Last week our executive pastor gave our staff a great talk about being a leader who is leadable from the story of the faith of the centurion. Here are 7 characteristics he gives of a leadable leader:

1 When Jesus had finished saying all this to the people who were listening, he entered Capernaum. 2 There a centurion’s servant, whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die. 3 The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant. 4 When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, “This man deserves to have you do this, 5 because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue.”

6 So Jesus went with them. He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: “Lord, don’t trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. 7 That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. 8 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

9 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, “I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.” 10 Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well. – Luke 7:1-10 (NIV)

1. He is caring and compassionate about others (vs 2)

2. He recognized he wasn’t the answer to every problem (vs 3)

3. He looked for others to partner with (vs 3)

4. He partnered with others to reach their goals (vs 4-5)

5. He was generous and sacrificial with his resources and time (vs 4-5)

6. He doesn’t presume his own importance (vs 6-7)

7. He was willing to submit to those in authority over him (vs 8)

Which characteristic of a leadable leader do you need to work on the most right now?


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