Generally, Christian leadership is defined as a process of influencing the Body of Christ and a community to use their God-given gifts toward a goal and purpose as led by the Holy Spirit. Bill Lawrence, president of Leader Formation International, at Bible.org, defined Christian leadership as “the act of influencing/serving others out of Christ’s interests in their lives so they accomplish God’s purposes for and through them.”
However, Christian leadership is not rooted in worldly notions of success, such as the love of money or power. Jesus, Himself spoke against this when expressing the importance of serving others. We are in the era of leaders without effectiveness, and many so-called leaders are mouth saying not in characters or deeds. The essence of being a Christian leader is to be effective in our responsibilities and whatever we do. Every Christian leader is a servant according to the Bible, not master over the followers.
The following are some of the attributes to being an effective Christian Leader:
Faithfulness is not an option but a priority attributes for every Christian leader. God is expecting us to be faithful as well as our members and the society were also expecting the truth. Hebrews 3:5, Matthew 24:45, Luke 19:17
As a Christian leader, when you lie or tell half-truths, people tend to feel that your entire faith is bogus. If you want people to trust your leadership, then be faithful in your doings. Remember, how Gehazi inherited leprosy because of his unfaithfulness to his master and the Naaman – 2Kings 5:20-ff
“Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.” Hebrews 13:7. Lead by example is another unique characteristic of a Christian leader. Your practical life is the first thing that will make your followers believe you and also follow you to any length. Anything you want people to do, you too do likewise even be the first to do it. “Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.” Mathew 7: 12.
In my experience as a church leader, I discover that the best way for a leader to be effective is to lead by example. Our Lord Jesus Christ led by example and He commanded every leader to emulate Him. Mind you, people around you are expecting your leadership to be exemplary. They want you to lead by example so that they can emulate you. A leader that is late to church service should be expecting the members to do the same.
“Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12.
Don’t be a leader that teaches but does not does what he taught. A leader that led by example is a leader that gains the trust of his or her follower. Apostle Peter admonished us “not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock.” 1 Peter 5:3.
If truly you are a Christian leader, you should be bold enough to tell the people you are serving: “What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things…” Philippians 4:9.
Pride is another killer that can easily kill leaders at any time. Once you are in apposition and you are the best and cannot be defeated you easily begin to feel invincible. Make sure you avoid pride all the time. Any leader that possesses the spirit of pride will not only be effective but digging destruction for himself which can happen suddenly.
The Bible clearly stated that: “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.” Proverbs 11:2.
“Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” Proverbs 16:18. Our Caller, the Almighty God is against a proud leader.
“The LORD detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.” Proverbs 16:5. A Christian leader to be effective must avoid pride and never allow anything or anyone to trigger pride in you. Be wise!
Using time wisely is a great gain for every Christian leader. In my experience as a Church leader for many years, I discovered that using time wisely is one of the things that Christians embrace in following a leader. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. Nothing like African Time, it is a foolish habit.
Your followers are expecting you to keep and abide by the time you have a promise or schedule for a program. When you are in the position of leadership and you find yourself delegating away most of your time-consuming tasks then it is easy for you to waste your time and if that happens your employees will surely do that because they tend to follow your path.
As a Christian leader, your followers are expecting new things from you every day. And you can only meet up with such when you adapt to learning. Daniel 1:17.
As a Christian leader in this present generation of technology, you must always update and upgrade yourself. No one likes to be led by someone who has never done what they are doing. I believe the COVID-19 session is an opener for every Christian leader to arise and make use of technology most especially social media to spread the Gospel beyond their territory. But a such leader must learn how to use it, the benefits as well as what it takes. “The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; The willingness to learn is a choice.” Beloved, develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.
Finally, your effectiveness as a Christian leader is not only on the above steps, but you must also be obedient to your authority and your Creator.
He is the one that calls and makes you a leader of His people. He is expecting you to obey Him all the time. Never do things without being approved by God.