I don’t know about you, but when I think of a leader I want someone I can trust. Yes, they need to inspire and motivate me, manage the institution to which I belong, be adept at team building, but most of all they need to instil a confidence that enables me to trust them. I want to trust that my church leader has a God-given vision and possesses the integrity and humility needed to see it come to pass.
I can trust a leader who is Christ-like. This doesn’t mean pretensions of holiness but a real relationship with Christ that enables the leader to move forward in the call of God, empowered by the Holy Spirit. I’m looking for authenticity—strong but real—even Jesus cried. I can trust someone who prays for God’s agenda rather than their own. This leader is focussed on the vision of extending God’s kingdom while remaining servant hearted, compassionate, but also able to rebuke if needed.
If you are a leader or are aspiring to leadership, I know this sounds challenging, but our course Introduction to Christian Leadership, examines the nature of leadership and vision, can help provide an effective foundation for those interested in this topic.