Performance-Based Standing?

“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.”

Tim Keller

HT: Jared C. Wilson


  1. I suppose the underlying question/criticism here is whether Christian churches too often look for leadership characteristics more fitting for the execs of Fortune 500 companies.

  2. Maybe churches mirror government and culture a little too closely in general, not just in the area of choosing leaders.

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