COPP Class

Leadership Style of Christ

September 15, 2022

Week Three Takeaways


  • “To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder, a witness to Christ’s sufferings and one who will also share in the glory to be revealed: Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers – not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.  And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.  Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older.  All of you, cloth yourselves with humility toward one another, because, God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.  Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.  Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:1-7).

  • See that the “flock of God” is properly fed and cared for, Peter urges (1 Peter 5:2).  Such is a shepherd’s primary responsibility.

  • Peter does not approach his readers from above, as a virtuoso apostle.  Rather, he takes the position of fellow elder, alongside the others, bearing similar burdens.

  • He also writes as a witness to the sufferings of Christ, one whose heart has been humbled by failure, broken and conquered by Calvary’s love.

  • He is a leader who looks across at others but not down.

  • A shepherd’s work requires a shepherd’s heart.

  • First, Peter deals with a leader’s motivation                                                                                                                                                                     

    • The spiritual leader is to approach the work willingly, not by coercion.

    • Nor should leaders serve from a sense of mere duty but because of love.

    • The work of pastoring/leading and helping new believers is to be done “as God wants,” not directed by personal preference or desires.

    • When God calls us, we cannot refuse from a sense of inadequacy.  Nobody is worthy of such trust.

    • When Moses tried that excuse, God became angry.  “Then the Lord’s anger burned against Moses and he said, ‘What about your brother, Aaron the Levite?  I know he can speak well.  He is already on his way to meet you, and he will be glad to see you” (Exodus 4:14).

    • “Let us not pass the buck of leadership because we think ourselves incapable.”

    • The spiritual leader cannot have money in his eyes when service beckons.                                                                                       

  • The greed that Peter warns against may extend beyond money to fame and prestige, which are sometimes a more insidious temptation.

  • The Christian leader must not be dictatorial.  “Not lording it over those entrusted to you” (1 Peter 5:3).

  • A domineering manner, an unbridled ambition, an offensive strut, a tyrant’s talk – no attitude could be less fit for one who claims to be a servant of the Son of God.

  • A leader must be a worthy example for the people.  “But being examples to the flock” (1 Peter 5:3).

  • The flock belongs to God, not us.  Jesus is the chief shepherd; we are assistants and associates working under His authority.

  • If done “as God wants,” then leadership will surely include intercessory prayer.

  • Bishop Azariah of India once remarked to another Bishop that he found time to pray daily, by name, for every leader in his extensive diocese.  Little wonder that during his thirty years of eldering there, the diocese tripled its membership and greatly increased in spiritual effectiveness.

  • The leader must be clothed “with humility” (1 Peter 5:5).

  • Pride ever lurks at the heels of power, but God will not encourage proud men/women in His service.

  • Peter concludes this section of teaching with a mention of heavenly rewards: “When the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will not fade away” (1 Peter 5:4).

  • Our frustrations and worries are shared with God, who offers relief and reprieve.  “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).


The following certified COPP Classes are being offered online.  Classes meet on Thursday from 6:30pm – 8:00pm for 5 weeks periods on Zoom.  Please join us!

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Class Schedule

July 21, 2022 – August 18, 2022

Survey of James (The Book of James/Terrence Chandler-Harrison)


September 1, 2022 – September 29, 2022

God’s Pattern of Leadership (Spiritual Leadership: Principles of Excellence For Every Believer/J. Oswald Sanders)


                             October 13, 2022 – November 10, 2022

Discovering your Spiritual Gifts (What You Do Best in the Body of Christ; Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts/Bugbee, Bruce)


November 15, 2022 and November 17, 2022

*Rethinking Christian Education-Part 1 (Christian Education Handbook/Bruce P. Powers)


January 5, 2023 – February 2, 2023

Theology and History of Christianity (The Story of the Christian Church, by Jesse Lyman Hurlburt)


February 16, 2023 – March 16, 2023

Miracles of Jesus (The Miracles of Our Lord, Charles C Ryrie)


March 30, 2023 – April 27, 2023

The Synoptic Gospels (The Synoptic Gospels, Revised and Expanded/Nickle, Keith)


May 11, 2023 – June 8, 2023

Christian Stewardship (To Be Provided At a Later Date)


June 13, 2023 and June 15, 2023

*Rethinking Christian Education-Part 2 (Christian Education Handbook/Bruce P. Powers)



*Note: COPP Certified Instructors are required to complete this course every 5 years to maintain their certification status.

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