October 30, 2019
Biblical Qualifications of Church Leaders: Part – 3
6-Does the person model Compassion for others?
Acts 20:28 Living Bible (TLB)
28 “And now beware! Be sure that you feed and shepherd God’s flock—his church, purchased with his blood—for the Holy Spirit is holding you responsible as overseers.
1 Peter 5:2 Living Bible (TLB)
2 Feed the flock of God; care for it willingly, not grudgingly; not for what you will get out of it but because you are eager to serve the Lord.
- Does the person reflect a concern for helping lost people find Jesus?
- Does their heart beat fast when discussing ministry opportunities to reach people who haven’t heard about Christ?
Is the person really called?
Galatians 1:1-2 Living Bible (TLB)
1 1-2 From: Paul the missionary and all the other Christians here.
To: The churches of Galatia. I was not called to be a missionary by any group or agency. My call is from Jesus Christ himself and from God the Father who raised him from the dead.
- Does the individual consider this to be an appointment from God or from men?
- Is there a clear sense that this is God’s calling? Is it God’s will?
This list, though not comprehensive, gives us a picture of what God has in mind for Biblical leadership.
As you can see, leaders are held to a higher standard.
Not all Christ-followers are qualified to lead.
And not all potential leaders are qualified to lead now.
For some, it may take time to close a gap.
Where there’s a gap in your commitment, it may take time for spiritual formation to occur.
- Where there’s a gap in character, it may take time for redemption to take hold.
- Where there’s a gap in conduct, it may take time for appropriate repentance and restoration.
- Where there’s a gap in comprehension, it may take time for wisdom and understanding to develop.
- Where there’s a gap in capacity, it may take time for coaching and mentoring to expand perspective.
- Where there’s a gap in compassion, it may take time for Kingdom perspective to expand.
- Where there’s a gap in calling, it may take time for God to speak.
Leadership development takes time. But the thing to remember is that every potential leader also needs a coach. I’ve never seen commitment, character, conduct, comprehension, capacity, compassion and calling develop in a vacuum. In other words, we should pray for God to send leaders, but we should also be more intentional about identifying potential leaders and then investing time relationally to close these seven gaps.
- Bishop Ronald K. Powell
- 1 Peter 5:2
- Acts 20:28
- Ephesians 1:1
- Ezekiel 34
- Galatians 1:1
- Crosswinds International