Leading Like Jesus

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Dr. David Gyertson has a broad background in higher education, publishing, consulting, executive coaching, ministry, and media. He also served as President of Regent, Asbury, and Taylor Universities. Currently he is Distinguished Leader in Residence and Affiliate Professor of Leadership at the Beeson School of Practical Theology. David conducts leadership retreats in areas of spiritual formation for organizational leaders, ministry professionals and others desiring to grow personally and professionally as committed followers of Christ. To connect with Dr. Gyertson, you may reach him at [email protected].

Scriptures and Key Points

  • Who can step up in these unprecedented times?

  • Christian leaders have complex roles.

  • The Kingdom of God is built on relationships.

  • Our level of our relationships determines our degree of influence. First with God, then with one another.

Psalm 27:10 KJ21 When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up.

  • Do for others what was done for you.

  • Invest in those who don’t appear to be investable: the least, the left, and the lost.

  • Also, “Don’t you ever forget the pit from which you were dug.”

2 Corinthians 4:7 NKJV But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.

  • Therefore only by the grace of God, the power and presence of His Holy Spirit, and the authority of His Word can we do anything meaningful for the Kingdom.

  • God is looking for our availability and our simple obedience.

John 1:14 NKJV And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

A critical step in leadership is to embrace and understand the empowering, revelational role of the Holy Spirit.

2 Timothy 2:15 KJ21 Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman who needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

  • Authority of the Word, empowered through the presence of the Holy Spirit to make that Word come alive

James 1:22 NKJV But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

  • Every life experience becomes a life lesson that becomes part of your life message.

  • We need an outpouring of God’s Spirit to break down the dividing walls.

  • One of the things that keeps the Holy Spirit from moving is our predispositions on how we think He should move based on how we experienced Him in the past.

Matthew 9:17 NKJV Nor do they put new wine into old wineskins, or else the wineskins break, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But they put new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”

Matthew 5:6 NKJV Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.

Romans 3:23 NKJV For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

  • We need the convicting outpouring of the Holy Spirit in a fresh way.

Psalm 103:12 NKJV As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.

Hebrews 13:5 NKJV  …For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Romans 6:13 NKJV And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.

“If a commission by an earthly king is considered an honor, how can a commission by a Heavenly King be considered a sacrifice?” – David Livingstone

“Throughout history there are reports of great awakenings and revivals. Revivals of the past began with a deep hunger and desire for prayer and intimacy with God, bringing people to a place of repentance and a call to consecration and holiness.”Doug Stringer

Those who desire to serve as Jesus did must unite around a commitment to humility, self-denial, and other-centeredness. Actions and attitudes, for those who would be like Jesus, must be without selfish ambition and prideful arrogance.” – Dr. David Gyertson, “The Truth about Yielding to Christ” article

Philippians 2 NKJV …Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. … each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.  And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross…

  • Kenosis – self-emptying 

Leadership is not about the leader, it’s about meeting the needs of the led.


  • The Holy Spirit never draws attention to himself.

  • Is the leader pointing to himself or pointing to Jesus?

  • What is it that those you’ve given me to lead need at this point?

  • Meeting the needs of the people in that moment is what’s needed.

  • Leaders, especially those in long-term situations, need to be willing to adapt as the organization grows and changes.

  • What got us here may not be what is needed to get us to where we need to be in the future.

  • The humble leader is willing to say, “Oh God, help me understand this generation.”

“…To serve the present age, My calling to fulfill: Oh, may it all my pow’rs engage

To do my Master’s will!” – “A Charge to Keep” hymn by Charles Wesley

  • What’s most important is not that we be known, but that we’ve left something behind worth knowing.

“Self is the opaque veil that hides the face of God from us.” – A.W. Tozer

No leader sets out to fail.

  • The gospel is the message of forgiveness.

Hebrews 12:15 NKJV Looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled

  • Let the Christ in you, who forgave you, forgive through you.

  • It is critical to be an instrument of forgiveness.

  • Often in our lives there remain things we haven’t taken care of.

  • The discerning gifts of the Holy Spirit help us to speak a clear word that gets to the center of the issue.

John 8:36 NKJV Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.

  • When you’re ministering, what do you see?

Matthew 20:33-34 NKJV They said to Him, “Lord, that our eyes may be opened.”  So Jesus had compassion and touched their eyes. And immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed Him.

  • Is your heart broken every time you step into the pulpit for the people who have gathered?

  • Lord, please help me understand to whom you are ministering. Help my heart be broken for them.

  • Jesus humbled himself and was broken for us.

“Before you get up before the people, make sure you weep between the porch and the altar for those you are going to be ministering to.” – David Wilkerson

Joel 2:17 NKJV Let the priests, who minister to the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar; let them say, “Spare Your people, O Lord, and do not give Your heritage to reproach, that the nations should rule over them. Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?’ ”

“Let my heart be broken by the things that break the heart of God.” – Bob Pierce


While men reach for thrones to build their own kingdoms, Jesus reached for a towel to wash men’s feet.” – Doug Stringer

“I stand amazed in the presence of Jesus the Nazarene, and wonder how He could love me, a sinner condemned, unclean.”I Stand Amazed in the Presence hymn

Colossians 3:16 NKJV Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 NKJV…He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.


Shout it from the Housetops by Pat Robertson
Leadership Awakening by Doug Stringer

Articles by Dr. Gyertson

The Truth About Yielding to Christ 

Ending Well

The Next Generation of Christian Leaders

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