Although vision requires visionaries, it is important to keep a healthy perspective of what a godly visionary looks like. According to the Bible, a church leader should at a minimum be humble, self-controlled, and capable of teaching and leading (Acts 6:1-9; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; 2 Timothy 2:1-13; Titus 1:5-9). More importantly, church leaders must be full of faith and full of the Holy Spirit. In fact, one could argue that it is the fullness of the Spirit that allows a leader to demonstrate any of the qualifications and guiding principles for church leadership (Galatians 5:22-23). By the way, a strong personality, charismatic charm, and the ability to draw a crowd are nowhere to be found in the New Testament qualifications for church leadership. Humility, selflessness, and a servant’s posture? Yeah, those are right at the top of the list!
Do not get me wrong, the recent emphasis on vision and effective communication in leadership has helped the Church deal with decline and stagnation on a numerical sense. Perhaps an emphasis on the biblical qualifications and guiding principles for church leadership may decrease the occurrences of ego driven moral failure amongst church leaders. Perhaps we will change the world once again when we take the focus of our personality-driven ecclesial preferences.
Vision is a good thing, but it is not the only thing.
*This post is a modification of this article: Serrano, C. (2014). Intoxicating Leadership: Leading Under the Influence. Virtual Conference on Moral Leadership, Regent University