For the past forty years or so, I’ve read through the Bible at least one time annually.  However, this year I’m behind.  Way behind.  I find my morning and evening devotions becoming a Biblical game of catch up with myself. 

I’ve always subscribed to the notion that consistent spiritual growth comes from reading three to four chapters each day and not gorge yourself with massive amounts of reading and study periodically.  I still believe that is the correct way to study and read the scriptures.  However, I am really enjoying this catch up time. 

This morning I was completing Proverbs.  I read 11 chapters.  I found many things that were relavant to my life that I’ve overlooked before.  Some of the things I found related to leadership principles.  Chapter 25 in the Message says, “Like the horizons for breath and the ocean for depth, the understanding of a good leader is broad and deep.”  And “remove the wicked from leadership and authority will be credible and God-honoring.”

Special Gathering is a ministry within the mentally challenged community. We are constantly endeavoring to improve our leadership skills and then pass this knowledge to our teachers, volunteers and members.  Our purpose is to evangelize and disciple people who are mentally challenged. 

From these verses there were two things which seems to stand out for me.  First, a good leader will have an in dept understanding of the field in which she is attempting to assert authority.  This is part of the reason why The Special Gathering area directors are involved in advocacy and constantly attempting to unravel the intricacies of State and Federal issues that involve our population.  We try to have a working understanding of behavioral issue, as well as knowing and studying the scriptures and theological issues.

The second thing is that wicked leadership is basically inept.  Of course, we know that it’s better to have honest and trustworthy leadership but I’ve not seen that Proverbs says that there must be honesty to have true authority.  Within our organization, we have been blessed with men and women who love the Lord and endeavor to be faithfully consistent before God.  However, we also have put into place safe guard–rules and regulations–for our volunteers, members and our staff which insure that our members remain safe.

What are some of the things that you have put into place which have worked to insure that leadership is broad and deep?  And that your leaders are honest and have godly authority?