This week I’m doing a five-part series to help you critically examine and sharpen your own ministry. The goal is to create a template that will allow you to serve as a consultant for your own ministry… a way of reflecting, assessing and clarifying where you are and where you want to go.

Today is step 3: general leadership outcomes. These are the qualities and behaviors that you want to see in all of your ministry leaders, regardless of their specific role or giftedness. Reflect and journal on the questions below to create a general picture of what a leader in your ministry should look like.

Brainstorm qualities:

  • What behaviors do you want to see your leaders engaging in?
  • What qualities are you trying to produce in leaders?
  • What life skills or practices do you need them to have in place? (e.g. basic financial stewardship, management of their time, spending time with God regularly, honoring their commitments, etc.)

Check alignment with scripture:

  • What scripture passages most inform your understanding of the qualities leaders should possess?
  • Look up the following passages and compare them against your list:
    • Beatitudes: Matthew 5-7
    • Fruit of the Spirit: Galatians 5:22-23
    • 1 Timothy 3:1-13
    • Titus 1:6-9
    • 2 Peter 1:5-8

Check alignment with vision and values:

  • Will living out these behaviors demonstrate the values? (see previous blog entry)
  • Will living out these behaviors result in the vision? (see previous blog entry)

Check for completeness:

  • Is there anything else that you want all of your leaders to be or do that doesn’t fit here?
  • Are there any duplications or qualities that can fit underneath a different quality?

The outcome of step 3 is a clear list of leadership essentials– qualities all of your leaders need to have regardless of their ministry specialization. Click here to move to step 4: Getting Specific.