A church leader shares many common traits with a leader in any other organization, but there are some traits unique to the church leader. Here are five.
Defend the unity of the church.
Unity is the visible participation of communication the gospel. It is one of the most essential ingredients of a healthy church. Church leaders are called to protect the unity of the church at all costs.
Be an example to the body.
A church leader has not gained perfection, or is a biblical scholar, or has greater wisdom, or prays more passionately. The church leader is not an expert; but an example. One of the greatest opportunities for church leadership is through exemplary service—leadership by example. A church leader no longer has a choice as to whether to set an example; the only decision concerns the kind of example he or she will be.
Advance the mission and vision of the church.
“Where there is no vision, the people perish,” states the proverb. The opposite is also true, “Where there is a vision, the people will flourish.” A church leader would dare us leave yesterday and embrace tomorrow.
Care for the body.
A church leader does not just administer the church’s polity; they also minister to the church’s body.
Nurture personal spiritual health.
Growing churches require growing leaders. The moment a church leader stops growing, they stop leading. A church leader fosters the discipline and responsibility to care for their spiritual vitality.
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