Reprinted from Leadingthewayforward.org
8 Core Values of Christian Leaders
Based on global research, eight core values are essential for effective Christian leadership.
1 ) Intimacy with God
God looks for consecrated men and women who lead from an intimate relationship with God.
Biblical Foundation: Romans 8:15
For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, Abba, Father.”
2 ) Passion for the Harvest
God looks for men and women who share a passion for those without Christ. Jesus came to “seek and to save that which was lost.” God desires that everyone be reached with the life transforming power of the Gospel.
Biblical Foundation: Matthew 9:35-38
And Jesus was going about all the cities and the villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the Gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness. And seeing the multitudes, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and downcast like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Pray therefore to the Lord of the Harvest that He may send laborers into His harvest.
3 ) Visionary Leadership
God looks for men and women, who are biblically committed to cast vision, set goals, mobilize the Body of Christ, and overcome obstacles in order to reach the nations for Christ.
Biblical Foundation – Proverbs 29:18
Where there is no vision, the people perish.
4 ) Culturally Relevant Evangelism
God looks for men and women who live and teach the Gospel with cultural relevance, sensitivity and power, so that the eternal truth of the Gospel will be understood and received in every culture of the world.
Biblical Foundation: 1 Corinthians 9:19-27
I have become all things to all people that I may by all possible means save some.
5 ) Multiplication of Leaders
God looks for men and women who disciple, coach, and mentor other leaders, who in turn become leaders of leaders that effectively train others.
Biblical Foundation: 2 Timothy 2:2
What you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, these entrust to faithful men and women who will be able to train others also.
6 ) Family Priority
God looks for men and women who are convinced that the family is God’s building block for society and make their family a priority in developing leaders.
Biblical Foundations: Ephesians 5.22-6.9
Let each individual among you also love his own wife even as himself, and let the wife see to it that she respect her husband.
7 ) Stewardship
God looks for men and women who are faithful stewards of finances, time, and spiritual gifts in their personal lives and ministries, with the result that people are reached with the Gospel.
Biblical Foundation: Matthew 25:14-30
His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things, enter into the joy of your master.
8 ) Integrity
God looks for men and women of integrity who live holy lives that are accountable to God and to the Body of Christ. Integrity glorifies God, protects leaders from stumbling, and encourages growth.
Biblical Foundation: 2 Timothy 4.1-7
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith.
I thought this was a great list for personal reflection and so posted here to save it. It is always good to reflect on things like this. We can never to strong in all of them at the same time (at least I can’t!) so it is good to ask, “Which of these can I improve on right now?” Good stuff!