New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church

Pastor Stanley M. Jacobs, Sr.

WHERE ARE THE LEADERS?



This is the question we pondered at the recent Leadership Renewal Retreat at the Billy Graham Training Center in Asheville, North Carolina. Our instructor was Jim Henry who is Pastor Emeritus at First Baptist Church of Orlando, Florida. Dr. Henry suggests that we are all called to lead in our respective places. We live in desperate and trying times which require all of us to fulfill our roles as Christian leaders.



Dr. Henry used the life of Jacob’s son, Joseph, to extract four leadership traits that must be present in exceptional leaders. The Book of Genesis devotes a deal of time to the life of Joseph. There is surely much to learn from Joseph’s example. Joseph had a servant’s heart. He also possessed a heart of integrity and perseverance. Most of all, Joseph had an unshakable faith in God. These four
leadership traits are necessary in exceptional leaders today.



Where can one find exceptional leaders today? First, look for a Christian with a servant’s heart. Joseph was abandoned by his brothers and sold into slavery, but he became a servant in Potiphar’s house. He was lied on and casted into prison, but he served the prisoners. He was eventually promoted to the palace, but there he served the King of Egypt. He was given a great responsibility in Egypt and he served the task at hand. Exceptional leaders have hearts to serve others. 

Exceptional leaders have hearts of integrity. When Potiphar’s wife approached Joseph to betray his master’s trust, Joseph refused and maintained his integrity. Exceptional leaders know and do what is right regardless of the consequences. Exceptional leaders know and do what is right regardless of
what their family and friends think about them.



Close to a heart of integrity is a persevering heart. Joseph did not give up in the pit. He did not give up in Potiphar’s house and he did not give up in prison. Exceptional leaders do not give up and throw in the towel. They just keep pressing toward the mark for the prize of the high call of God in Christ Jesus. 

Finally, Exceptional leaders, like Joseph, have an unshakable faith in God. God did not keep Joseph out of the pit, but Joseph kept trusting him. God did not keep Joseph out of Potiphar’s house, but Joseph kept trusting him. God did not keep Joseph out of the prison, but Joseph kept trusting him. When Joseph finally arrived in the palace, he was still trusting God. 

We live in times that call for exceptional leaders. Where are the leaders?



Blessings to All