2 KNOW WHERE YOU’RE HEADED
I have the privilege of interacting with a
wide variety of ministries across Canada
and the United States with Arrow Leadership Ministries. The most effective leaders
and teams firmly know why they exist,
where they’re headed and how they’ll get
there. They have a clearly defined purpose
coupled with a sharp vision they trust God
for, and they established well-thought-through steps to fulfill their vision.
In the Bible leadership is often associated with providing guidance and giving
direction (Romans 12: 8). Effective leadership at church involves having a clear idea
of God’s call personally and collectively
for your area of responsibility. If your vision needs some sharpening, take time to
prayerfully consider the questions why,
where and how. Answering why clarifies
God’s calling, your purpose and underlying motivations. Reflecting on where
you’re headed brings vision into focus and
sharpens goals. Pondering how enables
you to clarify your mission and identify
the necessary steps to realize your personal and shared vision.
3 SERVE SACRIFICIALLY
Sacrifice isn’t a particularly popular word
in our culture today, and yet sacrificial
service embodies the type of leadership
Jesus models. We see this throughout His
ministry and so clearly in Mark 10:45 when
Jesus explained, “For even the Son of Man
did not come to be served, but to serve and
to give His life as a ransom for many.”
The most effective leaders in church
recognize leading others isn’t about ful-
filling their own agendas or exercising
power. Rather they are quick to attune
themselves to the Spirit and humbly put
others’ needs before their own, as Paul ad-
monishes in Philippians 2:1– 5. They are the
first to forgive, quick to love others and seek
to be ever-patient (Colossians 3: 12–17), not
wearying from doing good in serving and
meeting others’ needs (Galatians 6: 9–10).
Serving sacrificially always costs some-
Dr. Rick Franklin of Abbotsford, B.C., is vice-president
of Arrow Leadership Ministries.
thing. That may be time, money, pride,
comfort and more. For Jesus it ultimately
cost Him His life. Most likely that’s not a
sacrifice you’ll ever be asked to make as a
leader. But are you willing to serve others
even if there is a cost? Even if it involves
personal sacrifice? Jesus-centred leaders
commit to no less.
4 COMMUNICATE CLEARLY
Leading effectively requires communicating clearly. As a leader in church, no
matter where you’re serving, you’re continually helping and leading others.
People are eager to serve, but they need
you to provide clear direction, define expectations and let them know you care.
I’ve seen many church meetings go
sideways simply because the leaders
weren’t clear when communicating. What
they said created more questions than
answers and instilled doubt. Not sure if
you’re being clear? Simply ask people if
they understand the point you’re making,
and don’t be offended if they don’t. Instead
ask for help to make things clearer.
5 THANK CONTINUALLY!
How you communicate is as important as
what you communicate. Not only is it
critical for every leader in church to be clear
when communicating, but also to continually express gratitude and appreciation.
People need to know you care about them
and appreciate their efforts. It’s amazing
how a word or note of thanks fuels someone’s tank to press on and go the extra mile.
Serving as a leader in church is an immense privilege, but it can also be a
challenge. To be effective it takes a few
fundamental skills beginning with developing a strong spiritual foundation. Let
me encourage you to fully step into the
ministry God has called you, and cultivate
these five key skills. As you do, expect God
to use you in your church and in the lives
of your fellow members. /FT
church leader needs to continually invest
in their walk with God, spending regular
time reading the Bible, studying it, praying through it and seeking to boldly live
it out. Remember, faith is like a muscle.
It grows when exercised.
Take a moment to “sit at the feet of
Jesus” like Mary did (Luke 10: 39). Consider if you are enjoying a rich relationship
with the Lord. Ask Him to use you to inspire others by how you live out your faith.
Listen to the Lord and deepen your spiritual foundation.