The Model of a Great Leader

C3 2018 General Session

Johnny Hunt

Instead, we were like young children among you. Just as a nursing mother cares for her children, so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well. Surely you remember, brothers and sisters, our toil and hardship; we worked night and day in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you. 1 Thessalonians 2:7-9

You don’t have to be rich to be generous. You just have to be generous.

What does a biblical leader look like?

85% of those who come to Jesus do so because of a personal invitation.

Paul raised the level of what a leader is by using the model of a mother.

Leadership is the combination of character and activity.

It’s not the truth you know. It’s the truth you do.

You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed. 1 Thessalonians 2:10

Character qualities of Paul: Veracity, humility, accountability

The Character of Jesus: In Matthew 11, Jesus said he was humble.

My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you, Galatians 4:19

Great work takes longevity.


Even if you had ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel. 16 Therefore I urge you to imitate me. 1 Corinthians 4:15-16

Paul also uses a Father as a picture of leadership.

Paul uses the picture of a mother to picture leadership.

Gentleness is a fruit of the spirit.

A Christian never has luxury of being unkind.

A good mother’s is a model of acceptance respect compassion, tolerance, tenderness, loyalty

No one loves Your Family more than you do.

We get to see what God desires in people’s lives.

A Deep Love

You can’t lead people you don’t love!
Don’t “tee up” people you love.
You can’t lead people you don’t believe in.
1 Thessalonians 2:8 is the only place “fond affection” is used in the Bible.
In most families, Mom holds the family together.
Ancient inscriptions on tombs of babies in the first century used the word Fond affection

A Deep Longing

Mom’s calling was the highest in their heart

May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. 1 Thessalonians 3:12

Leaders give their lives for their people and the vision!

Cole Phillips

I'm a Connector, linking people with God and with others to experience the kind of life God has planned for them. I am the founding and Lead Pastor of THE CONNECTION CHURCH in Buda, Texas. I previously served in churches around the state as youth pastor and as pastor before moving to Kyle in the Spring of 2004. I love to lead people to connect with God and those around them and thrive on changed lives. I earned a doctorate in missions and evangelism with an emphasis on church growth. My heart beats for helping people connect with God and connect with others in an authentic community of faith. I love listening to and making music. I also enjoy hanging out with my family. Pam and I have been married since 1991 and we have two daughters, Makenzie and Bethanie. We are planting our lives in Hays County and allowing God to build a great church through us.