Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another. That is especially true when you are looking at church leadership-past and present. From David to Nehemiah to church leaders of today, these leaders exercise some type of influence over the people they have lead or are leading. Aubrey Malphurs takes the definition of leadership and turns it up another notch. Leaders just don’t have influence over the people they lead. They use their influence “to influence people in a particular context to pursue their God-given direction”. In other words, it is the church leadership’s job to help the people they lead to see God and His work in their lives, to understand their purpose, actively pursue God’s plan for their life, and carry that plan out effectively. Because of the heavy mandate that all church leadership carries, it is imperative for anyone who is in a leadership position to know their leadership style and his or her strengths and weaknesses as it pertains to leadership. The best way to do this is to do a self-elevation or use resources that will help you survey the effectiveness of your leadership. During the first half of this course, I have been given the opportunity to read about qualities that a leader should possess. Along with the reading, the author has provided audits that when taken would help me to survey my leadership style and determine to what degree I possess these qualities. This leadership audit is a combination and analysis of the individual audits contained within the reading and will serve as a tool to boost my leadership skills to better serve those that I lead more effectively.
Christian Leader Audit
In chapter one, Malphurs discussed “eight distinctives of Christian leadership” and provides example of first-century church leaders. The Christian Leader Audit helps to determine the overall strength that a person has as a Christian, not just a leader. It audits a person’s commitment to Christ and His teachings and their willingness to follow His example in their everyday life. I scored an eight on this audit and, according to my score; I am a strong Christian leader. In my Christian walk, I have had some ups and downs and highs and lows. I have experienced death of friends and family, rape, divorce, and a multitude of other things. It has been a process getting to the place that I am now. My life experiences have help to develop my trust in God and strengthened my commitment to Him. Being a Christian, I have also learned that a lot of people look at me regarding how I handle the trials and tribulations that occur in my life. As a teacher, I have been divinely and strategically place in an atmosphere where I have a lot of young girls that look up to me and watch what I do and say at all times. That is why I strive every day to live my life as an example for those that are around me. Now admittedly, I have struggled in the area of being completely lead by the Holy Spirit when it comes to making decisions for my life. I am generally an impatient person and I want things right now. Being impatient has landed me in some tight spots and very awkward situations. But as I grow and mature in Christ, I am learning the importance of following the leading in the Holy Spirit in all areas of my life. Moving in my times causes more problems than I can handle. But moving in God’s time takes away the stress and allows me to be stay in peace and really focus on my Kingdom assignment.
Servant Leader Audit
Chapter two discusses the elements of servant leadership and the qualities that make a servant leader. The Servant Leader Audit helps to determine whether a person is a servant. It assesses how a person will serve people within their ministry. This audits a person’s ability to be a servant leader. I scored a thirty-one on the audit. According to my score, I am a strong servant. For me, being a servant has never been a problem. I find it easy to give...