3 Foundations Successful Leadership is Built On

You can read all the worldly leadership advice stuff out there and it will leave you empty. Why? Because worldly leadership is built on the self. Self-concern, self-motivation, self-reliance, and whatever other words you can think of colored by self.


So what then does solid leadership in the church-for God’s people-for those God is seeking look like? This is an important question and one I think really needs to be explored in today’s board room mentality to church leadership. Is there a difference between how the world leads and how God wants his leaders to lead?

With that question in mind, here are three foundations that successful Godly leadership is built on:


Solid leadership has its foundation in God alone. This is something, obviously, that the world does not follow. We already established that worldly leadership advice will tell you to rely on yourself. But, Christian leadership, Biblical leadership, is rooted in God. This means you prayfully consider how you lead and the decisions you make, and how you deal with people. This means you are finding leadership principles in God’s word, in how Jesus operated. This means you put God above all other things-worldly success, worldly progression, and whatever else.


Self-made, uber-successful leaders and humility do not go together. But principles, Godly leaders and humility go together for sure. A Godly leader must be humble just like Jesus was. Jesus was God on Earth and never lorded that over anyone. He never carried himself in a way that would befit his status. So that is a great lesson for all you Godly leaders out there: no matter how good you are, no matter how big or how fast your church is growing you still need to remain humble.


Worldly leadership advice tells us to rely on all the “selfs” but not this one. Worldly leaders reject selflessness. Godly leaders embrace selflessness as a pillar their entire leadership rests on. Putting other people before yourself is a key part of Godly leadership


The World tells you to lead one way. One that is focused on yourself and promoting your strengths and what you can provide. God tells you to lead another way, a way in which you push yourself into the background and promote other people and what they accomplish. Put God first in how you lead.

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Written by Joe Hoagland

Joe is a pastor at Rise Church in Marion, Oh. He is married to his awesome wife Jenna and they have one daughter Aryella.

He loves to lead people to Jesus and preach God's word.

You can often times find Joe hiking, camping, writing, reading, or enjoying technology.


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