A growing Christian and a healthy mission leader:
- Is fully surrendered to the lordship of Jesus Christ. Missions is a Holy Spirit driven work under the authority of Jesus that glorifies the Father. Count the costs, and know that God will ask you to step out into areas where you must walk by faith. Jesus made it clear that following Him is no small thing: “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me” (Mark 8:34).
- Casts vision. People will not thrive without direction from their leader (Proverbs 29:18). A leader by definition is leading others; if we know where God is taking us, people are more likely to follow, and the trip will be easier when everyone can stay on track for the sake of the vision. Vision inspires people to press on as they work toward a goal.
- Is not influenced by fear. Fear is not of God; He has given us power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). With His power, we face the enemy with confidence in our God. The love of Christ compels to love deeply, knowing that love covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8). The sound mind of Christ allows us to lead wisely.
- Is committed to prayer. Following the model of Jesus, godly leaders invest time in communication with the Heavenly Father (Luke 5:16)
- Remains focused. Leaders soar above minor distractions to remain focused on God’s calling and purpose.
- Is a life-long learner. In order to grow as a Christian and as a leader, a godly missions leader desires to expose himself to new ideas and techniques to be the most effective leader possible.
- Is accountable to someone. There is no one on earth who is not accountable to someone. As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend (Proverbs 27:17).
- Is aware of his weaknesses. Because you are being conformed into the image of Jesus Christ each day (Romans 8:29), you strive to rid yourself of sinful ways to bring glory to God. However, personal weaknesses – those areas of leadership or ministry in which you are not gifted – are not necessarily where you need to focus. You can place your energies into trying to improve your areas of weakness, or you can choose to refine those areas where God has made you strong. How will you compensate for your weaknesses? A successful leader will surround himself with people more gifted than him in his areas of weakness and work together for the glory of God.
- Is productive and organized. There is a great difference between being busy and being productive. Time is one of your greatest resources given to you by God. Don’t waste it with procrastination or disorganization! Join the Psalmist with this prayer: So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom (Psalm 90:12).