3 Things That Kill Church Leadership

Defensiveness can kill confidence in your leadership.
Defensiveness can kill confidence in your leadership. (Lightstock)

Leaders are held to a certain standard when it comes to character. Here are some traits that can hurt public confidence in a leader:


If you're defensive as a leader, it means you aren't leading with confidence and the conviction you need. I've always said that if we're defensive as leaders, it's our vision and not God's. Only the person that created the vision has to defend it. If God created it and gave it to us, we don't have to defend it, only steward it.

If you find yourself wanting to throw down when someone doubts something or doesn't like something you do, it may be that you are acting in your own way, not in God's vision.


Leaders give it away. That's what Jesus did. He wasn't selfish in his leading. He wanted to empower and motivate his followers. If you're selfish with the stage or with all the decision making, don't expect to get very far. It'll kill your leadership every time. I constantly tell myself I have to give away everything I can so it can all last longer than I do.

Don't be selfish.


It ain't about you. If you think it is, it's gonna kill you as a leader. Pride does nothing but puffs us up for a big popping! One of the scariest verses in all of the Bible is that, "God opposes the proud." That's scary for everyone, but especially for us as leaders. I don't want God opposing me ... I won't win!

Kill pride before it kills your leadership!

Any leadership killers you would add?

Artie Davis wears a lot of hats and leads a lot of people. He's Pastor at Cornerstone Community Church in Orangeburg, South Carolina. He heads the Comb Network and the Sticks Conference. He speaks and writes about leadership, ministry, church-planting, and cultural diversity in the church. You can find his blog at ArtieDavis.com or catch him on Twitter @artiedavis.

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