How can I be a Godly Leader?
“There have been meetings of only a moment which have left impressions for life … for eternity. No one can understand that mysterious thing we call ‘influence’ … yet everyone of us continually exerts influence, either to heal, to bless, to leave marks of beauty, or to wound, to hurt, to poison, to stain the lives of others.” – J.B. Miller
Leadership is a massive part of church, from archbishops, to pastors, to youth workers, we all have leadership roles in certain contexts. We can be leaders in all areas, whether as a practical leader, sorting admin or leading people, in a wide variety of ways. Therefore making sure our leadership is Godly is very important.
This column is not a guide to being a perfect leader but just suggest some qualities we all look for in a leader, whether that be a house group leader, youth worker, pastor or any other form of leadership whether big or small.
1st – A Servant Heart
“When they arrived, he said to them: “You know how I lived the whole time I was with you, from the first day I came into the province of Asia. I served the Lord with great humility and with tears and in the midst of severe testing by the plots of my Jewish opponents.” – Acts 20 v 18-19
Paul says that you must lead by serving, Jesus is referred to as a servant and he is the ultimate example of leadership for us. Leading with great humility and knowing that not everything is going to be easy as we serve others is very important for leaders to know.
2nd – A Great Humility
Being humble can be a challenge but is a great trait for any leader. To be humble, putting Gods will above anything of your yourself, it’s challenging but rewarding for a leader and they people they leader will benefit through a leader humble nature.
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves” – Philip 2 v 3
3rd – A Genuine Love
Paul cries at things that are going on in his ministry, does this mean he is just emotional? I think Paul knows he has to be honest and truthful with himself and others. Therefore he has real emotions, he is joyful with great news and cries in the painful times. He has a genuine love and care for others that is vital for a leader to build and maintain real and meaningful relationships.
4th – A Steadfastness in Trails
Leaders will face trails, as Paul is faced with the Jewish plots, we will face trials in a wide range of life aspects and we must be prepared and ready to endure whatever is thrown at us.
“And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me.” – Acts 20 v 22-23
Leaders will face trails from the outside like this, as well as facing trails from the inside. Organisations getting distracted and bringing in traditions and religiosity into leadership. Trusting and confidence can be an issue inwardly that can affect leaders. We must remain steadfast and true to the Gospel in all we face.
5th – Faithfulness to the Word
Keeping faithful to Gods Word is key for any leader working in a church or a role that involves teaching, preaching or building any relationship with Christ at the centre. Leaders must keep faithful to Gods word.
6th – An Acknowledgement of Responsibility
“Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God,which he bought with his own blood.” Acts 20 v 28
As a leader and a Godly leader you know you have a responsibility to yourself and to the people you lead. You must get you heart in the right place with God. People who are looking to you will need a good example to help them. Not that they are following you and you must be perfect but keeping your heart and personal walk right can be massively helpful for you as a leader.
“Take notice to yourselves, for you have a heaven to win or lose, and souls that must be happy or miserable forever; and therefore it concerns you to begin at home and to take notice to yourselves as we all as other” – Richard Baxter
Godly Leadership is a difficult thing, we will never get it perfect but in becoming more like Christ in our personal walks, God will change us, shape us and mould us into the Godly leaders he desires us to be, for his kingdom.
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This post was written by Pete Oram, an intern at Gold Hill and one of the leaders in our youth ministry and online assistants.
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