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Christian Leadership, Page 1

Christian Leadership

Preface

In His love and mercy, God provided through Ellen G. White a rich treasure of inspired counsel on a wide variety of subjects that are important to the remnant church in its task of carrying the three angels’ messages to the world. Among the subjects dealt with in this counsel are education, diet, home and family, evangelism, healthful living, practical Christianity, publishing, and medical work.

Seventh-day Adventist school teachers and church leaders have discovered that materials for their classes almost always can be enriched by choice quotations and gems of thought gathered from the published and unpublished writings of Ellen White. Thus, in 1973 and 1974, when preparations were being made to conduct a series of Christian Leadership Seminars, the secretary of the White Estate and the director of the seminars collaborated in preparing a booklet of Ellen White counsels on Christian Leadership.

The booklet was widely used and much appreciated. However, after a number of years, when the Leadership Seminars were no longer being conducted on a regular basis, the booklet was allowed to go out of print. It was assumed that it had served its purpose and would not be reissued. However, demand for it has continued. To meet the demand, we now offer this new edition. We send it forth with a prayer that its counsels may bless and strengthen the men and women whom God has placed in positions of responsibility in His church.

The Board of Trustees of the

Ellen G. White Estate

Washington, D. C.,

March 1, 1985. Reprinted September, 1995.

Table of Contents

Importance Of Organization1
Management3
Christian Leadership4
Kindness, Tenderness, Sympathy6
Loyalty9
Humility11
Integrity15
Ability18
Envy19
Confidence20
Influence21
Home Responsibility23
Individuality24
Authority26
Dictatorship31
Not to Control Other Men's Minds36
Teamwork39
Delegating43
Decision Making50
Choosing Personnel52
Training Leaders55
Criticism58
Cooperation60
Reproving Wrong62
Self-Discipline63
Self-Improvement66
Majoring In Minors68
Committee Meetings70
Finances71
Courage73
Health75
Trusting God76

Importance of Organization

“Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.”—1 Corinthians 12:4-7.

“Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.”—1 Corinthians 12:27-28.

The Divine Purpose—As our numbers increased, it was evident that without some form of organization there would be great confusion, and the work would not be carried forward successfully. To provide for the support of the ministry, for carrying the work in new fields, for protecting both the churches and the ministry from unworthy members, for holding church property, for the publication of the truth through the press, and for many other objects, organization was indispensable.—Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, 26.

Lord's Business Demands Order—The Lord is not pleased with the present lack of order and accuracy among those who do business in connection with His work. Even in the business meetings of the conference, much time could be saved and many mistakes avoided, by a little more study and punctuality. Everything that bears any relation to the work of God should be as nearly perfect as human brains and hands can make it.—Gospel Workers, 460.

General Conference in Session Highest Authority—I have often been instructed by the Lord that no man's judgment should be surrendered to the judgment of any other one man. Never should the mind of one man or the minds of a few men be regarded as sufficient in wisdom and power to control the work, and to say what plans should be followed. But when, in a General Conference, the judgment

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