When you talk to a pastor or leader, what is the most important quality you look for? Polished speech? Well-dressed? Charismatic personality? Or, do you examine character traits: integrity, loyalty, honesty, selflessness, or steadfastness? In the pastor’s covenant for Freedom Church, it includes “I will set an example of godliness, maintaining a life of purity, integrity, and truthfulness.” If your church has a pastor’s covenant, I encourage you to read it. What happens when a pastor or leader makes a mistake? Are they quick to admit and address any shortcomings? Character matters. It is hard to trust a selfish, narcissistic leader, even if they occasionally get things right. An insecure pastor or leader intends to harm and humiliate others. Humility and sincerity are crucial to building and maintaining trust.
Philippians 1:17: “Those others do not have pure motives as they preach about Christ. They preach with selfish ambition, not sincerely, intending to make my chains more painful to me.”
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