Military Leadership2019-09-30T13:03:53-06:00

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?

Recommended Resources

The following resources are meant to get you started in the subdomain of Military Leadership.

Transformational Leadership | Episode 018

There is no greater example of a transformational leader than our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. In this episode, LTC Gil Jacobs, PhD, USA (Ret.), walks us through six ways to be a transformational leader like Jesus.

Professional Excellence

The Christian officer should strive to be the very best professional officer possible within his abilities, and he or she should do this in accord with Christian faith and conduct.

Navigating the Storms of Life | Episode 002

Sometimes the storms of life can be metaphorical, such as a difficult deployment, move, or career transition. However, there are those times when the storms of life refer to literal storms. Such was the case for our guest today, LT James Rader, USCG, as he took part in search-and-rescue efforts during Hurricane Harvey this past August.

Leader, do you have the right tool for the job? Episode 32

In this episode, we chat with Commander Brian Haggerty, USN, and he’s going to talk about biblical leadership using the analogy of tools you might find in a toolbox. These tools are based on an article Commander Haggerty wrote for Command magazine a few years ago.

How ya doing? Do you really care?

Who will you meet today in an unexpected encounter, whether in a combat area, passageway, flight line, or on drills and maneuvers? And what will you say—and hear? In your command, how will you show Christ in your servant leadership?

Courageous Command: Beyond Battlefield Boldness

Only by trusting God and His plan for our lives can we lead courageously in our duty as both officers and Christians. It’s time to build a strategy that calculates the risks of leadership minefields and faces them with a moral courage that matches the bravery of those we lead on the battlefield.

Communicating hope beyond suffering

Authentic leadership deals with life's real issues of pain, trauma and suffering while pointing beyond to a life in Christ. As Paul reminds us, our present trials are but a means to an end; particularly for the Christian leader, hope is the final reality of life.

Additional Resources

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

TTP – Competition

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

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

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

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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

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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.

Leader, be a clove

Also essential for Christian leaders are the daily development of subordinates; team building for unit cohesion and performance; setting of standards of respect and performance; and seasoning the unit culture with the aroma of Christ.

How do you see others?

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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

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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