In February, I will be teaching a class on the book of Joshua and the leadership principles in the book. As part of my study, I began by asking the question, “How did God prepare Joshua for the task of leading Israel?” It became evident that God used a series of graduated assignments and responsibilities to get him ready for the task. These principles can be used to help us train and mentor emerging leaders. Here is a chart that summarizes my observations.
Where do the events occur?
What was happening in this event?
What was Joshua’s role in this event?
What did God want Joshua to learn?
|Exodus 17:8-16||Rephidim||Battle with Amalek.
Joshua fights while Moses prays.
|Soldier||Work as though it all depends on you. Pray as though it all depends on God.|
|Exodus 24:9-18||Mt. Sinai||Joshua waits on Mt. Sinai while Moses meets with God.||Servant of Moses||Leaders require an enlarged vision of who God is.|
|Exodus 33:7-11||Tabernacle||Joshua is in the tent of meeting while Moses meets with God.||Servant of Moses||Spiritual leadership demands time alone with God.|
|Numbers 11:24-29||Within the camp||Elders appointed to help Moses. Joshua is jealous for Moses’ status.||Servant of Moses||Allow others to share in the ministry.|
|Numbers 13:1‑14:45||Canaan||12 men sent to spy out the land. Only Joshua & Caleb are willing to trust God for success.||Spy||Leaders need to stand for truth, even if it means standing alone.|
|Numbers 27:12-23||Before the congregation||Commissioned to take Moses’ place.||Successor to Moses||Leadership is ultimately a work of the Holy Spirit.|
|Deuteronomy 34:1‑12||Mt. Nebo
Camp of Israel
|Death of Moses||Successor to Moses||No one is indispensable in God’s plan.|