Military Leadership2022-09-16T19:26:58-06:00

Military Leadership


There is much taught in the Bible from which we can derive key principles relevant to leadership. In this sense, the Christian officer has a “leg up” on his peers both in the insights gained from his/her study of the Word, from the motivation to apply the principles which the military desires of its leaders, and from the confidence s/he has of God’s work in his/her life.


Scripture references

Study the following biblical references and consider how they address the questions listed below. If using this outline with a Small Group, consider assigning different Scriptures to different individuals and relating them to one or more of the questions below. Then scroll down the page to review our recommended resources for the topic of Military Leadership and consider how the various articles or podcasts provide further insights relating to this topic.

Colossians 3: 17; 23-24; II Timothy 2:3-4; Proverbs 22:29; Matthew 8:5- 10; Matthew 20:25-28; Luke 16:10; Micah 6:8; Genesis 39: 4-10; Psalm 75:6-7; Matthew 10: 28-31; Proverbs 27:2, 21; Proverbs 3:5-6; Isaiah 26:3; Psalm 72:1-4; Proverbs 21:15



  1. Much is said and written about professional excellence for the Christian officer. Why should we do our best in all that we do? What does it communicate if we are sloppy or incompetent in our work?
  2. Obviously the use of authority is a necessary and important requirement of a leader. However, what should be the attitude of Christian officers in exercising their authority?
  3. How important is the character of the leader?
  4. What should be our attitude toward promotion (or lack thereof) and assignments? Toward praise?
  5. How does our faith help to give us confidence in the difficult and often dangerous responsibilities of military leadership?
  6. What should be the atmosphere and outcomes in a unit or section an officer is leading?

Additional Resources

OCF offers many extra resources as you continue digging into the subdomain of Military Leadership.

TTP – Competition

2018-06-26T08:18:41-06:00Categories: |

How does the Christian leader achieve and promote healthy competition while maintaining an atmosphere that fits within the boundaries of "Love thy neighbor as thyself?"

Three Looks

2018-06-25T16:34:33-06:00Categories: , |

As Christian officers desiring to exercise biblical leadership -- faced with constant flux and in the process of growing in our capacity to lead -- how can we best prepare for our next leadership role?

Situational Awareness

2018-06-26T08:18:54-06:00Categories: , |

If you're in your thirties, you are living in a generational, social, and professional gap by no choice of your own. This positioning brings tremendous professional and spiritual challenges; and opportunities.

Perspectives on servant leadership

2018-06-28T16:50:58-06:00Tags: |Categories: |

The term “servant leadership” evokes a varied range of impressions as to what that really means, looks like, and how it plays out in real life. At first glance, the seemingly incongruous servant leadership concept appears especially contrary in business settings or military circles where typically bosses lead, employees serve.

  • Ruins of Masada. Photo by Flickr user LSG05

Passion for Leadership

2018-06-28T16:50:58-06:00Tags: |Categories: , |

The godly leader is indeed a powerful witness for Christ. When we follow Christ's example—and let Him take the reins of our leadership—we will experience a calling that is fulfilling beyond measure, and one in which the results are undeniable.

How do you see others?

2020-12-03T12:59:09-07:00Tags: |Categories: |

Do you see others as the Lord sees them, as diamonds waiting to be set free to achieve their full potential? Steward leadership is taking care of the people who have been “given” to you, developing their full potential, and earning you those wonderful words from the ultimate Steward Leader, “Well done thy good and faithful servant.”

  • West Point Cadets hug at the completion of the 2014 graduation and commissioning ceremony at the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., May 28, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle/Released)

Four lessons in leadership for young warriors

2018-06-25T12:16:10-06:00Categories: , |

When commissioned at an OCF bar-pinning ceremony twenty years ago, I was ready to take on the world, but acutely aware I knew little about leadership and military service! Through mistakes and the Lord’s patient refinement, I learned that the Bible is the greatest leadership manual ever written, but we must apply its timeless truths to the circumstances of our lives.

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