Characteristics of Godly Leadership
Leadership in business, politics, and public service doesn’t automatically qualify you for leadership in church. J Oswald Sanders says, ‘The overriding need of the church is for a leadership that’s authoritative, spiritual, and sacrificial.’
Let’s look at each of those qualities:
1) Authoritative leadership. People respect leaders who are certain about where they’re going, and inspire confidence in those who choose to follow them. Tentative leaders don’t motivate others to get on board and stay on board. Uncertainty confuses and disheartens followers. People follow, almost without question, someone who’s wise, strong, and faithful to what he or she believes.
2) Spiritual leadership. We’re attracted to leaders who are gifted and charismatic. But these natural characteristics alone aren’t enough. Followers can be captivated by human traits—often to their own cost. Don’t settle for being a popular ‘Pied Piper’. Godly leaders are committed to connecting their followers with Jesus, not with themselves! Do your people know, love, and serve God more because of your leadership? If so, you’re a godly leader.
3) Sacrificial leadership. Would you still lead if, like Paul, you were betrayed, falsely accused, beaten, half-drowned, starved, stoned and left for dead? Godly leaders lead when it’s uncomfortable, inconvenient, unrewarding, and costly. They’re dedicated to the sheep they’re responsible for, and the ‘Chief Shepherd’ they’re responsible to! They recognize that Jesus drafted and modelled the prototype of godly leadership at the cost of His own life: ‘To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps’ (1 Peter 2:21 NIV).
‘…If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously…’ Romans 12:8 NLT
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
Isaiah 48:16; 49:6, 16; 50:4-5, 7; 60:1
I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you in the way you should go. Oh that you had paid attention to my commandments!
I will make you as a light for the nations that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth! Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands! The Lord God has given me the tongue of those who are taught, that I may know how to sustain with a word him who is weary. Morning by morning he awakens me; he awakens my ear to hear as those who are taught! The Lord God helps me! Therefore I have set my face like a flint, & I know that I shall not be put to shame. Arise, shine, for your light has come, & the glory of the Lord has risen upon you!
Seek God today & you will be amazed! Never delay!