Are You a Leader Worth Following?
Christian leadership is the ability to lead, serve, and influence others through the vision of God. Most Christian leaders are the pastors, deacons, and elders of your church. Church leaders are usually equipped to see the needs of their people and have a positive impact on their decision making. They are teachers and learners of God’s word and have the capacity to think deeply about what best for the kingdom of God and God’s people. When the world is going through one of the most trying times in history, people are leaning more on the church for support and direction on how to handle the unknown. This alone is a lot of responsibility for the leaders of the church, as they are going through the same issues as their congregation. At a time where people have never felt so disconnected from the church itself, how can you be sure that Christian people will continue to follow you as their spiritual leader?
People Follow What They See
Anytime we are trying to get people to go in a certain direction, as a leader, you should head in that direction too. People tend to follow what they see, so practice what you preach. Leading by example is one of the best traits for a leader to have, they must lead with their actions as well as their words. Leaders gain the trust of their followers by helping them see what lies ahead and teaching them how to rise to the challenge. If a follower sees their leader with a negative attitude, they too will follow suit. Start by showing your people the benefits of staying positive and maintaining balance. Show them how you accomplish this in your life and encourage them to do the same. It will help to build trust amongst your congregation when they see you working towards the same goal.
Keep an Open Dialogue
Leaders, just like everyone else, will run into bumps in the road. Times where the outcome you received was not the one you expected. When leading people, it is very important to be open about your setbacks and roadblocks that you have encountered on your journey. This allows your members to identify with you on a different level. It is to be expected that our journeys can be rough at times but share those experiences; it helps others to know that they are not alone in their struggles. They were being upfront about what things that hinder can help others be more open about what is going on in their lives. Everyone wants a leader that they can identify with; if they think that you have had smooth sailing in every aspect of your life, they are going to wonder how you can relate to them.
You’re Only As Good As Your Team
As the leader of a church, you are often pulled in many different directions. Since there is only one of you and you can’t be everywhere, it would make sense to have a team of people who can help you carry out your vision when you can’t be present. Be sure that the sub-leaders of your church are all on the same page. Collaborate to develop a shared vision for where you want the church and its congregants to go. Communicate this vision to your church and make sure that you all have one voice; in other words, you are all saying the same thing on the same platform. It lends itself to consistency and trust throughout the church and its members.
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