The Real Test of Ministry Leadership

Business leaders hold the power of pay over employees.

Educational leaders hold the power of grades over students.

Parents hold the power of consequences over their kids.

However, when ministry leaders work with volunteers, the power dynamics require real leadership —not mere force of power and position.

That's why I contend that working with volunteers represents the real test of ministry leadership.

More specifically, I contend that the real test of ministry leadership is how well volunteers are equipped for the work of service (Ephesians 4:11-12).

In the words of Don Cousins, "If you hold a leadership position but are not equipping the saints for the work of service, then you are not a leader. You may hold the position; you may have the title; you may be called a leader; but you're not a leader as the Bible defines it, because leadership means equipping."

Not sure where to begin when it comes to encouraging and equipping volunteers?


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