Leadership expectations

At the end of last year we spent some time reviewing leadership within our network with a view to identifying new leaders and training needs. As part of that process I put together a document stating our expectations of leaders. Here’s what I came up with. You can download these leadership expectations as a PDF file.


1. Character

Leaders love Jesus, delight in his grace, manage their own households well,
and walk in daily faith and repentance so that their lives are an example to others.

1 Timothy 3:1-7 (Titus 1:7-8)

Potential Indicators

(These indicators are not a checklist that people must ‘pass’. They are an aid to assessing a person’s potential as a leader and a description of the kind of leaders we aspire to be.)

1.     Do they show joy, excitement, confidence, awe and gratitude when they talk about Jesus?

2.     Are they confessing sin and welcoming accountability?

3.     Are they respected by believers and unbelievers?

4.     Does their mood affect their conduct?

5.     Do they serve their wives so that their wives flourish spiritually and in ministry?

6.     Do their children respect them?

7.     Are they slow to contradict other people? Are they rarely in quarrels? Do they confront people with gentleness and humility?

Do they have a living confidence that: contrary indicators
God is great –
so we do not have to be in control
they are over-bearing

they are inflexible or risk averse

they are impatient with people

they avoid responsibility

God is glorious –
so we do not have to fear others
they avoid confrontation

they crave approval

they behave differently around certain people

they pretend or hide their true self

God is good –
so we do not have to look elsewhere
they feel ministry is a burden

they often complain

they make people feel a burden of duty

they don’t stick at things

God is gracious –
so we do not have to prove ourselves
they take criticism and failure badly

they find it hard to relax

they are proud or envy the success of others

they make people feel guilty


2. Bible

Leaders know and can teach the gospel to small groups and one-to-one,
explaining the Bible, applying the Bible and addressing people’s hearts.

1 Timothy 3:2 (Titus 1:9-11)

Potential Indicators

1.     Do they know the Bible story?

2.     Are they constantly concerned to submit to the authority of the Bible?

3.     Do their contributions to Bible studies show a good understanding of the passage?

4.     Do their contributions to Bible studies show a concern to build up others?

5.     Do their contributions to Bible studies show an ability to draw out practical implications?

6.     Are they often speaking the gospel into other people’s lives?

7.     Do they address the beliefs and affections of people’s hearts as well as their behaviour?


3. Vision
Leaders are enthusiastically committed to the vision expressed in our ten core values
and live that vision by practicing our five rhythms.

Ephesians 4:11-16 (Titus 2:1-15)

Potential Indicators

1.     Are they enthusiastic about our ten core values?

2.     Are they able to explain the values to others?

3.     Do their contributions to team discussions reflect an understanding of the values?

4.     Do they make decisions with regard to the community and consult over major decisions?

5.     Do they take responsibility when other leaders are absent?

6.     Do they use the language of ‘we’ and ‘our’ when they talk about our network?

7.     Are they involved in mission? Do they have friends who are unbelievers?


4. Servanthood

Leaders take responsibility for the life of the church
at the expense of their own interests and agendas.

1 Peter 5:1-5 (Philippians 2:1-5)

Potential Indicators

1.     Are they eager to serve and do they serve without complaining?

2.     Do they show submission to, and respect for, existing leaders and the wider community?

3.     Do they lead in prayer and contribute to discussions?

4.     Do they avoid making general discussions about their issues?

5.     Do they show a concern for other people’s walk with God?

6.     Are they generous with their time and money?

7.     Are they regularly showing hospitality?


A leader won’t feel overwhelmed by these expectations, nor self-confident, because they have living knowledge of:

*  God’s grace – which means we can acknowledge our failures without having to prove ourselves

*  God’s power – which gives us true confidence


12 thoughts on “Leadership expectations

  1. I’ll be printing this up tomorrow not only for myself, but also for the other elders.

    (But first–is repentance in order?)

  2. That is an excellent expression of leadership characteristics.

    It is very encouraging to see a lack of secondary issues on your list. Bravo.

  3. This is really helpful – I found the first section on character particularly challenging. It is a very useful & clear articulation of why gospel fueled leaders are a biblical necessity.

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