5 Essentials of a Church Leader


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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About Rick Ezell

I am a husband, father, pastor, and writer. This blog is about shaping character, transforming church, and impacting culture. I believe that if one defines their moments then their moments will determine their character and their character will influence their world. I write on personal development, church leadership, and our changing culture. I also write about the resources I am developing and the books I am writing. My goal is to create challenging, relevant, and inspiring content that will help you be a better person, the church be a better parish, and the world a better place. If you are interested in those things, this blog is for you. I have served the church my entire career as a student minister and senior pastor. I studied at Samford University, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Northern Baptist Theological Seminary (eventually I will get it). I have written eight books. My most recent ones are Chapter 13: The Excellence of Love and Soul Therapy: The Healing Words of Psalm 23. Both are available as eBooks. I have written over 1000 articles for various local, regional, and national publications. I have been married to Cindy for thirty-three years. We have one wonderful daughter. We live in Greenville, SC. In my free time, I enjoy writing, reading, running, tennis, and golf. You can contact me via email or follow me on Twitter or Facebook. This is my personal blog. The opinions I express here do not necessarily represent those of my employer. The information I provide is on an as-is basis. I make no representations as to accuracy, completeness, correctness, suitability, or validity of any information on this blog and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its use.
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