How to Grow as a Christian Leader

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2 Peter 3:18

One of the reasons why people shy away from Leadership is that it places you on the spotlight. Hence, the way you live your life as a leader is very key. This is because there are certain expectations for leaders. Leaders generally are expected to be ahead of others, be visionary and lead people on, be able to deliver values and influence people to follow among others. Christian leaders are expected to minister to the saints in several ways according to their gifts and calling; “And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all” (1 Corinthians 12:6).

Growth is very key when it comes to leadership because a leader has to stay ahead so that he/she can guide others to follow the lord. God wants us to grow in every way; “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ…” (2 peter 3:18).  It is worthy of note that God wants us to grow in in the knowledge of him. probably one of the most profound prayers to pray is this; ”That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him” (Ephesians 1:17). God’s word is light, it is the truth, the only standard manual for living. When we grow in the knowledge of God as leaders, it helps us conduct ourselves better the way God would have us do it. In addition, Christian leaders are expected to teach others and also provide spiritual guidance to others hence, the need to grow constantly in the knowledge of God and the things that pertain to the kingdom.

The other thing worthy of note is that God wants us to grow in grace. Grace is said to be God’s unmerited favour. It was grace that saved us, we didn’t deserve it and Jesus is so full of grace. However, there are other aspects to grace but one thing can be associated with grace is capacity. Sometimes it is said that one has grace to do something, this usually means that that person has the capacity to do that thing. Our capacities are built in or conferred on us by God; these include talents, gifts and special abilities. If God wants us to grow in grace, it means he wants us to grow our capacities. Grace is not to be wasted or abused but it ought to be harnessed and used productively to serve others and for kingdom advancement. 

Growing in the knowledge of God. Growing in the knowledge requires that we give it time. Whatever you give your time and attention grows. Knowledge doesn’t just come, it often has to be sort after. Seeking knowledge requires passion, desire, diligence, discipline, discomfort, hours of study and spending time with God.  A Christian Leader desiring growth must be intentional; schedule adequate time for it and have a growth plan. Know what it is you want to learn about for instance leadership and diligently seek God’s instruction on it resolving to apply yourself to it at all cost. 

Growing in grace. Usually Christian leaders serve God in one capacity or the other. Having a capacity is not just enough; olive oil is processed before it is used. Growing in grace involves improving on your skills by reading, taking courses, attending trainings, learning from others who have same abilities, continuously seeking out ways to improve on them and by putting them to consistent use. 

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