The welfare of every country on earth is dramatically impacted by the leadership that governs it. In nations that are known for maintaining continual states of chaos, violent conflict and oppressive poverty, there can usually be found a common denominator: an incompetent, self-seeking or corrupt leadership at its head. On the other hand, countries that thrive tend to be those with governments that truly care for the welfare of their people above personal power or self-gain. Corrupt leadership is at the very root of this global crisis. The turning point for nearly all global decline is securing righteousness at the head of every nation; a righteousness that can only come as a result of an authentic fear of God.
Christ-like leadership begins at the grassroots of society. Leaders are both born and made, and their developmental process will determine the future ethics and morality that will impact the choices they will make. For this reason it is essential that a nation is influenced with Christian values from its grassroots, especially among its future or present clergy. Only then will the Christian churches have effective influence in their communities and nations. The i-61 solution to this dilemma is not a quick fix, but rather one that has a long-range vision and a willingness to begin the process of early leadership development by participating in the development of children and youth. For example, teaching young people to set goals and objectives for their future lives based on biblical truth and helping them to achieve those goals. This is an essential piece of the process if they are to be elevated out of extreme poverty and achieve positions of social influence. Ongoing leadership development programs for all ages are critical in abolishing the practices of immoral and corrupt leadership.
In a similar way, leadership development is equally import at the local church level. The need to train children and young people the skills of leadership should exist at every level in the local church of the developed world as well. Leadership training should and must exist within the local church not only with future foreign missions in mind, but for the sake of our nation as well.