This past week I had the privilege of introducing Ken Johnson as he spoke to a group of our Foursquare pastors in Gresham. I was reminded of several of the characteristics below as I have sat under Ken’s leadership, in one form or another, for the past 33 years. What I appreciate most about Ken’s leadership is his commitment to be what he is in private, in public. He and his wife Linda have stood in the gap for Suzanne and me and many others over the years because of their integrity. Thank you.
The Position of a Leader: Standing in the Gap
God contrasts the poor leader with the godly leader in Ezekiel 22. The poor leader oppresses and destroys his or her followers, while the godly leader “stands in the gap” on behalf of the land and the people (v. 30). These leaders represent God to the people, and represent the people to God. They serve as “middle- men,” serving God and serving the needs of the people.
This text describes ten traits of the leader God affirms:
– Consecration: They set themselves apart and remain committed to their call.
– Discipline: They do what is right even when it is difficult.
– Servanthood: They model a selfless life, lived for the benefit of others.
– Vision: They see what God sees and live off the power of potential.
– Compassion: Love for their cause and their people moves them to action.
– Trustworthiness: They keep their word regardless of what others do.
– Decisiveness: They make good decisions in a timely manner.
– Wisdom: They think like God thinks and avoid impetuous moves.
– Courage: They take risks for what is right.
– Passion: They demonstrate enthusiasm for their divine calling.
I’m reading the @YouVersion plan ‘The Maxwell Leadership Reading Plan’. Check it out here: http://bible.com/r/GE