What is leadership? Some understand leadership is Influence – Every person is an influencer. Good leaders motivate others for the others right. Bad leaders manipulate others for the leaders good. Another way of understanding leadership is through the actions of a person during stressful situations. In either stream, local churches are in need of godly leadership. Sometimes pastors go into churches, and there are few to no leaders, and they need help to share the ministry with others fast. Selecting and further development of these leaders are essential where there is lack. This is a model that I have been implementing.
F.A.S.T Church Leadership
- This model is about identifying leaders in the congregation. The four areas are essential qualities of each leaders quality that help you see future growth.
- This model is about equipping people. It’s not enough to identify leaders. They need to grow, and you need to provide them with help for that growth.
- This model is about shared leadership. Each quality is more than a personal pursuit. Leaders work in tandem with other people, not alone. No one is a leader without anyone willing to follow.
- This model is about Christian leadership. FAST reminds us of the spiritual discipline of fasting. Fasting is about mental fitness, not physical (Mt. 17:21; Mk 9:29). Ultimately, the unnamed requirement is the person has an obvious relationship with the Lord. Don’t make the mistake of being desperate enough to just put warm bodies into positions of leadership. Especially if they have not repented of their sin and professed faith in Christ.
As implied by the previous section, leaders need to have a personal relationship with God. This means they are faithful to God (Pro. 3:5; 1 Cor. 4:1-2; Heb. 10:23) and committed to the Church (Acts 2:42, 20:28; Heb. 10:25, 13:17). It also implies they are available to answer the call to lead in the local church (Is. 6:8; Mk 1:17-18).
As stewards of the Gospel and church, leaders need to be held accountable. They are responsible for honesty (Pro. 11:3; 1 Jn 1:6, 3:18), responsibility (Rom. 12:6-8; Gal. 6:5; 1 Cor. 3:8), accountable to the church (Pro. 17:17; Gal. 6:1-2; James 5:16).
Servant leadership is a great model to follow for further development. However, in identifying your next leader, there should be some hints of servanthood already. They should be a servant first, leader second (Mark 10:45; John 13:1-17) They need charisma, but not by the typical definition of an outgoing personality. Instead, charisma in that they are other-centered (1 Cor. 10:24) Finally, they need to be content in knowing their identity is found in Christ (Titus 1:1; James 1:1; 2 Pet. 1:1; Jude 1)
The final quality is that this person has a holy discontent with their current state and want to be taught and developed further. They learn to listen (Pro. 1:5, 19:20, 25:12; James 1:19). Learn the learning process of action, reflecting, and changing, (Pro. 1:7, 9:9; 10:17). They pursue learning opportunities intentionally (James 5:12; 1 Pet. 2:2). Leaders are open to not only instruction but also correction (Pro. 18:13; John 8:32, 16:13; 2 Tim. 2:15, 3:16-17).