And yet something is missing.”1 writes Albert Mohler as he reflects upon the leadership books, conferences and seminars that he has read and attended. I cannot help but to feel the same way as I reflect upon the leadership and management class that I have attended this semester.

The Conviction to Lead

It is not that there were no leaders that were teaching the class. There were plenty and they were all passionate about leadership. But what was missing? I think Mohler nails it when he writes, “Many leaders are masters of change and organisational transformation, but they lack a center of gravity in truth“.

What does the leader believe? I do not know what some leaders believe. Perhaps there are none, assumed or not communicated.  Other leaders have beliefs, but they may not be founded upon truth.

Christian leadership is driven by deeply held convictions. More than the beliefs we hold, convictions are the beliefs that hold us.

“For Christian leaders, those convictions must be drawn from the Bible and must take the shape of the Gospel”.

Our ultimate conviction must be based on Scripture alone that we are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone and now we must lead, doing God’s work in God’s way, for God’s glory alone.

Martin Luther’s three words, “Here I stand” is the manifesto of what Mohler calls convictional leadership. Luther was a convictional leader that ignited the Reformation because such leaders are “driven by deep convictions, and their passion for these convictions is transferred to followers who join in concerted action to do what they know to be right”.

Christian leadership is the deep conviction of the great truths of the Christian faith and especially in the Gospel of grace of Jesus Christ that grips the Christian leader.

Albert Mohler, The Conviction To Lead: 25 Principles for Leadership That Matters (Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group, 2012), 16.