In the Bible we see, over and over, that before God moved mightily, He always raised a man as a leader. No doubt that His hand was powerful and that God himself did all the heavy lifting and miraculous, nevertheless, from Noah on down, He moved through leaders. I want to introduce you to, what I considered, the five most powerful characteristics of a leader.
A leader invests in his followers.
And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. Matthew 4:19 (KJV)
It is not about having people follow; it is about us investing in them. We should be passionately teaching our disciples and getting them ready to be effective leaders. A Godly leader can’t be arrogant or jealous; the key is that they invest in their people, that is why Jesus later stated in John 14:12,
12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. (KJV)
A leader understands that he/she is not a god. A leader is a servant who understands that there is nobody better than another. Humility ought to be evident in the life of a leader. Jesus washed His disciples feet. He then made the following statement,
Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. John 13:16 (KJV)
A leader is always pointing at Christ not at himself. After Jesus, the Samaritan woman is one of my greatest inspirations. She became an instant evangelist after her encounter with Christ. Then the people of Samaria that she won for Christ said in John 4:40-42,
40 So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days.
41 And many more believed because of his own word;
42 And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world. (KJV)
A leader leaves somebody in place when He is gone. Example, Moses to Joshua, Elijah to Elisha, David to Solomon, Jesus to the Disciples and others. I don’t think that people holding the same positions of leadership for years and years is Biblical; especially when they die and nobody has an idea of who will be in charge next. If leadership falls apart after the leader dies and move on to do other things, it may be an indicator of bad leadership to start with.
A leader is confident in the validation he or she has in God. A leader knows who he/she is in God. Jesus washed the disciples feet with no problem because,
3 Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God;
4 He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.
5 After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded. John 13:3-5 (NKJ)
One of the greatest problems we have in church leadership is an insecure pastor who is afraid that someone in the congregation will take his place. These kinds of leaders keep people bound. But a secure leader is not intimidated because they know who they are in Christ.