4 Steps to Strong Christian Leadership
Even Christian leaders seem to be afraid to exercise true Christian leadership, often kowtowing to the whims and feelings of those around them.
1. Know your beliefs and purpose. True Christian leadership involves standing up for beliefs and leading others in the direction of truth. To do that effectively, the Christian leader must first of all know what his beliefs are and what direction he is leading Christians. The Bible tells us to “study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (II Tim. 2:15, KJV) Before we can lead others effectively, we must have firm knowledge of the truth of the Bible.
2. Lead with love and fairness. Christian leadership also involves leading with love and justice. Paul admonished us: “I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Eph. 4:1-3, KJV) When we exercise Christian leadership, we must operate in an attitude and spirit of love and patient guidance. Christian leadership should not be a dominating, aggressive, attacking sort of leadership, rather it should be full of grace and encouragement.
3. Delegate effectively. For effective Christian leadership, effective delegation is necessary. You need to place the right task with the correct individual. Learn what the current skill sets and skill levels are of those you are leading. Effective Christian leadership involves asking questions, watching closely, and evaluating wisely before giving tasks to those being led. If you give people tasks to which they are not well fitted, you set them up for failure and you will tend to receive mediocre results. By knowing before delegating tasks what the skills are of those you supervise or lead, you can more effectively match tasks with skills.
4. Get involved. Be willing to help with the task at hand. Many times, especially when volunteers are utilized, effective Christian leadership involves getting in and starting the job for the volunteer. A volunteer (or paid worker) often responds positively to the leader who is willing to do the same work he is delegating. Once again, having a humble, patient and understanding demeanor works wonders when delegating work. Although the workers may all be on the same “team” (they are all working because they want to and want to further the cause), they may not want to be led by someone who either has never performed the task at hand or is unwilling to do some of the work.
In summary, Christian leadership not only involves some of the same skills non Christian leadership employs, but also brings into play a non-tangible element, that of the expected attitude of the Christian. In the non Christian leadership roles, we may feel we can tell people what to do and simply expect it to be done, but in a Christian leadership role, volunteers or workers may have an added expectation of a Christian leadership environment within which to work, including additional “niceties” from you, the Christian leader.
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