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Current Sermon Series: "Good News For All People"
Aug 28th message: "The Sovereignty of God in Salvation"
Read Romans 9:6-18
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Qualifications of Church Leaders
If you are going to be a leader in the church, whether a pastor or a lay leader, what are the qualifications? I would like to mention five important ones. First, leaders must be converted, that is, they must be actual Christians. Believe it or not, it is possible to have leaders in the church, serving on boards and even preaching in pulpits, who have never experienced a genuine conversion to Christ. They are moral and religious, but not converted. This is dangerous, for only converted people know Christ and hear his voice. A non-converted leader may be smart and have resources, but this is not enough. An authentic experience of conversion is a non-negotiable requirement for leadership in God’s church.
Second, leaders must be Christlike. They must be like Christ in their character and behavior. Paul describes these Christlike characteristics in 1 Timothy 3.1-7, which include being faithful to your spouse, self-controlled, hospitable, generous, and kind. Why is this so important? It’s because leaders are not just decision-makers; they are role models. People in the church should look up to them and emulate their lifestyle. Thus, a good leader should be able to say, “Follow me as I follow Christ” (1 Cor 11.1).
Third, leaders need to be committed to the church. I think this commitment involves a few areas. One is a commitment to attend church. Leaders should set a good example before the people in attending church faithfully. There should also be a financial commitment. Any leader that does not give regularly to the church is acting hypocritically. How can a leader make decisions about how to spend other people’s money when they are not giving themselves? A commitment to pray for the church is also important. A good leader prays daily for the church and prays daily for wisdom in leading the church.
Fourth, leaders need to keep things confidential. Often leaders in the church have to discuss matters that are rather sensitive. They must be able to keep these matters to themselves and not talk openly about them outside the boardroom. Rumors and gossip will destroy a church, especially when leaders are right in the middle of it. Being a leader is a heavy burden to bear, for you often know things you don’t really want to know and you have to keep those matters to yourself. However, you are free to talk to the Lord about anything. Prayer is a much better option than gossip.
Last, leaders must be able to handle criticism. All leaders are criticized at one point or another. If leaders are never criticized, then they probably aren’t leading or making changes. No one likes change. Mark Twain once said that the only person who likes change is a wet baby. But leaders have to make changes at times. Now it’s important to make these changes slowly, prayerfully, and with a clear rationale for the change that is explained to the people. But even then, criticism still occurs. A strong leader realizes this and accepts this as par for the course. Does criticism hurt? Of course it does, but godly leaders don’t allow criticism to stop them from doing what is right. In the end, what matters most is pleasing the Lord rather than people. A strong leader realizes this.