Just Taylor shared a link that I share with you now about leadership. These eight questions struck me about the impact that pastors have on their congregations and beyond simply by how they relate. Indeed, pastors are to embody spiritual maturity and model the highest in biblical ethics and the fruit of the Spirit (1 Tim. 4:12). This is essential because we lead through example as much as we lead through words. When parishioners see their pastor live out the fruit of the Spirit as he interacts with people, they are left with impressions that stand in stark contrast to how the world operates. Pastors ought to be a bit “otherworldly” or something of a “Holy Man” in the sense that when you interact with one the effect of Jesus is evident upon them, that there is a “holy aroma” about them because of total consecration to the Lord. While “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ ” (1 Cor. 11:1, ESV) is something I have heard so many pastors shy away from, the fact remains that congregations need their pastor to be an outstanding example of sanctification. When I think of pastors who have had a profound impact on me in my formative years, I do not think merely of ones who were good preachers, but of men whose very way of being impacted me.
8 Questions to Diagnose Your Leadership
In his booklet, Leadership: How to Guide Others with Integrity, Stephen Viars asks these instructive, recalibrating questions:
- Do people understand more of God’s mercy because of the way I respond to their mistakes?
- Do people understand more of God’s holiness because of my high ethical standards?
- Do people understand more of God’s patience because of the time I give to grow and develop?
- Do people understand more of God’s truthfulness because of the way I communicate honestly?
- Do people understand more of God’s faithfulness because they see me keep my promises?
- Do people understand more of God’s kindness because of the tone of my voice?
- Do people understand more of God’s love because I go out of my way to help and serve them as I lead?
- Do people understand more of God’s grace because I avoid being harsh and unreasonably demanding?