Some of us are leaders; others of us are responsible for voting for leaders.
Let's look at some of what God's word has to say about what makes a good
leader. Today my church votes on Nominating Committee members, and since
they are responsible for nominating elders, this election itself is crucial.
When we vote for people making this decision, we need to think of people
who are discerning and wise. We should take the selection of leaders very
seriously; God does.
Eph. 4:11-12 And He gave some as apostles, and some as
prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for
the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of
the body of Christ.
Rom.12:6-8 Since we have gifts that differ according
to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if
prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; if service, in his serving;
or he who teaches, in his teaching; or he who exhorts, in his exhortation;
he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows
mercy, with cheerfulness.
Mark 10:42-43 Calling them to Himself, Jesus said to
them, "You know that those who are recognized as rulers of the Gentiles lord
it over them; and their great men exercise authority over them. But it is
not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall
be your servant."
1 Tim. 3:1-3 It is a trustworthy statement: if any man
aspires to the office of overseer, it is a fine work he desires to do. An
overseer, then, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate,
prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not addicted to wine or
pugnacious, but gentle, peaceable, free from the love of money.
Hebrews 13:6-8 So that we confidently say, "THE LORD
IS MY HELPER, I WILL NOT BE AFRAID. WHAT WILL MAN DO TO ME?'' Remember those
who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result
of their conduct, imitate their faith.