A Ministry Leader must have servant’s heart and strive to put their best foot forward. While learning to love as Christ loved us, Ministry Leaders should be compassionate, patient and supportive with excellent interpersonal, listening, and communication skills. Strong Ministry Leaders are trustworthy and honest with a high integrity that doesn’t get caught in the ‘gossip train’. Ministry Leaders have a confident humility that is centered more on what God is doing and less on their own inherent abilities. Ministry Leaders must pray without ceasing, be knowledgeable about the ministry they intend to lead, and be a visionary with excellent time management and organizational skills.
Key considerations/advice for new leaders in this role:
- Maintain family/work/church balance
- Shadow or be mentored for a year before serving in the position
- Make sure he or she understands the qualifications of the position before they accept the position.
- Spend time with the outgoing director
- Learn how to network within the church
- Make sure he or she can give the time required of the position to serve effectively.
There are several books we encourage our leaders to read. Some of them are:
Developing the Leader Within You, by John C. Maxwell
Fishing Differently: Ministry Formation in the Marketplace, by Rev. Dr. Sidney Williams, Jr.
High Expectations, by Thom S. Rainer
Managing God’s Money: A Biblical Guide, by Randy Alcorn