I think ministers, above all persons, ought to be much in secret prayer and fasting and also much in prayer and fasting one with another. It seems to me it would becoming the circumstances of the present day, if ministers in a neighbourhood would often meet together and spend days in fasting and fervent prayer among themselves, earnestly seeking for those extraordinary supplies of divine grace from heaven that we need at this day.
Building team, great management, and building consensus are all valid aspects of leadership, but overstate these and you are left with a generation of Ers instead of Lead-ers. And true to their name they wander around saying ‘er, um, er’ instead of giving a bold and rousing lead.
Most churches make the mistake of selecting as leaders the confident, the competent, and the successful. But what you most need in a leader is someone who has been broken by the knowledge of his or her sin, and even greater knowledge of Jesus’ costly grace. The number one leaders in every church ought to be the people who repent the most fully without excuses, because you don’t need any now; the most easily without bitterness; the most publicly and the most joyfully. They know their standing isn’t based on their performance.