Christian leadership is a mission. God chooses certain men and women to assume the role of leading the flock. St. Paul had this to say about the basis of this calling: All Scripture is God-breathed and is valuable for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, (17) so that the man of God could be thoroughly equipped for each and every good work. 2Tim. 3:16.
Christian leadership is Bible-based. The ultimate model of Christian leadership is Jesus.
A Christian leader need to put the goal of service above all others towards his/her subordinates. For fellow Christian leaders, one need to show respect towards his/her colleagues and treat them as equals.
An important element in Christian leadership is integrity. A lecturer in Westpoint leadership training said that if they can uncover a man of complete integrity, they can turn him into a leader regardless of temperament or natural qualifications. Men with natural leadership will ultimately fail if his character does not embody absolute integrity. Integrity demands that other’s loyalty be won through sacrifices the way Jesus gave the ultimate sacrifice of life for His flock.
The very same way this is what God demands from His chosen leaders. The Bible has this to say about integrity: Now this is our boast: Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the globe, and especially in our relations with you, in the holiness and sincerity that are from God. We have carried out so not according to worldly wisdom but according to God’s grace. 13 For we do not write you anything you can't read or recognize. 2Cor. 1:12.
Key Attributes to Christian Leadership
There are 3 key attributes in Christian leadership. These are suffering, parity and service.
Suffering is a enormous portion of leadership because the role demands huge sacrifices on the portion of the leader. Sometimes, he requirements to carry the burden alone.
Parity or equality among ministers or Christian leaders is an important portion of Christian leadership. It indicates each leader is equal in authority in the body of the Church of Christ. Their relationship to each and every other is like the knights of round table. Hierarchies, particularly authoritarian hierarchies, are unacceptable in God’s Church. These are based on worldly views therefore do not merit Jesus’ approval.
Service is an additional essential element because leaders are seen as servant rather than rulers. Status and honor are not the finish Christian leaders’ desire. Jesus is not against ambition per se since ambition can be positive if sought for God’s greater glory. It is looking for glory for oneself that God dislikes.