Nine Questions to Ask Yourself to See If You Are Really Leading as a Christian Leader

Chuck Lawless
Chuck Lawless

Many of us find ourselves in leadership positions, but we wonder sometimes if we’re really leading. And, frankly, sometimes there are folks around us who also wonder if we’re leading.

Here are a nine questions to ask yourself to see if you’re really leading as a Christian leader.

1. If others knew my life intimately, would they want to follow me?

This question, of course, covers the “Christian” part of Christian leadership. If you’re not living in such a way that you model Christ (1 Cor. 11:1), you’re not leading as a Christian should.

2. Am I uncomfortable with the status quo?

Even when things are going well, strong leaders are always praying about and seeking the next steps to accomplish God’s best. If you’re comfortable with where you and your church are, you might be in maintenance mode rather than leadership mode.

3. Do I have a picture of a bright future?

This question is the vision question. If you aren’t able to see what God might want to do through your ministry in the future — or if you’ve simply given up on the future — you’re probably reacting more than leading.

4. Do I see people as God’s gift or as a means to an end?

If people are just a means to an end, we will use them rather than lead them — and that’s unchristian. When we see them as God’s gift, we will lead them to walk with Him and experience His best. How do you see your congregation?

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