Lead Well

Oct. 26, 2021

Scripture Readings

Like many of you, I have been tracking the ongoing events (leadership failures) that continue to shake life in the North American church. This has been accentuated in recent days with the podcast from Christianity Today, “Who Killed Mars Hill.” (I think this is a must for those who are in any form of leadership in Christendom today).

Rightly or wrongly, organizations (churches included!) rise and fall on leadership. Even in our Old Testament reading this week, we are given another negative example of what happened to the nation of Judah when leadership lacked godly character.

It’s no wonder then that when the Apostle Paul gives guidance to Titus about the type of people that should be entrusted with leadership in the local church, he spends his time describing people whose lives exemplify godly character. The traits include being blameless, humble, sober, even-tempered, faithful, honest, devout, disciplined, and others.

Leadership at any time is challenging. These days with constant and discontinuous change in our conflicted and divided culture it is that much more challenging. I wonder if the psalmist was experiencing some of this when he wrote, “I have suffered much… My life constantly hangs in the balance…The wicked have set their traps for me…” (Psalm 119:107,109,110).

How do we lead with godly character and wisdom to navigate the immense complexities of our current cultural milieu? The Psalmist gives direction to this as well, look at verse 105 of Psalm 119: “Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” As we immerse ourselves in Scripture and consistently allow the Holy Spirit to illuminate the Word to us, we will be able to find our way through the fog of life and we will be able to do so with godly character.

I am so grateful for the godly elders, staff, and others that lead our church so well. When I served on staff at our church it was my privilege to work with these leaders and so I can say thanks and encourage you (my friends!) to emulate the Psalmist when he said: “Your laws are my treasure; they are my heart's delight. I am determined to keep your decrees to the very end” (Psalm 119:112).

“May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior give you grace and peace” (Titus 1:4).

Clint Mix