Monday, November 3, 2014
Qualities of an Effective Christian Leader
1 Leaders should be enthusiastic
Colossians 3:23 (New International Version)
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, People are more willing to be enthusiastic with a leader that is the same. So go about your work with passion and your workers will follow your lead.
2. Leaders should be stable, firm and dependable
Their people see them as decision makers and as people who are not blown around by every new idea they hear or by every conflict that comes their way. Leaders that are constantly changing or compromising are difficult to trust and follow.
3. Leaders need to be good listeners
Leaders should listen to God and to others in the same way they expect God to listen to them. One of the most important aspects of effective ministry is listening. Listening is vital to communication and takes up a large percentage of it.
4. Leaders should have thankful hearts
Leaders should have thankful hearts and a constant attitude of praise, because they know that God always meets their needs and never lets them down.
Colossians 4:2 (New International Version)
2Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (New International Version) 16Be joyful always; 17pray continually; 18give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
5. Leaders should appreciate God for who He is.
God has done so much for all of us, as Christians and He does not want to be taken for granted, especially by His leaders who, after all, should know better. All the glory for any success in ministry belongs t God and maintaining an appreciative heart toward God enables this.
1 Corinthians 10:31 (New International Version)
31So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
6. Leaders must be secure in God
Leaders must be secure enough in themselves and in their ministry to cope with rejection. God uses rejection, at times to teach us about ourselves and to encourage us to be more dependent on Him.
7. Leaders need to be skillful in what they do.
If they are lacking in any area they need to get help or ask God to provide for them. God wants our service to Him to be an act of worship and. Therefore everything we do should be done excellently.
8. Leaders need to be forgiving people
They must not harbour grudges or hurts. It does not matter how wrong anybody is in their attitude towards us, and how right we are- we still need to forgive them.
Matthew 6:14-15 (New International Version)
14For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
Mark 11:25-26 (New International Version)
25And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.
Luke 6:37-38 (New International Version)
37"Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."
Ephesians 4:31-32 (New International Version)
31Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Leaders need to forgive themselves also. A leader wallowing in self pity is no good to anyone.
9. Leaders need to be peace makers.
James 3:17-18 (New International Version)
17But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.
Matthew 5:9 (New International Version) 9Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.
10. Leaders need to be content with what they have 1 Timothy 6:6-10 (New International Version)
6But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. 10For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
10. Leaders need to be gracious
Luke 6:35-36 (New International Version)
35But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
11. Leaders need to be bold, strong and courageous
Joshua 1:6-9 (New International Version)
6 "Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them. 7 Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."
Without strong leaders to go ahead, especially in today's high pressure, ungoldly world, the people of God will be scattered, made infective and even be destroyed. Leaders will reap a harvest, fi they do not give up
Galatians 6:9 (New International Version) 9Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
35So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. 36You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. 37For in just a very little while,
"He who is coming will come and will not delay. 38But my righteous onewill live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him." 39But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.
Leaders must also realize that God is the source of their strength.
Psalm 138:3 (New International Version) 3 When I called, you answered me; you made me bold and stouthearted.
Psalm 71:16 (New International Version) 16 I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, O Sovereign LORD; I will proclaim your righteousness, yours alone.
Leaders therefore need to depend on God rather then their own strengths. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (New International Version)
16Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (New International Version) 9But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. 10That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 13:4 (New International Version) 4For to be sure, he was crucified in weakness, yet he lives by God's power. Likewise, we are weak in him, yet by God's power we will live with him to serve you.
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