Pastors enter the ministry to, well, minister to people. However they soon discover that there are essential leadership traits they need to build the church.
Paul, the genius church planter of first century Christendom, models these qualities & gives us a picture of what means ot be a leader in Christ’s Kingdom.
Firstly, we see in Colossians 2:2 that Paul has a purpose & the reason for this purpose. He is an ‘on purpose’ leader.
Leaders without purpose will cause their people & organisations to suffer drift. Any current will carry them to anywhere.
So what to do?
Spend 10 minutes today realigning your week around your the key purposes of your ministry.
Arrest the drift.
Secure the mission.
Being a leader ‘on purpose’ is the first of our three essential leadership traits.
Secondly, we notice that Paul rarely lacked courage to venture into the unknown.
He sends the runaway slave Onesimus back to Colosse to face the music, Col. 4:9. A courageous decision. It could have gone either way. A church upset & divided or maturely handling a tricky scenario.
Courage is not about the absence of intimidation or the overwhelming sense of already secured victory.
It is all about doing the appropriate thing. Consistently, regardless of emotions & unwelcome consequences. You would be smart to also recognise that courage is not reckless action. It generally flourishes when partnered with wise reflection.
Courage is another of those essential leadership traits.
Thirdly, we note that Paul uses the word fellow a few times in Colossians when referring to his co-workers, Colossians 1:7, Colossians 4:7, Colossians 4:10.
Paul impacted many cities through emissaries like Epaphras, Luke, Titus & so on.
Savvy leaders understand that achievement is broader, higher, deeper & longer when a team works together well. Whilst team building is not rocket science, it is intensive labour.
And one key element is interdependence. It’s an attitude. A heart resolve to not go it alone.
It’s a rejection of individual preference & a hankering for connections that produce long lasting fruit.
Decide today to reject independence & commit again to team, to interdependence.