“What me…a leader? But I’m not qualified” This is the response I often get when I speak with someone about being a leader in the church. This brings two things to my mind.
The first is that EVERYONE is a leader. I don’t think we have a choice of whether or not to be a leader – we only have the choice of whether or not to be a GOOD leader. Someone is always watching us and looking to us to set an example. This makes us leaders to someone, somewhere. The ideals we have for “leaders” should apply to all of us. Not everyone will hold a leadership title, but everyone is in a position of leadership so the big question if we feel we aren’t qualified is what are we going to do about it?
The second thing that comes to my mind is that this means I have work to do. When someone says they are not qualified to be a leader, I take it personally. It is my job to equip people to lead in the church. I don’t understand when pastors complain about not having quality leaders in their church. If there are no quality leaders, then it’s the pastor’s job to do something about it!
A very good friend gave me a relay baton with the verse reference “2 Timothy 2:2″ printed on it. In this passage, Paul tells Timothy (a young pastor) ” And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.” Paul trained Timothy and he is telling Timothy to train others. Godly church leaders don’t just fall out of the sky, they are built up, developed, and trained over time.
If you feel that you aren’t qualified to be a leader in the church, what are you doing about it? Someone is watching you and probably even following your example – this makes you a leader so be the best one you can be. Who knows where it may lead? You might just be passed a baton that puts you in some official leadership position. Are you ready? If not, then let’s get training!