Are you a leader in your church? Before you answer let me rephrase the question. I didn’t ask if you were the Lead Pastor. I asked if you were a leader. Do other people look to you for advice, direction or mentoring? Then you’re a leader!!
Will you help lead your church towards growth or stagnation? Will you be an instrument that God uses connect to Himself or someone who says, “It’s nice to every person in the church by name.”?
According to C. Peter Wagner’s book Your Church can Grow, Leaders of Growing Churches have 5 Qualities in Common:
I. Single Minded Obedience – Be willing to pay the price to fulfill the Great Commission and faithful to the Lordship of Christ. Don’t get discouraged or distracted and beware of offenses.
II. Clearly Defined Objectives – They set measureable goals to evaluate the effectiveness of all ministries. How do you know if you’ve been successful in your ministry gifting.
III. Reliance on Discerning Research – Don’t guess at the situation but rely upon gathering factual data. Set aside the emotion of the decision and base your strategy on facts.
IV. Ruthlessness in Evaluating Results – When desired goals aren’t achieved a process of ministry is scrapped. Are you willing to lay down your favorite event or ministry for the sake of church growth?
V. An Attitude of Faith and Optimism – Will God do all He promised to do? Don’t focus on the one or two things not going well focus on the eight or nine that are!