The key for a gospel-driven leader is this: remember to forget yourself.
Let’s take the Love Test. It is one thing to say you love every member of your church, but the Bible tells us what that will look like. Rate yourself. Do you really love your church family?
- Starting a church is hard work.
- Satan is going to attack my family and me.
- People will surprise me.
- Some people will hurt me.
- Jesus never fails.
A Job Description for Lay Elders
Here are four duties that are central to the elder’s job description. While this list is not exhaustive, I believe if lay elders devoted themselves to these four things, they would excel as shepherds.
Learning from other churches and other leaders is important, but replicating models is boring in Lego world and ineffective in church world.
If you have to rush to say it, it might not be worth saying.