LISTEN: The Leader’s Preparation: How God Develops Leaders, Part 4 (Leadership That Gets the Job Done #43 with Daniel Whyte III)


Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

Ultimately, if the job is not done, goals are not reached, and the team does not win, then the leader is not doing his job well, because, as Dr. Lee Robinson or John Maxwell said, “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” The simple purpose of this podcast is to help those who are called to the ministry define what leadership is and how they can effectively lead others to do great things for the glory of God in the world. As the father of modern missions, William Carey said, “Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.”

Our Bible passage for this episode is Luke 9:48 which says, “[Jesus] being the brightness of [God’s] glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.”

Our quote for this episode is from Gary Wills. He said, “The leader is one who mobilizes others toward a goal shared by leaders and followers. Leaders, followers and goals make up the three equally necessary supports for leadership.”

Our topic today is Part 4 of “Chapter 3: The Leader’s Preparation: How God Develops Leaders” from Spiritual Leadership: Moving People On To God’s Agenda by Henry and Richard Blackaby. He continues:

Secular leaders were not the only ones shaped by difficult childhoods. Many religious leaders were profoundly influenced by their dysfunctional homes and turbulent upbringings. J. Frank Norris, the infamous pastor of First Baptist Church, Fort Worth, provides a classic example. Not only was Norris pastor of the Fort Worth congregation from 1909 until 1952; he also simultaneously led Temple Baptist Church in Detroit for fourteen years beginning in 1935. During that time, more than twenty-five thousand people joined his Texas and Michigan churches. Norris was a leading figure among fundamentalists. He published his own widely distributed paper, The Fundamentalist, and was considered a spellbinding preacher. Yet many people wondered why Norris experienced such a stormy ministry. His house and his church both burned down and in both cases Norris was accused of arson. He was constantly embroiled in controversy, haranguing everyone with whom he disagreed. He sued his own congregation. Norris even shot a man to death in his church office. To comprehend Norris’s flamboyant and vindictive leadership style, one must consider his childhood. When Norris was a young boy his father, an alcoholic, beat him mercilessly. Two gang members showed up at the Norris home and began shooting at his father. The young boy charged the two ruffians with a knife. He was shot three times. Norris was raised in poverty and turmoil.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.