Personal Character

12 Ways to Be a Godly Leader

Are you an example of Christ-likneness to your congregation?
Are you an example of Christ-likneness to your congregation? (Lightstock)

What makes you a bold example of Christ-likeness for your congregation? Here are some suggestions of how you can walk the walk.

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Geoff Surratt: Why Pastors Crumble

Geoff Surratt
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Pastor Geoff Surratt offers a guide for healthy ministry that reminds people your role—your only role—is to point followers to Jesus.

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5 Self-Truths to Realize to Become a Better Pastor

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How is your humility factor on a scale of 1 to 10?

They may be painful to come to grips with, but there are some staunch realities that come with being a pastor. Here are some things to take to heart.

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8 Ways Leaders Open Themselves Up to Spiritual Attack

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Do you sometimes take the enemy lightly, or are you always leery of his cunning little tricks? Here are some things to watch out for.

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3 Great Reasons to Tell Stories in Your Preaching

Joe-McKeever-smallPastor, your people love a good story. Listeners who have gone on vacation during the first 10 minutes of your sermon will return home in a heartbeat the moment you begin, “A man went into a store….” or  “I remember once when I was a child….”

He never preached without telling stories.” (Mark 4:34)

Those who have died early in your message will suddenly spring to life when you say, “The other day, I saw something on the interstate …” or “Recently, when the governor and I were having lunch at the local café …”  (smiley-face goes here)

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Rick Warren: Character Is the Foundation of Leadership

Rick-Warren-Book-smallPlenty of highly charismatic leaders have bombed out and failed because they lacked character, which trumps charisma every time. You don’t have to have charisma to be a leader. You do have to have character—credibility—because leadership is influence, and if you don’t have credibility nobody is going to follow you.

While your reputation is about what people say you are, character is who you really are. D.L. Moody said, “Character is what you are in the dark when nobody is looking.” In 1 Timothy 3:1-13, Paul lays out the necessary characteristics for church leadership. He never addresses having a robust résumé, having gone to the right seminary or having a magnetic public persona. He talks about character traits.

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