Confessional Leadership
  • If you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord", and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved (Rom. 10:9)
  • By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God (1 John 4:2).
  • [Praise] God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing… because of the surpassing grace God has given you. - (2 Corinthians 9:13-14)
  • [Live] peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness…. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. (1 Timothy 2:2, 6:12)

Leaders with a confessional understanding of Christ bring our Lord's teachings about grace and peace into the spheres of authority described in Scripture. The 3 main spheres are summarized at, but Scripture also includes many teachings about business and educational institutions as well as authority structures that encourage arts and proclamation (media/press). These spheres are depicted on the above diagram.

Classic confessions of faith teach much about grace and peace. Confessions include and These confessions organize Scripture to define patterns of behavior for leaders while also describing leadership organizations such as churches, governments, and families.

The confessions describe the covenant of grace and covenant of peace. The covenant of grace is rooted in means of grace, including word, prayer, and sacraments. See, e.g.,

The covenant of peace guides leaders who maintain peace and purity though a commitment to praying Scripture, Biblical peacemaking, and supporting pastors preaching the Word. The confessions also encourage Christ, the church, counseling, and confessional leadership, as explained at


To envision how a focus on grace and peace can help extend God's Kingdom, see the following essay about the Lord's prayer by T.M. Moore: SpheresKingdomManifesto/. (Chuck Colson wrote that T.M. is, "one of the brightest men I've ever known [and he] has profoundly affected my spiritual walk. [He] will help you see and apply the Scriptures in ways you've never imagined.")