by Jeff Lynn

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Great Churches Have Great Leaders - Qualities of Great Leaders (3 of 7)
Series: Good to Great
Jeff Lynn
1 Thessalonians 2:1-3:11
Preached July 26, 2009

VIDEO: “A Leader”


This morning, as we continue our trek through 1 Thessalonians, we are going to look at leadership. If we desire to be a great church, then we need great leadership. We will look at what Paul had to say about himself and his team when they were in Thessalonica.

In the book, “Good to Great,” Jim Collins writes that they were surprised about the type of leadership they discovered in Good to Great companies. I quote,

“We were surprised, shocked really, to discover the type of leadership required for turning a good company into a great one. Compared to high-profile leaders with big personalities who make headlines and become celebrities, the good-to-great leaders seem to have come from Mars. Self-effacing, quiet, reserved, even shy—these leaders are a paradoxical blend of personal humility and professional will. They are more like Lincoln and Socrates than Patton or Caesar.”
-Jim Collins
Good to Great

Many times we have a picture in our mind when we think of an ideal leader: charismatic personality, visionary, motivator, etc.
Even when it comes to a pastor, we probably all have in mind what would be ideal.

Here’s one person’s example of an ideal pastor:
He preaches exactly 20 minutes and then sits down.
He condemns sin, but never hurts anyone’s feelings. He works from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. in every type of work, from preaching to taxi service. He makes 60 dollars a week, but wears good clothes, buys good books regularly, has a nice family, drives a good car, and gives 30 dollars out of those 60 he makes a week to the church. He also stands ready to contribute to every good work that comes along.
He is 26 years old and has been preaching for 30 years. He is tall and short, thin and heavyset, plain-looking but handsome. He has one brown ...

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