Summary: More on Leadership Characteristics necessary in the church.

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Pastor James May




“Leadership is all about ethics and morality,” says Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf.

We have all made mistakes of bad investments of our time, money and energy. All of us have bought things that we should not have, said things we shouldn’t have or done some things that we aren’t proud of.

When the failure is ethical or moral the effects are more long lasting and destructive. Ask any minister who has had unethical dealings in finances or any divorced couples whose lives have been permanently damaged by moral failures and they will tell you how serious these failures are.

If you are to become the best you can be, then you must strive to grow in your leadership skills and ability to work with other people.


L – Love – Passion for what you are doing. There has to be an inward fire and a longing to do the work. If you don’t love what you are doing it soon becomes drudgery.

The greatest joy anyone can have is to work in a profession that they love.

If we look back at Sir Edmund Hillary who conquered Mount Everest in the Himalayas, we can see what I mean by passion.

While attempting to climb the mountain, the exploring party had almost reached the top when one of the climbers was found frozen to death in the ice and snow. Sir Edmund

Spent a lot of time alone on the way down the mountain to bury his friend.

When he reached the bottom, his climbers thought that surely Mr. Hillary would never attempt to climb the mountain again.

Instead, he looked back at the mountain and said these words, “You are as big as you will ever be but I am growing wiser and stronger and I will conquer you.”

Coach Paul (Bear) Bryant of the Dallas Cowboy Football Team made the statement, “If I ever quit coaching football, I’ll be dead in 6 months.” He retired from coaching and died 6 weeks later.

If you don’t have something to do that you have a passion for, your life is empty.

As Christians, we must have a passion for the ministry that God has called us to do. God won’t put you in a place of ministry that you won’t love doing. Not that it will always be fun and exciting, but it will always be satisfying and in the end very rewarding.

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