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7 High Standards of Leadership

A counselor must first serve under a licensed counselor. A plumber or electrician serves as an apprentice while they learn the trade. A real estate agent must first pass an extensive test.

Christians must grow in their faith and learn to follow and serve before leading.

3) Leaders live a life of integrity and virtue.

We know there are no perfect leaders, but a character issue can create a devastating outcome.

The heart motives and intent of a leader really matter.

Meaning, is it just an honest mistake, or is there something deeper that disqualifies?

For example, a leader can make a poor decision, hurt someone’s feelings, or be in a bad mood, which is part of being human.

There is plenty of grace for that.

But an obvious matter of character is different, and scripture describes that character as “above reproach” (NIV). That is a very high standard to pursue.

When I think about who I want to follow or who we want to hire, integrity is at the top of the list.

4) Leaders cultivate a good family life.

We all know what loving, caring, and serving relationships look like in contrast to unresolved conflict, selfishness, pettiness, and anger.

The challenge is to sustain kind and loving relationships daily when life’s pressures increase.

Anyone can be on their best behavior at the office or a social gathering, but at home, it’s the real us.

The good news is grace!

Forgiveness covers so much, prayer strengthens relationships, and even the smallest acts of kindness make a huge difference.

Let me say it again, it’s not about perfection, don’t let the enemy beat you up, but we all can commit to our best and loving relationships.

And let’s be candid; it’s really difficult to lead well in the church if things are not going well at home. That’s a big part of why this standard is included in Scripture.

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Dr. Dan Reiland serves as Executive Pastor at 12Stone Church in Lawrenceville, Georgia. He previously partnered with John Maxwell for 20 years, first as Executive Pastor at Skyline Wesleyan Church in San Diego, then as Vice President of Leadership and Church Development at INJOY. He and Dr. Maxwell still enjoy partnering on a number of church related projects together.