While much can be said regarding the theology and ramifications of God's call in one's life, here we will just try to answer two questions.
Who does God call to be a leader and how can you know if He is calling you into a leadership ministry?
God looks at the character of those He calls.
--- Be sure to cultivate and guard your heart. You will do what you are supposed to do when you are who you should be.
God can use people with or without the natural ability and proper background.
--- Be careful not to limit God. Take Him at His word when He says, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness" (2 Cor. 12:9).
God prepares those He calls.
--- Be careful not to short-circuit this preparation time due to impatience. God's ways and timing are best.
God equips those He calls.
--- Be aware of your God-given design. Whether by personality and/or spiritual gifting, God will equip people to lead how and where He calls.
The Leadership Ministry Manual expounds on each of the above points and then provides some Scripture for further study along with some questions to personalize it to yourself and/or your church.
What kind of leader might God be calling you to be?
God will use the way He designed people by spiritual gifting and possibly personality temperament to steer them into what type of leader they should be. (Click on links below to learn more about each of the spiritual gifts or personality style.)
- Visionary leaders tend to have the spiritual gift of leadership and/or faith and/or the more goal-oriented bent of the choleric (D of DISC) temperament.
- Administrative leaders tend to have the spiritual gift of administration and/or the discipline and resourcefulness of the choleric (D of DISC) or the organized efficiency of the phlegmatic (S of DISC) or the attention to detail of the melancholic (C of DISC).
- Shepherding leaders tend to have the spiritual gift of pastor and/or the people-oriented ways of the sanguine (I of DISC) or phlegmatic (S of DISC) temperaments.
A person could have a combination of the typical leadership gifts hence suggesting that God could want him/her to be involved in leadership capacities that require a blend of two or even the three types of leadership.
A person could have a spiritual gift that takes him/her into one type of leadership and a personality that enables him/her to do another type of leadership, suggesting that God could want him/her to be involved in leadership capacities that require a blend of two or even three types of leadership.
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