"I endeavor to be a Christ-like individual."
issues of character and call
The limbs of my tree represent my personal character qualities and my unique, God-ordained preparation for leadership.
Leaders seek to influence others. Yet, my ability to influence others is strongly dependent on my own character. First Timothy 4:7b-8 says, “train yourselves for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way.” By God’s grace, I must endeavor to be a Christ-like individual.
Before I can impact others, I must demonstrate that I am worthy of their trust. This is expressed in my personal obedience to the Word— that I am a doer of the Word as well as a speaker of the Word (James 1:22). It is also seen in my humble service—that I authentically seek what is best for others, not myself (Phil 2:3). Last, it is exhibited in my strength of character—that I have a godly boldness derived from a demonstrated integrity (Prov 10:9).
In addition to possessing godly character, I am to be the leader God uniquely designed me to be (Psalm 139:15-16). God has made me precisely for the specific leadership role He desires me to fulfill. This might be serving as a senior pastor; an administrative pastor; a missionary to a far-flung locale; or a lay leader within a local Bride of Christ. He has given me just the right talents, giftedness, skills, and passions for the good work He has marked out for me (Eph 2:10). And He makes no mistakes! Every experience I have had to this point in my service for Him has unfolded according to His sovereign design, for my benefit and His glory.
learning & assessment resources to develop in Christ-likeness
- B1 key character qualities of a godly leader
I acquire wisdom from the Word
- B10 prerequisites to godliness
I possess the humility of a servant
- B20 humility in a leader
- B21 pride in a leader
- B22 gentleness
I exhibit strength of character
- B30 integrity in every circumstance
- B31 establishing and maintaining trust
- B32 hope
- B33 leading without fear
- B34 forms of deception
- B41 anger and bitterness
- B42 worry
- B43 guilt
- B44 driven by feelings
- B51 trials, testing, and temptation
- B52 adversity
- B53 discouragement
- B54 grief
- B55 loneliness
- B56 contentment
- B61 accountability
- B62 confession and repentance
I lead within my divine design
- B70 leading within my divine design
- B71 the will of God
- B72 spiritual giftedness
- B73 molding of a leader
- B74 gaining victory over sinful habits
- B75 spiritual renewal
- B76 physical renewal
Why do I serve?
Who am I?
What effect do I have?
How do I lead?