Qualifications for Christian Leaders.
Leadership Principle 1.
A leader should be living an exemplary life that is obvious to both Christians and non-Christians. For this to happen a related spiritual principle must follow; that is a leader must be above reproach. According to I Timothy 3:7; “He must also have good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.” In addition ; “keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander” I Peter. 3:16. Therefore Christian leaders must demonstrate honesty, and integrity in their relationship with Christians and non-Christians alike.
THE MAKING OF TOMORROW’S LEADER
Simply defined, Leadership is an art of getting things done through people. It is combining IDEAS, people, things, time and faith to achieve predetermined objectives.
This definition implies that leadership can be learned and perfected if one wants. Somebody said: Leadership is not an inherited quality but a learned behavior.
Bill Weber says, “Everybody is a leader, but everybody is not a good leader. Everybody is leading by their influence, attitude and actions. But some people are more effective than others. The quality of leadership has a great influence on people and goals”.
GOD TRAINS HIS PEOPLE
God Calls, Trains, Anoints, and Commissions
The Calling – God has a specific assignment for you!
The Training – Preparation that equips you for the assignment
The Anointing – The empowerment to fulfill the assignment you are equipped to do
The Commission – Actual engagement in your assigned field
1. Moses: (Acts 7:20-35)
80 years before active ministry
40 years in Pharaoh’s Palace
40 years in the land of median
2. David: (1Samuel 16:12-23, 17:33-37)
Years in the wilderness for music and worship
Years of tending sheep in the desert
3. Jesus: (Luke 2:41-52, 3:21-23, Luke 4: 1-32)
Period of preparation in obscurity: Jesus began his ministry at age of 30 years (Hebrews 5:1-9; 2:16-18)
Some Reasons for Training (2Chronicles 27:6)
Effective leadership requires three major ingredients (qualities or pillars) Psalm 78:72
1. Character: Holiness, Faithfulness, Honesty, Courage, Integrity etc.
2. Relationships: Love, Forgiveness, Tolerance, Gentleness etc.
3. Ability: Know How, Strategy, Intelligence, Creativity
Training brings us to the standard of behavior, knowledge, and etc., which lead to efficiency.
Exodus 18: 18 – 21
Select – verse 21
Train – verse 20
Delegate – verse 19
How do you Train Them? Exo.18 verse 20
1. Teach them
2. Show them
3. Direct them
GOD’S TRAINING METHODS
1. Through the Word of God
2 Timothy 3: 14-17, 2: 15
a. Bible School (2Kings 6: 1-
b. Church Training Courses: – Seminars, Conferences etc. (Acts 2: 42; 11: 25-26)
c. Personal intensive studies (Galatians 1:16-2: 2, 2 Timothy 4: 13-16)
2. Through Mentoring (His Choice Servants)
Most effective Proverbs 13: 20
Moses – Joshua Numbers 27: 5-23, Joshua 1: 2
Elijah – Elisha 1 Kings 19: 16, 2kings 2:1- 12
Paul – Timothy Acts 16: 1-3
Jesus – Apostles Luke 6: 12-16, Acts 4: 13
a. Jesus chose and trained twelve disciples to help Him fulfill His ministry and to develop their own ministries as well.
b. He trained them through instructions and experience (modeling) Acts 1: 1
The disciples happily served Him (Jesus) personally without complaining
• They got Him His food John 4: 31-34
• They sailed Jesus in a boat Mark 4: 35-41
• They prepared a place for Passover Luke 22: 7-13
• They got and prepared a colt for Jesus to ride Mark 11: 1-
3. Learning Through Practice / Service
Ecclesiastes 9: 10 – Assuming Responsibility
1. Learning through Serving, Mistakes, Discipline, Practical Ministry, Trials Etc.
The disciples helped Him to serve others: Caring for the people
• They fed the 5000 and the 4000 John 6: 1-13
• They clothed the demoniac Mark 5: 14-15
2. He involved them in Ministry
• Going out to evangelize Matt.10: 1-, Luke 9-10
REQUIREMENTS FOR CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP.
