Steps to Becoming a Leader
Strong church leaders are not only academically and theologically prepared to lead their communities, but they are also concerned with leading out of the love for God and selfless concern for the well-being of others. Ideally, church leaders will build on their ministerial and church development experience and education to become even better church leaders for their congregations and communities. The following are five steps to becoming a stronger church leader.
1. Commit Your Spirit and Self
Must be committed to personal growth and the growth of others. A church leader should understand that leading by example for the individuals in the congregation is as important as staying true to God. Leadership is a skill that can be honed and developed with proper care and commitment.
2. Must Be Consistent with our lifestyle both inside and outside of church walls
3. Honesty and Great Integrity
The supreme quality of leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.” Honesty and integrity are two important ingredients which make a good leader. How can you expect your followers to be honest when you lack these qualities yourself? Leaders succeed when they stick to their values and core beliefs, and without ethics, this will not be possible.
To be an effective leader, you should be confident enough to ensure that others follow your commands. If you are unsure about your own decisions and qualities, then your subordinates will never follow you. As a leader, you have to be oozing with confidence, show some swagger and assertiveness to gain the respect of your subordinates. This does not mean that you should be overconfident, but you should at least reflect the degree of confidence required to ensure that your followers trust you as a leader.
5. Decision-Making Capabilities
Apart from having a futuristic vision, a leader should have the ability to make the right decision at the right time. Decisions taken by leaders have a profound impact on the masses. A leader should think long and hard before taking a decision, but once the decision is taken, stand by it. Although most leaders make decisions on their own, it is highly recommended that you consult key stakeholders before taking a decision. After all, they are the ones who will benefit or suffer from your decisions.
When it comes to accountability, you need to follow the approach highlighted by Arnold H Glasow when he said, “A good leader takes little more than his share of the blame and little less than his share of the credit.” Make sure that every one of your subordinates is accountable for what they are doing. If they do well, give them a pat on the back, but if they struggle, make them realize their mistakes and work together to improve. Holding them accountable for their actions will create a sense of responsibility among your subordinates, and they will go about the business more seriously.
7. Delegation and Empowerment
You cannot do everything, right. It is important for a leader to focus on key responsibilities while leaving the rest to others. By that, I mean empowering your followers and delegating tasks to them. If you continue to micromanage your subordinates, it will develop a lack of trust, and more importantly, you will not be able to focus on important matters, as you should be. Delegate tasks to your subordinates and see how they perform. Provide them with all the resources and support they need to achieve the objective and give them a chance to bear the responsibility.
8. Lead By Example and behave in a way that represents our Kingdom, church family, and ourselves as well.
9. Must Honor the vision of Quest Church and will maintain group alignment with the vision of the house.
10. Serve God: Serving God through those whom He has called to make disciples of all men. God is our ultimate “client”, therefore we serve every ministry as unto God. We are committed to keeping God and what He is accomplishing around the world as the central message of each media tool we develop; placing the ministries we serve and their people and programs as a very important second to God.
11. Serve Freely: Everything we have: talents, gifts, resources, equipment, etc. all belong to God and are available to Him to be used according to His will to build His kingdom.
12. Serve Professionally: We serve with the utmost of professionalism in quality and integrity. We will always strive to keep on top of technology and technique so our members can be confident they are getting media tools that will represent them and God well.
13. Serve Fully: We serve each member as if they were our most valued client. We will go the extra mile to ensure the product is exactly what our members need to accomplish the Great Commission.
14. Must be a Team Player
Being able to work well with others is an important skill. In a church setting, interacting with others should be a joyful and uplifting experience. Everyone in the church leadership and congregation should be working toward one of the common goals of a Christ-centered community. This means focusing not only on the business aspects of the church’s organization but also on the needs of the people within the church and how that fits into Christian teachings and the Christian lifestyle.
15. Inspire Others
Probably the most difficult job for a leader is to persuade others to follow. It can only be possible if you inspire your followers by setting a good example. When the going gets tough, they look up to you and see how you react to the situation. If you handle it well, they will follow you. As a leader, you should think positive, and this positive approach should be visible through your actions. Stay calm under pressure and keep the motivation level up. As John Quincy Adams puts it, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” If you are successful in inspiring your subordinates, you can easily overcome any current and future challenge easily.
16. Must be able to Mobilize Others to Become Leaders
Leaders in the church are also servants. This means that the actions they take and the momentum they cause should always have the future and heart of the church in mind. A great leader is able to step back and let others take over a ministry or lead programming. Encourage people to share their own gifts and talents for the good of the church. Management skills like supervising other staff members and being available and open to communication are essential for a successful church leader.
17. Creativity and Innovation
What separates a leader from a follower? The greatest visionary of our time answers this question this way, “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” In order to get ahead in today’s fast-paced world, a leader must be creative and innovative at the same time. Creative thinking and constant innovation are what makes you and your team stand out from the crowd. Think out of the box to come up with unique ideas and turn those ideas and goals into reality.
Last but certainly not the least, is empathy. Leaders should develop empathy with their followers. Unfortunately, most leaders follow a dictatorial style and neglect empathy altogether. Due to this, they fail to make a closer connection with their followers. Understanding the problems of your followers and feeling their pain is the first step to become an effective leader. Even that is not enough until you work hard and provide your followers with a suitable solution to their problems.
11. Continue Learning
Some of the best leaders recognize their own limitations and are quick to admit when they are unsure of something. Being a great church leader means more than just knowing your way through the Bible and keeping people’s interest on Sunday. It also means evolving to fit with the needs of your community and continually learning and experimenting with communication, philosophy, and practical applications of leadership in the church. Keeping up with relevant trends and thoughts in this field can prove to be helpful when looking to make changes.
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