When it comes to Biblical leadership, or how to qualify church leadership, books like Nehemiah or 1 Timothy might come to mind. Lessons on Christian leadership can also be found in the book of 1 Samuel, following the story of David. This series will examine the early life of David where we can find many examples of what makes a leader great, how to inspire our followers, and handle difficult situations. If you are already in a leadership position or are hoping on being in one sometime in your life, you may find some great strategies that David used in leading a group of people. You will also learn some things to avoid as a leader and how to handle situations that leaders are commonly forced to guide followers through.
IN THIS COURSE:
Getting the Job (introduction + session 1) | 43 min
When Samuel comes to Jesse to find the next king, David was not expecting the promotion. Where do you start when you’ve never been a leader before?
Carry a Song in Your Heart (session 2) | 31 min
Depression affects Christians and non-Christians alike, no matter their station in life. One skill that David is remembered for in scripture is his ability to play music and sing. He was often summoned by a troubled King Saul to play the lyre and wrote many of the Psalms to be sung. These songs and music were often played during times of great distress. There are even scientific studies looking at how singing can combat symptoms of depression. Listen in to find out how you can use singing as tool in your own life and lead with a song in your heart.
Attaining Success Despite Intimidation (session 3) | 35 min
Have you ever given up before you even tried? Intimidation is a tough enemy to crack and can make some relationships difficult to navigate. David had a lot of reasons to be intimidated after being anointed by Samuel. Yet when he sees Israel confronted by a giant, he does something different. How can you become a leader that tears down the giants for your team?
How to Handle Victory (session 4) | 37 min
Everyone likes winning, especially when you work hard for it or feel like you deserve it. But much like winning the lottery, victory is often followed by darker companions. After a great victory against Goliath, David suddenly found himself at the end of Saul’s spear. As leaders it’s important we know how to handle victories even when things turn sour shortly after. David’s story provides a lot of insight on how to do this well while keeping the most important thing in focus: our relationship with God.
Success Often Breeds Trouble (Burnout and Depression in Leaders) (session 5) | 32 min
Trouble is brewing! Burnout, depression, and anxiety are not uncommon between victories. It is tempting to run away and hide but that can lead us into darker places. In this lesson we will be looking at one of the “not to do” examples from David’s early life and how to deal with these periods of great mental, spiritual, and/or physical depression after a great success.
How to be or find a Rich Friend! (why leaders should not do it alone) (session 6) | 23 min
“If you have one person in this world you can call a close friend, you are rich.”James Lane
Do you feel “lonely at the top”? Or perhaps you know a friend who is “lonely at the top.” An overlooked piece of leadership is relationships, especially that with friends and/or family. Leaders need people in a similar way that people need leaders. If you are a leader, who are your close friends supporting, counseling, and encouraging you in your leadership role? If you are friends with a leader, how are you supporting, advising, and encouraging your leader? This lesson is all about the power of friendship in leadership and will help you discern what kind of person you need to find or maybe you need to be.
I’ve been mistreated! Do I have the right to revenge? / Being the Victim (session 7) | 28 min
There are two constants in this fallen, sinful, and depraved world when it comes to leadership: you will be mistreated by leaders, and you will mistreat others. The question is, what do you do about it? When opportunities for revenge arise, it is tempting to seek personal justice and humiliate those who offended us. However wise, dependable, and godly leaders and their teams are not forged in the pits of revenge. They are forged through the fire of holiness and holy living. David had several opportunities for revenge on King Saul. This becomes a defining moment for his followers and a teaching moment for us on how to act when the temptation for revenge arises.
How to React to Problems (session 8) | 37 min
Today’s lesson isn’t so much about David as it is about a smart woman who intervenes between two hot headed men. As a continuation of our previous lesson on revenge, this lesson is a broader view of how to react to problems when they arise. Letting our emotions guide our response can easily lead to more problems and rash decision making. So, what method do we use to stay level-headed? It involves patience, time, and steady calmness when you want to absolutely freak out inside.
Leading through Disasters! (session 9 + conclusion) | 35 min
What happens when you wake up in the middle of a dumpster fire (often of our own making)? There’s infighting, depression, and stress among your team. You have no confidence in yourself as a leader and feel cold or dead inside. You may also realize that you are in spiritual decay and feel far from God. The good news is that this does not have to be the end. David found himself in a similar situation, down in the spiritual pit, far form the presence of God. This lesson will explain the tools you need to get out of the dumpster fire and back on the path to success with your leadership and your followers.