God requires certain basic qualities from people who want to be Leaders. EXO 18:21-23 ACTS 6:2-3, 1TIM 3:1
BASIC REQUIREMENTS OF THOSE WANTING TO BE LEADERS: CHRISITIAN LEADERS
SUCH PEOPLE MUST HAVE:
1. A Good / Healthy Spiritual Life (1Tim 3:7 Acts 16:1-3)
2. A Learning Spirit (Matt 5:48, 2Tim 3:14-17 Matt 4:19, Matt 5:3 Matt 11:29, Isa.66: 2
3. A Team Spirit: LEADERSHIP is working with people to achieve objectives (1Cor 12:18)
a. Relate Well with his SUPERVISOR or HEAD (Rom. 13:1-)
b. Relate Well with His Co-workers or Functional lenders (1Cor 10:12-18)
c. Relate Well with his Subordinates/those under him (1Pet5: 1-5 I The2: 1-12)
4. A Great Spirit of Enthusiasm (Romans 12:11, 1Timothy 4:14, 2Timothy 1:6)
JESUS – (Psalm 69:9, John 2:17, Isa 9:7), PAUL – (Phi 3:6, Acts 22:3, Gal 1:14
5. A Sense of Purpose: Leadership begins when a vision is born (Pro. 29:18, Hab. 2:2-4,
• The Spirit of Creativity – Knowing what is to be done.
• Ability to take Initiative – A self-starter. One who gets himself going
6. A Spirit of Determination: The Faith that propels you to move to goals. ot be achieved. Dan 1:8; 3:16-18
• Be a Positive person
• Patience and Perseverance Heb.10:35
7. Commitment to Financial Obligations
HINDRANCES TO LEADERSHIP DRIVE
The major reason for leadership is to “get things done.” So leadership is not fulfilling its basic function where people are idle or doing nothing or little.
1. Good leadership ensures that what needs to be done, is done through the people.
2. Good leadership is objective oriented and good objectives is people oriented
Some Physical and Spiritual Forces that may oppose our leadership drive
1. Ignorance (Eccl.10: 15, Hos.4: 6)
The sense of competence: is an important quality of leadership. People will follow a leader who knows his purpose and has a definite plan (knowing the way to achieve the purpose).
2. Sin: Sin is any lack to the conformity to the will of God either in attitude speech or deed (1 Samuel 15: 22-16: 1, Acts 1: 15- 20)
God hates sin and punishes every sin. Proverbs 15: 8- 9
Three Major sins of Leaders
a. Love of money 1 Timothy 6: 3- 17 Gold (Wealth) lust of the eye
b. Inordinate desire for sex. 2 Timothy 2: 22 Girls (Women) lust of … flesh
c. The love of power (prominence) 1Timothy 3:6 Glory (Wisdom) Pride of life
3. Human Indolence – Laziness and Lukewarm attitude (Jeremiah 48:10 Amos 6: 1)
Leadership is not only doing things through people but with people. A leader must therefore be an example in all things.
Moses – Exodus 3: 1- 2
Gideon – Judges 6: 11- 12
David – 1 Samuel 16: 11- 13
Jesus – John 5: 17, 9: 1-5
Paul – 1Cor.15: 9-10, 11: 23
4. Unbelief: (Hebrews 11: 6)
Everything in the Kingdom is faith Hab.2: 2-4, Rom.1: 17, 2Cor.5: 7
1Timothy 4: 12 – Be an example in Faith
a. It is said that the way to Macedonia passes through prison. Acts 16
b. The journey to the promise land must cross the red sea and Jordan.
2 Timothy 1; 7; Joshua 1: 3- 9
Moses made it through Faith Exodus 14: etc.
5. Various forms of Psychological, spiritual, and physical confrontation or problems.
Negative self-image, self-rejection, self-hatred
• Fear of rejection
• Timidity or shyness
• Bitterness unforgiveness