Some people are born leaders. Some have to really work on it to develop their effective leadership. Regardless of which umbrella you fall under, I have seen that there are a few traits to being an effective church leader.
- Bible Centered – The most effective church leaders hold to the Bible as their final authority. If you want to be an effective pastor, be Bible centered and never waver.
- Vision Driven – The most effective leaders possess an outwardly focused vision. Some church leaders are more interested in the ones inside the church walls and neglect the people outside of the church walls. If you want to be effective as a church leader, you must be committed to reaching people who are lost.
- Lover of People – Now, this does not mean that every effective church leader must be a people person, but it does mean that they genuinely love people. Everything that effective church leaders do is driven by a love for God which results in a love for people.
- Persistence – I believe we have too much turnover rate among church leaders. Whether it is a senior pastor, student pastor, or another capacity within the church, the turnover rates are alarming. We rarely see persistence anymore. To see the most fruit out of a ministry, we must endure and be persistent.