How to Prepare Leaders of Integrity for Public Influence

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Matthew’s Genealogy Like You’ve Never Heard It Before

In this video performance from The Gospel Coalition’s ‘Songs of Hope’ Advent concert (which premiered Dec. 6, 2020), Poor Bishop Hooper performs their song “Christ”—a beautiful take on the genealogy of Jesus recorded in Matthew’s Gospel (1:1–17). The song is from Poor Bishop Hooper’s Advent project, Firstborn, which includes music, illustrations, videos, and writing—including a 48-page study on the lineage of Jesus. Why is the genealogy in Matthew’s Gospel important? Here’s what Tim Keller said in a 2016 interview with TGC: Matthew’s genealogy of Jesus does a lot of work. First, it roots Jesus in history. The gospel doesn’t begin...

What makes a good leader? Which virtues are most important? How can pastors help prepare leaders of integrity for public influence?

A few years ago, Michael Lindsay conducted a comprehensive study of national leaders—the largest of its kind—to identify commonalities among many of America’s most publicly influential figures. In this video, the president of Gordon College in Massachusetts sits down with Mark Mellinger to explore what he found.

Lindsay, recently embroiled in national controversy for asking President Obama to afford religious institutions freedom in hiring, points to three essential virtues among Christian leaders in particular: deep personal humility; ambitiousness for the kingdom, not for yourself; and a serious commitment to holiness. In a cutthroat workplace environment, holiness is not easy; implementing robust safeguards against sex, money, and power, then, is imperative.

Moreover, Christian leaders should cultivate regular rhythms of rest. “Practicing Sabbath is a weekly reminder that the world doesn’t revolve around you, and it’s a way of bridling your own personal ambitious,” observes Lindsay, author of View from the Top: An Inside Look at How People in Power See and Shape the World (Wiley, 2014). “It requires a lot of discipline but can make a tremendous difference.”

Watch the full 11-minute video to hear Lindsay discuss networking, burnout, the biggest problem in the leadership book genre, and more. When you’re finished, watch Lindsay sit down with two other institutional presidents, Albert Mohler and Philip Ryken, to discuss evidences of a maturing evangelical mind.