Five Stones of Leadership
July 21, 2014 Vicki Ohlerking

Five Stones of Leadership

July 21 2014

Recently, we posted from Jimmy Rollins’ message on Four Giants that Crush the Effectiveness of Leaders: Injustice, Insecurity, Indecision, and Intimidation. The good news is that these giants can be overcome with five stones. Check out the second part of the message from Pastor Jimmy.

In 1 Samuel 17:40-41 we read that David took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Goliath. Then it says, “Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David.”

The big question is, “Since it only took one stone for David to kill the giant, why did he have to go through the process of choosing five?” I believe the choosing of five stones was less about which stone was the right stone, and more about the process of strengthening David. For a leader to be fully effective, he must be fully processed. God doesn’t want us to let our talents take us where our character cannot sustain us.

David picked up five stones as part of the process he went through to be prepared. When he was slinging the stone at the giant, he wasn’t just slinging one stone; David was slinging David at Goliath. All of his preparation, all of his trust in God, all that he knew was in that sling.

That process of choosing five stones has a lot to teach us, I believe.


Obedience is forged in the fires of serving. You cannot truly lead until you can serve. And it’s when you think you’re ready to lead that God will require more serving from you. You never quit serving others. True obedience means serving until becomes part of you. And when it is part of you, you’ll never quit doing it.


Worship reminds us that God is bigger than we are, and that He is bigger than our giants. We find strength when we worship in God’s presence. It is where we charge up. It is where we prepare for war.

I believe that every leader needs to be a worship leader. Every worship service you’re in you should be leading the way in worshipping. I know this to be true: when the presence of God is your pursuit, people will follow you.


When you’ve got prayer in its proper place in your life, I believe it is nearly impossible to feel indecisive, insecure, or intimidated. Don’t ever use prayer as an excuse to not make decisions. Let it be the reason you do make decisions.

When you pray, you relinquish power by asking God for help. But when you pray, God releases power by answering!

So, don’t delegate prayer to someone else. Make an appointment with God, and keep it! We make appointments with everyone else; why not make room in our schedules to pray? Prayer changes things.


Humility is complete and absolute dependence on God. It is not our skills and abilities that God is looking for. Rather He is looking for a broken and contrite heart. If you’re willing to be broken on the inside, God will do great things through you on the outside.

1 Peter 5:5 tells us that God actually opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble. I need grace! And I certainly don’t want God to oppose me! We don’t need to think less of ourselves as much as we just need to think of ourselves less.

Can God trust you not to take the credit? When you release the credit, God will release His glory.


David ran toward Goliath! Boldness has that unique ability to catch your giants off guard. It gives you that first jump ahead when you can just be so crazy as to actually realize that it’s not your reputation on the line, but God’s.

For me, the key to boldness is to remember what God has done for me in the past. When I look over God’s resumé in my life, I’m reminded that He has never let me down. He has always had my back and seen me through even the most challenging times.

If we are going to believe that God can do the impossible, how about we start living and planning like it is possible?

So, let God take you through the process and get these five stones in your life: Obedience, Worship, Prayer, Humility, and Boldness. And let’s go take down those giants!