Strong Leadership – Revelation 2:12-17
In order for a church to be healthy and vibrant, the church must have strong leaders. So what are some of the characteristics of a strong leader? First, a strong leader not only believes in Jesus Christ, he/she must BELIEVE Jesus Christ. Read that statement again and let it sink in. This is key to strong leadership; a true leader not only has to have faith in who Jesus is, he/she must have faith in what Jesus tells us in His Word and ACT on it. Secondly, a strong leader leads based upon God’s ability and not man’s inability (Philippians 4:13). If we make leadership decisions based upon what “WE” can do, then we rob God of the opportunity to demonstrate His power in our weakness. Thirdly, a strong leader understands that the Church has been given a sacred mission by the Head of the Church, Jesus Christ, and is committed to fulfilling it. That sacred mission is to take the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world and to bring as many as possible into His saving Grace (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8). This mission must be considered first and foremost in every decision we make. Next, just as we must be committed to the mission of the Church, we must also be committed to standing firm in proclaiming the TRUTH that is found in the Bible (1 Peter 1:25). While we may need to change the methods by which we proclaim the truth of the scriptures in order to reach a new generation, we must never compromise or weaken the message of the Word. Speaking of change, strong leaders are willing to make bold decisions for changes in methodology when it comes to advancing the Gospel and reaching new people (1 Corinthians 9:22). Finally, a strong leader is one that leads in humility with a servant’s heart. Like the One we serve, we must sacrifice ourselves daily and serve the ones we are called to lead and to reach. Jesus was the ultimate humble servant (Philippians 2:8) and we should strive every day to follow His example.