Posted by: everynation | February 5, 2010

Leadership Lessons from Abraham

by Steve Murrell

Abraham is one of the greatest leaders ever, and one my all-time favorite Bible characters. Here are seven simple leadership lessons from his adventure:

1.   Great leaders are CALLED (Gen 12:1). They don’t just make it up as they go; they hear from God and obey. They don’t do whatever they want to do; they do what God calls them to do. They don’t live to please the crowd; they live to please God.

2.   Great leaders are WORSHIPPERS (Gen 12:7,8). Just as Abraham was constantly setting up altars and crying out to God, great leaders don’t even attempt to lead without God’s presence.

3.   Great leaders are NOT PERFECT (Gen 12:13, Gen 20:2). Abraham lied about his wife, twice! But God still used him. And, He will probably still use us, in spite of our mistakes.

4.   Great leaders are LOYAL (Gen 14:12-17). Abraham risked his life rescuing Lot from his selfish decisions. What are friends for?

5.   Great leaders are GENEROUS (Gen 14:20). Abraham tithed. Do you tithe? Do the members of your leadership team tithe?

6.   Great leaders are TEMPORARY and they know it. That’s why Abraham was always thinking about the next generation. (Gen 17:7-9, 18:19)

7.   Great leaders are TESTED (Gen 22). God always tests, before he invests.

Steve Murrell is a missionary, pastor, and the author of “The Reluctant Leader” and “The Accidental Missionary.”


  1. That is GREAT Ps. Steve. Now I want change my sermon and preach about Abraham this Sunday!

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