Church Leaders: Be an Example

What makes a good leader? Is it someone who sets worthy objectives, develops effective strategies, and implements those plans efficiently and with a degree of excellence? What a leader does matters but God zeros in on who the person is more than what one does. A good leader leads by example.
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; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. (1 Pet. 5:2-3)

Qualification for Being an Example:

To be an example, leaders must follow the example of Christ. The only legitimate expectation leaders can put on people for following them is when they are following the example of Christ.
I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. (Jn. 13:15, Jesus)
Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. (1 Cor. 11:1, Apostle Paul)

Areas in which to be an Example:

The list of areas in which Scripture specifically references Christ as an example to follow:
  • in humility ... how to treat people with the heart of a servant (Jn. 13:15; Phil. 2:5-8)
  • in perseverance ... how to endure suffering or adverse circumstances without losing joy (1 Pet. 2:21; Heb. 12:1-4)
The Apostle Paul's list of areas in which to be an example (1 Tim. 4:12; 2 Thess. 3:7; Titus 2:7-8):
  • in speech ... the way you communicate
  • in manner of life ... the way you conduct yourself
  • in love ... the way you respond to God and people
  • in faith ... the way you trust God
  • in purity ... the way you confront temptation & sin in your life
  • in work ethic ... the way you serve
  • in goodness ... the way you demonstrate integrity
The Apostle Peter's list of areas in which leaders should be examples (1 Pet. 5:2-3):
  • in attitude toward serving ... with an impassioned heart, not discouraged by the time and effort it takes
  • in attitude toward money ... with an undivided heart toward God, not distracted by greed in having or making money
  • in attitude toward the people you serve ... with a humble heart, not delusional about your importance and influence over others

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