Central Baptist Church of Southington Connecticut


The Pastor Is the Leader

  • Jim Townsley
  • Jun 26, 2019

There are many important roles of the pastor but the one that I believe is the most important role is that of leadership. Dr. Lee Roberson often stated, “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” The ability to lead and challenge people is the greatest asset a man of God can possess. Some people seem to be born with leadership abilities but spiritual leadership is a learned skill which every preacher can experience. Great things can be accomplished for the work of the ministry when a church is led by a spiritual man of God.  

There are many examples in the Bible of men who were great leaders. Moses stands out above all the men of the Old Testament. He was strong and yet humble. With God’s power upon him he was able to lead over two million people to the Promised Land. Our society needs more men like Moses who would “rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;” Hebrews 11:25. Nehemiah also showed great skill by leading Israel to accomplish what at the time seemed impossible, rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. Nehemiah was willing to leave the king’s house in order to help the people of God. There are many traits in the life of Nehemiah that can help every pastor.

When God has a big job to do He looks for a man who is willing to follow Him. Committees are necessary; however they will never provide leadership and vision to the church. This remains the primary job of the pastor. In order to be a leader the pastor must seek and receive God’s direction for the church and then convince members to follow his leading. To be a leader means that you have followers. If you don’t have followers you are not a good leader. Without leadership the church can become stagnate and perhaps even die. As someone has said, “Many churches are over organized and under led.” Leadership is the key to building a strong church. Leadership is the single greatest need among our youth today. Where are the leaders of the future?

            Leadership involves risk. There may be someone who will not follow you and perhaps they may even be critical of your decisions. This risk of criticism is always present and a true leader must have the courage to go forward even during difficult times. The real test of a man’s leadership ability will always be revealed during times of adversity. Hebrews chapter eleven reveals men of faith who, when faced with great challenges, obeyed God’s command and overcame great adversity. The reason some men choose not to be strong a leader is the fear of man. The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe. Proverbs 29:25.  Men pleasers will never be great leaders! So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. Hebrews 13:6 

Of course good leaders must make good decisions and if you, as the leader, continually make poor decisions you will have few followers. To acquire followers the preacher must earn their respect. Time and experience are both necessary to develop the skills of leadership. One event does not develop great leadership skills. Leadership is learned through faithfulness during periods of adversity over an extended period of time. There is more to leadership than bossing people around. True godly leadership is the key to success for every pastor. You can be strong and loving at the same time. In fact both qualities are needed by every leader.