How to be a Virtuous Leader in the Church

Photo Credit: Diane Kashin
Photo Credit: Diane Kashin

“To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed (1 Peter 5:1).”

Elders are men called by God to be overseers. They are known for their prayer life (1 Tim. 2:8), modeling Christ-like service (1 Pet. 5:2), and responsibilities in the homes and workplace (1 Tim. 3:4-7).

Peter, a fellow elder, best exemplified this position. He did not brag about his apostleship or title, but was a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ. He says, “I appeal” as a “fellow” elder. In other words, “I can relate to you–we are on equal playing fields.” Peter was a humble boss who did his best to encourage others around him.

Don’t you enjoy working for bosses like Peter? They make you feel important. I had a boss when I was younger who was very approachable, passionate, humble, caring, and honest. If I wanted a day off work, I could just ask him in person and he would say, “Of course you can. Just make sure to sign off.” He had that vive that made you proud to work hard for him and you knew he had your back. It was a win-win situation because He respected his workers and they would do anything to help this boss succeed in his business.

Peter describes the marks for being a good “boss” “leader” or “elder” in the church. A good leader does not pursue dishonest gain, enjoys serving others, and does not Lord his power. So then, if you want to be a good leader, the Apostle Peter says to be honest, serve, and practice humility for the glory of God. Are you ready to be a leader today? What are you waiting for? Today is your day of opportunity.

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