Over the last 30 years while serving in the ministry, first as a volunteer on a Launch Team then as an Associate Pastor in that church plant, then as a church planter and Lead Pastor of Journey. (Ive been a part of only two churches in the last 30 years) I've discovered that there are several leadership qualities that are absolutely essential to success but are nearly impossible to teach. The student must grasp, develop and practice these on his own. I'm certain this list may grow as I learn more about leadership but as of today here are the top 4 character traits that are essentially unteachable but necessary for becoming a great leader:
These 4 character traits spell out the word STAR as an acronym. Each leader that discovers, develops and deploys these traits will be head and shoulders above all the rest. Each of these traits take years to develop and properly utilize. But they are well worth the efforts.
Journey Fellowship Church gives out a monthly STAR Award to a member of our GO Team who exhibit these leadership traits. The GO Team is our volunteer leadership team who serves on the Journey Campuses. Currently we are approaching 500 members on the GO Team. We plan several big events throughout the year to honor these amazing people who STAR in the Lord's work.
Serving in the ministry can be a daunting task, because the combination of high stress responsibilities mixed with underwhelming anonymity can be toxic. It's in the discovery of these 4 character traits that brings balance to a persons life. Servant-Heated, Teachable, Available, Reliable. These four traits when fully mature bring health to a leaders soul. Healthy leaders are STAR's.