“Transparency, an authentic openness to others about one’s feelings, beliefs, and actions, allows integrity, or the sense that a leader can be trusted.” –Daniel Goleman
We all desire to be leaders of strong churches that will impact culture, change atmosphere in the city, transform lives and win the lost. This is a heavenly calling and it is the right pursuit. The strong leader raises the passion level among the church and leadership team for building a world-impacting church.
Strength in ministry is not optional. Ministry today is a complex and difficult profession and it is always changing. It demands a continual pouring out of virtue, and herein is the difference between being a pastor and a professional. Spiritual leadership must have a spiritual flow, a virtue that is ever-present.
That virtue flows from a relationship with Jesus and the empowering energy of the Holy Spirit to lead with the all-important and necessary quality called brokenness. Looking through the lives of the leaders that God has highly honored and blessed beyond anything they could have achieved on their own, we can see that their secret to success and their leadership strength is brokenness.
Brokenness can be defined as the right response to God when life’s mysteries and unfair circumstances arise, destroying those things in us that hinder the working of God’s will and purpose. Brokenness in the life of leaders is desired by God. Leaders of influence and leaders of the future are those who are broken.
Here are some signs of a broken leader.
Broken leaders know that they must decrease and God must increase.
Like John the Baptist, they choose not to exploit people for their own goals, they are not competitive and driven by comparisons and they do not treat people according to how society ranks them.
Broken leaders do not take themselves too seriously.
They live a life of wonder that God is using them at all. They have a sense of humor and can laugh at themselves. Because they don’t take themselves too seriously, they can handle criticism instead of blame-shifting and they don’t try to “outsmart” others by taking shortcuts.
Broken leaders have the reputation of approachability.
They are easy to talk to and they listen and care deeply. They serve without a motive of moving up and moving on, not serving themselves and their own interests but rather serving the interests of others.
Broken leaders are leaders of strength! Let us be such leaders.
This article was provided by our partner, Frank Damazio, Pastor of City Bible Church and the Chairman of Ministers Fellowship International, a fellowship of thousands of churches nationwide and around the world.
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