Christian Leadership Development Through Character Formation

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Part of the ministry resources on Christian Leadership.

Leadership development is a universally recognized necessity for all leadership styles and approaches, especially with transformational leadership and empowerment. Ministry resources convey the theme that leaders must develop in at least two ways. First, and most important, is their walk with God through the experiences of life. This concentrates not so much on the “doing” as the “being” of the leader. It stresses the importance of an authentic walk with God and genuine spirituality which manifests itself through an increasingly Christ-like character, and consistently high standards of ethical and moral conduct. The second area of leadership development covers the skill sets necessary for leadership competence, encompassing both relational and task dimensions.

This resource guide focuses on Leadership Development Through Character Formation.

Popular business books on character emphasize working harder to develop ethical characteristics. This is fine and valuable, and I have included several titles with this message. Those with a biblical basis are preferred, however, in that they uphold the biblical teaching that man’s will and strength are not adequate for deep inner transformation. It requires an indwelling Spirit with whom we cooperate through obedience. The result is the “fruit of the Spirit,” or the life of Jesus increasingly manifested in us. This does not minimize the need for us to “make every effort to add to our faith goodness” (2 Peter 1:5ff), or to “work out our own salvation with fear and trembling.” (Philippians 2:12) It simply reminds us that “it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” (Philippians 2:13) Also, in Scripture, our motivation for life change is rooted in our experience of God’s love, our desire to honor God, and our hope in eschatological vision of one day being complete in Christ. As John says, “All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.” (1 John 3:1-3) For this reason, we begin with the biblically-based materials. The business-based titles are quite good, however. In fact at times they are more effective in expressing the importance of character and showing the relationship between being and doing. This resource guide suggests a few titles from both areas.


Leadership Catalyst, True-Faced Leadership

Other Biblically Based


This is one of several Pathways to Leadership Development that are featured on

See also the Leadership Index and the overall Ministry Resource Index for annotated guides on over 100 related issues. will expand significantly on this resource guide in the section on Spiritual Formation which is in development.