9 Things A Ministry Leader Must Be

I Peter 5

1 To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder, a witness of Christ’s sufferings and one who also will share in the glory to be revealed: 2 Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; 3 not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away. 5 Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 8 Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. 10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.

In these verses we see at least 9 things a leader must be:

1. A Shepherd (v2)

A shepherd owns the responsibility to direct, defend and discipline the flock.  Ultimately the health and growth of the ones being led is what marks a good shepherd.

2. Empowering (v3)

A leader must not hold his or her authority over the individuals on the team in a way that restricts them from growing.  Growth is restricted when we fail to give proper authority to own the opportunity.  A leader should never delegate simply to get rid of tasks, but to expand the overall capacity of the team. 

3. An Example (v3)

The philosophy of leadership which opines that people don’t do what you expect but only do what you inspect, is a minimalist view of leadership. I suggest that people will do what they see their leader doing, so we should feel the pressure to model what we expect not simply inspect it.

4. A Good Follower (v5)

How we follow and respond to the authority over us will dictate how well we lead. We can’t expect to be followed well if we don’t model well how to follow. 

5. Humble (v6)

This is all about keeping our love for God and our love for others at a higher place than the love for ourselves or our status.

6. Dependent (v7)

We shouldn’t try to carry things only Jesus can carry.  Primarily the building of His church.  Our job is to lean into Him and know we’ll only really be moving forward when He is pulling us along. 

7. Ready (v8)

We should always be aware that we have an enemy that seeks to destroy the work we are doing.  The world, our own flesh and the devil himself are at war with the things of God.  Being ready for this opposition is simply standing firm in our trust in the promises of God even when circumstances are trying to knock us off course.

8. In Awe but never Surprised (v10)

When God comes through for us, we should stand in awe of what He has done.  At the same time, we should never be surprised because that is exactly what He has promised to do.  

9. Expectant (v11)

A leader must be the primary source for the team’s belief that something good is going to happen.  We should lead with an attitude and a voice that believes the best is yet to come!