Biblical Leadership

2013 SEND Conference


There are many valuable principles in best-selling leadership books, but leaders in the church must ultimately derive their core leadership principles from Scripture. In this 67-minute breakout session from the 2013 SEND Conference, Jack Graham heralds the call for pastors to be God-called, Spirit-filled, servants of Christ who faithfully and humbly fulfill the mission of God. Jack Graham is Senior Pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, TX. He has served two terms as President of the Southern Baptist Convention and authored numerous books including Unseen and Life According to Jesus.


Jack noted that the best way to finish well in ministry is to start well—to lay spiritual foundations that will set you on a trajectory and keep you on track. What are some foundational spiritual disciplines that keep you on track? How have these proved indispensable in your ministry?
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John 3:30 (ESV)

30He must increase, but I must decrease.”

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


What helps you remain humble in ministry? What temptations and entitlements do you have to battle on a regular basis?
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"A leader without accountability is a failure in the making."

Who keeps you accountable? In what areas (spiritual, relational, financial, ministerial) do they hold you accountable?
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Jack stressed the importance of character over charisma. How do you make sure you are leading out of a place of character and integrity, instead of relying on your natural ability to communicate and lead?
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Biblical leadership involves direct, simple, and clear communication. What problems can arise when you fail to communicate with clarity? Why is clarity particularly important in today's culture?
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Biblical leadership, at its heart, desires to lead in such a way that brings glory to God and to sees lives changed. The call to church leadership is a God-given calling that requires humility, character, and clarity. Rely on strength that comes from God's Spirit as you strive to be a leader in the image of Christ.


For more from the SEND Conference, or information on how to attend the next conference, visit sendconference.com.