Last night our Bible study took a look at 1 Peter 5:1-4 and discovered some great leadership advice. It’s important that leaders within the church are worthy of being followed. Here’s what a leader is called to be according to Peter:
1. A MINISTER: They are to shepherd their flock. This includes feeding, grooming, and protecting from things that would destroy them.
2. A MENTOR: Not lording over people but investing in the flock with your time, energy, skills. One of our jobs as leader is to replace ourselves and by mentoring others, we are preparing them to be the future leaders.
3. A MANAGER: Having over site of those who have been entrusted to our care.
4. A MODEL: Be an example of someone who is growing in their faith. Leaders are those who can demonstrate how to live.
We’ve all seen people in leadership positions who have failed at one or more of these and when that happens it can be catastrophic to the organization. I’m not saying our leaders are perfect at these, but they must first recognize this is what a leader is and growing daily in these roles.