DEV 08PN Church Leadership (Character)

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Session 8: Church Leadership (Character)

In this session, you will discover what the Bible has to say about the type of leadership Jesus desires for the church by learning about the next two responsibilities of a leader: shepherding and being an example of growing in character.

Heart of a Leader

  1. What are you learning about abiding in Christ? How are you practicing abiding through His Word, prayer, obedience, PCS, relationships and fellowship?
  2. In what areas of your life do you find it challenging to obey God?
  3. What unresolved conflict do you have?
  4. In what areas are you believing God by faith, beyond your own ability?

Celebration of Faithfulness

  • Share what has happened since the last meeting. Ask them to relate it to goals from the last meeting.

Iron on Iron: Sharpening Myself and Others

Proverbs 27:17 “As iron sharpens iron, one man sharpens another.”

  1. What is going well?
  2. What is not going well? What obstacles are you facing?
  3. What are possible solutions from the other group members?
  4. What do you need to do to add the missing characteristics into each group?
  5. Where will you start a new group or church this month?

Discovery Bible Study – Character of Leaders

Section 1: Responsibility #2: Shepherding Believers

Care For: Matthew 9:35-36; Philippians 2:3-4; 1 Thessalonians 5:14

Watch Over/Protect: Acts 20:27-31; 1 Peter 5:1-2

    • What caught your attention? (or What did you like best?) Why?
    • Why must a shepherd guard his sheep?
    • What can we learn from Jesus and Paul about shepherding people?


Section 2: Responsibility #3: Be an example

Titus 1:5-11

    • Why do you think that the requirements of a church leader are more about character than about skills?

A. Family that is honoring the Lord (1:6)

Husband of one wife: Titus 1:6; 1 Timothy 3:2

Children believe and behave: Titus 1:6; 1 Timothy 3:4-5

Father’s responsibilities: Ephesians 5:33-6:4

    • What caught your attention? (or What did you like best?) Why?
    • What if a new follower of Christ is no longer a husband of one wife?
    • How can leaders manage their families?


B. Blameless Life (1:7-8)

Character of godly leaders: Titus 1:7-8

Love of Money: 1 Timothy 3:3; 1 Timothy 6:6-10; Matthew 6:33

    • What caught your attention? (or What did you like best?) Why?
    • How can a leader develop each of these qualities?


C. Holding strong to the words of truth in the Scriptures (1:9-11)

Faithful to the Word: Titus 1:9-11

Able to Teach: 1 Timothy 3:2

Don’t Argue: 2 Timothy 2:23-26

    • What did you like best? Why?
    • Why it is important that a leader hold firm to the truths he has learned from the Scriptures?

Lesson Summary:

Preparing for Mission

Evaluate your strengths and weaknesses in the two responsibilities of a leader discussed: shepherding believers and being a godly example by growing in character. Make a plan how you can improve.

  • In what ways are you caring for and watching over those you lead?
  • How they can further develop each trait.

I will ____________ by _________