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7 High Standards of Leadership

7) Leaders have the right perspective toward money.

Hey, I’ve grown highly accustomed to eating, and food costs money. 😀

OK, more seriously, we often stumble over the sometimes seemingly unspiritual nature of money.

But nothing could be further from the truth.

Scripture makes it clear that money carries a deeply spiritual nature to it.

How a leader handles money is a matter of stewardship and trust.

For example, the difference between generosity and debt in a leader’s life makes a huge difference in his or her ability to lead in an unencumbered way.

Debt is a prison.

Generosity gives life.

Money is a tool for good in the hands of a wise leader.

  1. Which standards are strong in your life?
  2. What one standard should you invest intentional energy to improve?

Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap. In the same way, deacons are to be worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons.1 Timothy 3:1-10

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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.