EXCLUSIVE: Attributes Of A Godly Leader (Part 3 of 3)

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This article is the last part in our series or Attributes Of A Godly Leader. We are closing off with Attributes No. 9 to 12. Just in case you missed the first two articles; here are the links to open them:


EXCLUSIVE: Attributes Of A Godly Leader (Part 3 of 3)

9. Seasoned Believer:
Experience is the best teacher, putting it aptly as the Englishmen have done. There are many reasons why appointment of church leaders must also be directly linked to the length and depth of service both to the church they attend and the Kingdom of God in general. Some of the key considerations include the following:
(a) They have lived through the vision of the church longer than most members,
(b) They have enjoyed many personal interactions with vision bearers and/or successive leaders of the church,
(c) They know the history of the church better than new believers,
(d) They know the history of most church members and their families, 
(e) They have experienced first-hand interactions with most church members and their families, 
(f) They have kept some important memories of yesteryear events which might not have been documented, and
(g) They have witnessed God in action on many occasions.

There is a lot of maturity in leadership that comes only through experience. Laban said something very remarkable to Jacob, his son in law, who was now requesting to move out with his family to start a new independent life.  Genesis 30:27 “And Laban said to him, "Please stay, if I have found favour in your eyes, for I have learned by experience that the LORD has blessed me for your sake”. Laban was only able to realise this secret through experience, as he rightly puts it! There is hidden treasure in experience which, if unlocked in leadership, could be very beneficial to the church in the long run.  

10. Have a Good Testimony:
Every good leader must have some true witnesses who can stand to testify of his goodness in life. Good leadership, in whatever sphere of life, is buttressed by positive testimonies such as: “He loves his family”; “He sacrificed a lot for his church”; “He listens attentively when you are explaining your problem”; “He gives his subordinates a number of chances to correct their mistakes”; “He has always survived the devil’s attacks”

When Jesus Christ encountered the Pharisees after teaching in the temple (John 8), he reminds them of the ‘Law of Witnesses’ which was written in their book of law.   John 8:17 “It is also written in your law that the testimony of two men is true”. Therefore, notwithstanding the fact that all men have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23), every Godly leader must have some positive testimonies who concur that he is indeed a good man capable of holding church leadership portfolios. 

EXCLUSIVE: Attributes Of A Godly Leader (Part 3 of 3)

11. Humble:
Mankind, by our sinful nature, pride ourselves so much in life. Pride and arrogance have gripped a number of modern day servants of God such that they now measure their kingdom successes in worldly possessions and accolades. Christian television channels, posters and adverts now venerate and depict certain servants of God as deity in status. In all their screenshots and publications, there is more focus on the servants of God, and very little, if ever there is, about the owner of the work himself Jesus Christ. 

Proverbs 11:2, “When pride comes, then comes shame; but with the humble is wisdom”.
Proverbs 16:18, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall”

One of the greatest biblical examples on humility we see it in John the Baptist. In John 1, we see the people attending his crusades raising him to the deity status of Jesus Christ, but he continues to point them to the Christ who was to come. As he was at Bethabara beyond Jordan, this what John the Baptist had to say:  John 1:29 - “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” It was not an easy thing for John the Baptist to point to Jesus and introduce him as the Lamb of God when all the praise and focus was on him. That’s a sign of great leadership! True Godly leaders do not point at themselves, but instead point people to Jesus Christ. 

12. Exhibits Integrity:
Integrity generally refers to the honest and transparent conduct in one’s life. It is a very important attribute which comes with a number of promises as shown in these scriptures:

Proverbs 10:9 - “He who walks with integrity walks securely, but he who perverts his ways will become known”

Proverbs 20:7 - “The righteous man walks in his integrity; His children are blessed after him”.

Proverbs 28:6 - “Better is the poor who walks in his integrity than one perverse in his ways, though he be rich”.

From these scriptures, integrity comes packaged with the following benefits:
(a) Security (even as you walk through this world),
(b) Blessings for one’s children, and
(c) Higher spiritual rank (especially when compared to a rich but perverse person).

Let all Godly leaders live a life of honesty and transparency. 

EXCLUSIVE: Attributes Of A Godly Leader (Part 3 of 3)


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