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Issue #18: How to Choose Leaders

Faithful & Fruitful Pastoring

I run our recovery ministry. This week, my team was presented with an opportunity to help lead a local halfway house. By lead, I mean install our own board members and direct the ministry. It’s a big responsibility.

Leadership is always an important task; which means, choosing the right leaders to serve with you is crucial. As I am thinking through who should be on this board, this is how I am approaching the job of finding the people who will serve.


Above all else, I want people with good, godly character. Look at the elder and deacon qualifications in Scripture. Paul is focused primarily on finding men with character. You can teach skills and hone chemistry. Rarely can you impart character.



The next matter that concerns me is chemistry. Will this person be a good fit with other team members? They might be the godliest person you know and have all the skills, but if they don’t fit contextually and culturally with your current leaders, it’s not going to work out. You want someone whose personality gels with your group.


The ability to do the job is important. You can’t have someone on your team that is unable to execute. But I will say this, if they have chemistry and character, but they lack in competency, I might give them a shot anyways. The first two attributes are non-negotiables and hard to find. If they’re willing to learn, taking time to invest in them and teach them the job may be worth your time and extra effort in the long run.

Here’s some other things to keep in mind.

  1. Don’t create an echo chamber. Install leaders who are willing to be honest. Don’t look for yes men.
  2. Hire to your weaknesses. You don’t need someone who can do all the things you’re already good at. Hire people who like doing the things you hate and the things you’re not good at.
  3. Don’t be afraid of diversity. Keep chemistry and culture in mind, but also don’t be afraid to have a diverse group of leaders. This will serve you well when it's time to serve others, make decisions and be creative.

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