Currently, I am preaching through a series of messages about leadership in the church. In the last message, I taught on the qualifications necessary for someone to serve as an elder in the church by summing it up to three characteristics: mature, loving, and discerning (my teaching notes are below). Whether you lead or not, I hope the message will encourage you.
- The quality of leadership is always determined by the character of the leaders who offer it.
- Leadership is a constant exercise of killing your ego.
- Only the gospel can change our character.
- 3 characteristics of elders:
Mature = transformed by the gospel
- Witness to Christ’s sufferings
- Participant in the glory to be revealed
A) Prioritize the work of the gospel above the good works of people
- Guardians of doctrinal faithfulness
- We want to lead the church & our community to know Christ; not our cool programming.
B) Being an example to the flock
- Constant spiritual growth is required for those who hope to lead the rest of us into God’s mission.
- Signs of spiritual growth: Relational, Personal walk with Christ, Kindness
- When based in gospel transformation, leadership empowers everyone.
Loving = engaged in strong relationships
- Shepherd the flock = Leading through love
- When leadership is God’s will than it must be done freely and not by compulsion.
- “Among the people”
- Leadership without love is a dictatorship.
- Love without leadership is chaos.
- Our goal is to: Empowering others to serve
- Leadership combined with strong relationships produces empowered people ready to engage gospel transformation.
Discerning = seeing and leading the mission
- View everything in light of eternity
- Aware of accountability
- Church life run amuck :: brooms
- See around corners
- Viewing leadership in light of eternity focuses us on the need to live out the effects of the gospel.
- Why? Because it is the only thing that transforms us personally, connects us as a church, and can give boundaries to our mission.
We must all apply these three principles to our lives. Mature – Loving – Discerning