LISTEN: The Leader’s Challenge, Part 6 (Leadership That Gets the Job Done #6 with Daniel Whyte III)


Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

Ultimately, if the job is not done, goals are not reached, and the team does not win, then the leader is not doing his job well, because, as Dr. Lee Robinson or John Maxwell said, “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” The simple purpose of this podcast is to help those who are called to the ministry define what leadership is and how they can effectively lead others to do great things for the glory of God in the world. As the father of modern missions, William Carey said, “Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.”

Our Bible verse for this episode is Romans 12:8 which says, “Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.”

Our quote for this episode is from Amelia Earhart. She said, “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.”

In this podcast, we are using as our text, Spiritual Leadership: Moving People On To God’s Agenda by Henry and Richard Blackaby.

Our topic today is part 6 of “Chapter 1: The Leader’s Challenge”, where we look at the challenge of technology.

— Leadership: Secular or Spiritual?

In considering spiritual leadership, several key issues must be addressed. First, is there a difference between secular leadership and Christian leadership? Bookstores are capitalizing on the chronic thirst for improved leadership and management. Successful leaders in business, sports, politics, or any other field have written autobiographies detailing their story. The myriad of such volumes testifies to the mass of people eagerly gobbling up their advice hoping to gain from their wisdom or to adopt their methodology. The key issue for Christians is whether the principles that make people successful in sports, business, entertainment, or politics are equally valid when applied to issues within the kingdom of God. The pastor examines the leadership style of a successful football coach and wonders: Could his formula help me effectively lead my church? A church staff witnesses a crowd bursting through the gates at Disney World and speculates, What are they doing that we could mimic to attract people to our church?

A significant question for Christian leaders is: Do theories and practices found in secular writing and seminars equally apply to work done in God’s Kingdom? Many Christian leaders think so. The current generation of Christian leaders has immersed itself in cutting-edge leadership philosophy. Secular leadership pundits are regularly highlighted at Christian leadership conferences, and the broad acceptance of secular approaches by Christian leaders has spilled over to numerous Christian contexts. The shift in the traditional nomenclature from the pastor’s study to the pastor’s office is one consequence. In times past churches focused on the Great Commission. Today’s congregations adopt mission statements. In earlier times churches spoke of building fellowship. Contemporary Christian leaders lead their people through team-building exercises. Churches used to disciple their people in evangelism. Today’s churches apply mass-marketing techniques to penetrate their communities. Pastors are expected to act more like CEOs than shepherds; the pastor’s office is located in the executive suite, next to the boardroom where the leadership team meets. Is this adoption of secular leadership methodology a sorely needed improvement for churches? Or is it woefully missing the mark—to the point of violating biblical principles? Many church leaders claim these innovations have resulted in dramatic growth in their congregations, including an impressive number of converts. Others decry such approaches as blatant theological and biblical compromise.

The trend toward a CEO model of ministry has changed the churches’ evaluations of effective leadership. The pastor’s performance is measured in terms of numbers of people, dollars, and buildings. The more of each, the more successful is the pastor. The godliness of a minister or the fervency of his prayer life may not be sufficient to satisfy a congregation looking to keep up with the church down the street. Likewise, Christian organizations seem willing to overlook significant character flaws, and even moral lapses, as long as their leader continues to produce.

The trend among many Christian leaders has been toward an almost indiscriminate and uncritical acceptance of secular leadership theory without measuring it against the timeless precepts of Scripture. When considering next steps, many church staffs are more likely to query, “Will it work?” than they are to ask, “Is it biblical?” This book will examine contemporary leadership principles in light of scriptural truth. It will become clear that many of the “modern” leadership theories currently being espoused are, in fact, biblical principles God has commanded throughout history. For example, secular leadership gurus are insisting on integrity as an essential characteristic for modern leaders. This should be nothing new for Christians. The Bible has maintained that as a leadership standard for over two millennia.

Paradoxically, concurrent with the churches’ discovery of popular leadership axioms, secular writers have been discovering the timeless truths of Christianity. A partial explanation for this juxtaposition may be that many secular writers on leadership are Christians, or at least religious people. More fundamentally, this shift to Christian principles is because leadership experts are discovering that doing business in a Christian manner, regardless of whether one is a practicing Christian, is good for business. Earlier leadership theories assumed the best CEOs were larger than life, charismatic icons who stood aloof from those they led, barking out orders to be followed unquestioningly. In contrast, today’s leadership experts are writing books that appear almost Christian. Book titles such as Jesus CEO, Management Lessons of Jesus, Servant Leadership, Love and Profit, Leading with Soul, Moral Leadership, and Encouraging the Heart sound like they ought to be shelved in a Christian college, not in the office of a corporate CEO.

The Christian tenor of these books goes beyond their titles. It is common to read in secular leadership books that companies should make covenants with their people, that business leaders should love their people, that managers should be servant leaders, that leaders should show their feelings to their employees, that business leaders must have integrity and tell the truth, and interestingly, that leaders must strive for a higher purpose than merely making a profit. These principles appear to be more in keeping with the Sermon on the Mount than Harvard Business School. Is it not ironic that while secular writers are embracing Christian teachings with the fervency of first-century Christians, Christian leaders are feverishly jettisoning many of those same truths in an effort to become more contemporary?

If the Lord tarries His Coming and we live, we will continue this topic in our next podcast.

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— PRAYER —

Ultimately, if the job is not done, goals are not reached, and the team does not win, then the leader is not doing his job well, because, as Dr. Lee Robinson or John Maxwell said, “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” The simple purpose of this podcast is to help those who are called to the ministry define what leadership is and how they can effectively lead others to do great things for the glory of God in the world. As the father of modern missions, William Carey said, “Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.”

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If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here’s how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

God bless.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.