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One of the best ministry tools I know of are the wonderful little booklets produced by CCEF and New Growth Press. The booklets provide concise, biblical and inexpensive (most cost only a couple of dollars) answers to common counseling and discipleship questions or problems. Because of those features, they effectively extend the counseling ministry of the local church. We try to keep the rack full at FBC and I often pass along a booklet before meeting with someone for counsel.

On the plane ride to Raleigh, I took a look at Stephen Viars’ booklet, Leadership: How to Guide Others with Integrity. Written, in part, as a resource to military families, Viars’ has done an excellent job of applying sound biblical truth to real world leadership contexts. And despite its very concise length, the booklet manages to be quite searching. For example, I found Viars’ eight questions to diagnose whether our leadership helps people understand God better a really challenging and helpful tool. Here they are:

  1. Do people understand more of God’s mercy because of the way I respond to their mistakes?
  2. Do people understand more of God’s holiness because of my high ethical standards?
  3. Do people understand more of God’s patience because of the time I give to grow and develop?
  4. Do people understand more of God’s truthfulness because of the way I communicate honestly?
  5. Do people understand more of God’s more of God’s faithfulness because they see me keep my promises?
  6. Do people understand more of God’s kindness because of the tone of my voice?
  7. Do people understand more of God’s love because I go out of my way to help and serve them as I lead?
  8. Do people understand more of God’s grace because I avoid being harsh and unreasonably demanding?

To what extent does my leadership actually model and teach something about the character of God?

I’ll be noodling on those questions a fair amount in the days ahead.

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9 thoughts on “Does Your Leadership Reveal the Character of God?”

  1. Curt Day says:

    Just a side question here. Do you think that leadership has become a commodity to be marketed and sold rather than a mantle that is forced upon us?

    1. Thabiti Anyabwile says:

      Hey Curt,

      Great question, bro. I do think there’s been a “leadership industry” going on for a long time. Just check the business section of your local bookstore. And like everything else the world does, we Christians have baptized our own version of it. So, yes, there’s definitely a commodity factor involved with leadership.

      But, there’s also a lot of good stuff out there. And surprisingly enough, a good number of leaders don’t really reflect on their leadership very deeply. So some of the publications are helpful in that way. At the end of the day, though, a leader has to lead.

      Praying you have a great day in the Lord,

  2. Allen Seldon says:

    Pastor T,

    Our church is operating on a very tight budget. Could you recommend the most beneficial booklets from this series?


    By the way, I’ve been chillin on the front porch for the past two weeks!!!!

    Thank you!!!

    1. Thabiti says:

      Hi Allen,

      Man, that’s a tough question. Every one I’ve read has been really well done. I think the best approach would be to talk among the leaders about (1) things people seem to be facing a lot in your congregation and (2) things they want to positively disciple people with. Then select some things that hit those issues. I hope that helps.

      Grace and peace,

  3. Ryan Phelps says:

    Thanks, really helpful. I also found it convicting by replacing the word “people” with “my kids.”

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Thabiti Anyabwile is a pastor for Anacostia River Church in southeast Washington, DC and a council member of The Gospel Coalition.

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