Several men are found throughout the New Testament that are named John. Each served a specific purpose.
However, one particular John draws our attention regarding leadership: the author of the gospel, three letters, and the Revelation. For the sake of space, we will identify him as the apostle John.
What do we learn from John’s leadership?
Love: John is commonly known as the apostle of love. His writings emphasize love, both a brotherly love and the self-sacrificing love of God. John’s love for the church is clearly noted in his letters.
Bold: John’s writings demonstrate the true nature of love as he speaks boldly about the honesty needed in view of one’s relationship with God and others. To claim we know God and not keep His commandments makes us a liar (1 Jn. 2:4). To say we love God and hate our brother makes us a liar (1 Jn. 4:20).
John’s approach is not unloving, but rather the opposite. He loved his brethren enough to help them see the need for a right relationship with God and one another.
Our leadership should exemplify the same.