God providing the power to abandon oneself to God’s sovereignty and leading, the leader to accept God’s sovereignty and leading (sometimes referred to as a regency relationship), and the follower to be the recipient of the leadership of one submissive to God’s leading (p. 18).

  6. Concern for all people: Under the divine empowerment of Christian leadership theory, Spirit-empowered leaders are concerned about the reality of inequity among disenfranchised people and people groups. Divine-empowerment is triadic—it involves God providing the burden for disenfranchised people, the leader to be burdened putting feet to the burden and the recipient of the care as the third member of the triad (p. 19).

  7. Equipping for leadership: Under the divine empowerment of Christian leadership theory, Spirit-empowered leaders understand their leadership responsibility as a regent for God to lead others to the ministry God intends for them. Divine-empowerment is triadic—it involves God providing the power to empathize and lead others, the leader to do the empathizing and leading, and the recipient of the care and leading as the third member of the triad (p. 17).

  8. Scripture interpretation: Under the divine empowerment of Christian leadership theory, Spirit-empowered leaders are able to hear God from Next PageScripture and recontextualize what God is saying to a contemporary time. Divine-empowerment is triadic—it involves God providing the power to understand His Word, the leader being the conduit of the power, and the recipient of the recontextualization as the third member of the triad (p. 15-16).
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