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If anyone wants to provide leadership in the church, good! But there are preconditions: A leader must be well-thought-of, committed to his wife, cool and collected, accessible, and hospitable. He must know what he’s talking about, not be overfond of wine, not pushy but gentle, not thin-skinned, not money-hungry. He must handle his own affairs well, attentive to his own children and having their respect. For if someone is unable to handle his own affairs, how can he take care of God’s church? He must not be a new believer, lest the position go to his head and the Devil trip him up. Outsiders must think well of him, or else the Devil will figure out a way to lure him into his trap.

The same goes for those who want to be servants in the church: serious, not deceitful, not too free with the bottle, not in it for what they can get out of it. They must be reverent before the mystery of the faith, not using their position to try to run things. Let them prove themselves first. If they show they can do it, take them on. No exceptions are to be made for women-same qualifications: serious, dependable, not sharp-tongued, not overfond of wine. Servants in the church are to be committed to their spouses, attentive to their own children, and diligent in looking after their own affairs. Those who do this servant work will come to be highly respected, a real credit to this Jesus-faith.  1 Timothy 3:1-13

jesus turned leadership principals on the head when He said that “whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant and whoever wants to be first must be your slave just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:26-28

jesus is the perfect example of leadership in action, the leadership model we should follow

i think when it comes down to it the 3 things we ask of leaders is:

can i trust you?

are you committed to me?

and it may sound strange: but do you care?

leaders esp in the church need to be trustworthy, dedicated and caring.  its not just a job.  not just a position or title. 

its a calling and a positioning by God, empowered by God, for the building of His kingdom and church.

its not about directing people but about shepherding people.

trust.  commitment.  care.

if people perceive that you are trustworthy, that you wont give up on them and that you have genuine affection and concern for them they will then entrust you with their own trust, commitment and caring.  if you walk alongside someone and earn the right to speak into their lives then there can be great victory and breakthrough and accomplishment for both sides.

lets remember the main thing.  we are serving God.  we are serving Jesus.  we represent HIM.  not our agenda or our own kingdom, but HIS KINGDOM and His Kingdom alone. 

If God calls, He will equip and empower.  We can have confidence in His calling and His capability in and to and through us. 

Lets get busy building the church and BEING leaders.

 

The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.  Dwight D. Eisenhower

Leadership is influence.  John C. Maxwell

The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born-that there is a genetic factor to leadership. This myth asserts that people simply either have certain charismatic qualities or not. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born.  Warren G. Bennis

Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.  Warren G. Bennis

Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.  Harry S. Truman

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