God Holds Leaders Responsible – Micah 6:8
God holds leaders responsible for creating healthy environments. The people learn to love justice and show mercy when their leader creates an environment for both.
Values and character of a godly leader:
- Act Justly: Justice and integrity rule their decisions regarding policy and program.
- Love mercy: A love for people and relationship skills remain a high priority.
- Walk humbly with God: A respectful relationship with God governs their strategy and lifestyle.
Herod Lacked It – Acts 12:1-23 (negative)
Herod’s lack of character provides us with many examples of what not to do as a leader:
- He mistreated his own citizens.
- He executed innocent people.
- He made decisions based on popularity.
- He acted irrationally in difficult times.
- He harbored anger toward others.
- He sought power out of insecurity.
- He projected an infallible image.
- He was blinded by his ego.
How Do We Avoid Herod’s Trap? To improve your character and build a solid foundation for your own leadership, you must:
- Search for the cracks. Look at the major areas of your life. Identify where you’re weak or have taken shortcuts.
- Look for patterns. Do any weaknesses remain? Patterns can help you diagnose character flaws.
- Face the music. Character repair begins when you face your flaws and apologize to those you’ve wronged.
- Stay teachable and rebuild. Once you face your past, create a plan to build inward strength.
Qualifications for Church Leadership – Titus 1:5-9
What qualities should a church leader possess? Most of the traits deal with personal character, not techniques, gifts, or skills. Note what Paul considered most important:
- Personal life: blameless, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not violent, sober-minded, holy, self-controlled.
- Family life: husband of one wife, with faithful children.
- Social life: hospitable, not accused of dissipation, not given to wine.
- Financial life: a steward of God, not greedy for money.
- Professional life: not accused of insubordination, a lover of what is good, just, holding fast the faithful word, able to exhort and convict those who contradict.
Join me next time for Leadership Issues: Accountability part 1.