It is no small thing to lead. Everyone has some desire to control and be in charge, but, few truly want to be a leader. The main reason is that leaders have to epitomize the qualities of selflessness and humility. In order to be a great leader, one needs to put aside one’s personal desires and focus on the needs of those they lead. They show that in their image among the community, in the way they raise their family and in the way they decide personal and corporate goals.
In addition to attitude, leaders must be properly equipped. They cannot be new and inexperienced. It is not because such folks are not smart or don’t have good ideas, it is because their newness and inexperience exposes them to falling for the tricks of pride and self importance. Such tricks abolish humility and expose the leader to falling into traps and thinking themselves as experts that know better than those they are to listen to.
Bottom line–a Good leader takes the role because of their desire to serve and their ability to do so humbly. If they need the praise and power in order to lead, they are not the ones that should be leading. How do we know, ask their friends, neighbors and look at their family–it becomes apparent.
God Bless You
If anyone wants to provide leadership in the church, good! But there are preconditions: A leader must be well-thought-of, committed to his wife, cool and collected, accessible, and hospitable. He must know what he’s talking about, not be overfond of wine, not pushy but gentle, not thin-skinned, not money-hungry. He must handle his own affairs well, attentive to his own children and having their respect. For if someone is unable to handle his own affairs, how can he take care of God’s church? He must not be a new believer, lest the position go to his head and the Devil trip him up. Outsiders must think well of him, or else the Devil will figure out a way to lure him into his trap.