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God BLEW my mind while reading the book of James the other morning…and I’ve listed some leadership questions that EVERY leader/potential leader needs to think about/pray through.

#1 – Do I understand who I am?  James 1:1 – notice James didn’t identify himself as the brother of Jesus…but rather His servant!  WOW!

#2 – Do I understand that ministry IS NOT easy?  James 1:2-4 (when the writer BEGINS with these verses that’s a big time sign!)

#3 – Do I understand that I should spend more time on my face before God rather than worshipping the FACEBOOK God when seeking direction?  James 1:5

#4 – Do you think that James is trying to get a point across…it’s not going to be easy…but we are called to be “in it to win it!”  James 1:12

#5 – Do I understand it’s not IF I am tempted, but when…and IF I give into it then something WILL die?  James 1:13-15

#6 – Do I understand that I am NOT THAT GOOD…that everything is a gift?  James 1:16-18

#7 – HOW many bad decisions, arguments and misunderstandings could be avoided if we all simply memorized and applied James 1:19-20?  (Also see James 1:26)

#8 – Do I understand I am not called just to preach the Word…but live it?  James 1:22

#9 – Do I understand that showing favoritism WILL be a temptation…but I must always war against it?  James 2:1-4

#10 – Do I understand that I am called to live and lead by faith…and if I am not taking steps of faith in my life and ministry then my faith is DEAD?  James 2:14-26

#11 – Do I understand the weight of James 3:1?  WOW!!!

#12 – Do I fully understand that when I become envious and selfish then that is simply the beginning of the end?  James 3:13-18

#13 – Do I have the proper motives in regards to leading this ministry?  James 4:1-3

#14 – Am I being opposed by God or is He offering me grace?  James 4:6

#15 – Am I using my platform (whether it is speaking or the internet) to falsely attack, accuse and twist people’s words around?  James 4:11-12

#16 – Do I understand my days are numbered, that I’ve got one shot at this life and I need to do all that I can to honor the One who called me?  James 4:13-17

#17 – Do I understand that there are seasons of growth and seasons of preparation…and in those seasons of preparation I should not become impatient, but rather wait on God?  James 5:7-8

#18 – Do I understand that integrity HAS to be a priority in my life and ministry?  James 5:12

#19 – Do I understand that I cannot do this alone, that I need accountability in my life?  James 5:16

#20 – Do I fully comprehend James 5:17-18…that Elijah was just like one of us?  He literally called fire down from heaven!  He prayed for rain…and it rained!  I want THAT kind of faith!

#21 – Do I understand that ministry is messy…that I am called and expected to have tough conversations with the person that the Lord places on my heart, but in doing so the potential is unlimited?  James 5:19-20



Perry Noble is the founding and senior pastor of NewSpring Church in South Carolina. The church averages 26,000 people during weekend services at multiple campuses throughout the state. Perry is a gifted communicator and teacher, convicted about speaking the truth as plainly as possible. God has given him a vision and a passion for helping people meet Jesus, and each week he shares God’s word and its practical application in our daily lives. Perry, his wife Lucretia and their daughter Charisse live in Anderson, South Carolina. You can read all of Perry’s unfiltered thoughts about life and leadership at PerryNoble.com. Don’t worry, he holds nothing back.

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Saul Dela Cruz

commented on Jul 5, 2011

thanks for the great and practical questions of my favourite books of James that a leaders should be answered.

Sterling Franklin

commented on Jul 5, 2011

Thanks brother, this article is super! I am printing it out and hanging it on my wall -- lots of summarized and applied wisdom from James.

Daniel Winters

commented on Jul 5, 2011

How about asking the same questions of the church since James was writing to the church? Either way, worthy of our contemplation.

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