Leadership Development

The longevity of each local church is closely tied to the quality of the congregation's leaders. There are a few key elements that help ensure the quality of our candidates.
  • Character first: The most important qualification for church leadership is character. Many church disasters have been caused by valuing a man's business success over his moral character. The thinking goes like this: "He's a great leader. Let's teach him Christian values and make him great Christian leader." But it is much harder change a man's character than to teach him leadership skills! It is a slow and painfully error-prone process. It takes years, if not decades, to mold a man's character. We have found that by choosing character first, the church leadership is on a much more solid footing. Our thinking goes like this: "He is a man of sound Christian character. Let's teach him leadership skills and give him the opportunity to test himself in this area. If a church leader has leadership flaws, those are easily repaired. But if a church leader has character flaws, those usually lead to disaster.
  • Passion for Christ: My personal life goal is to conduct my life and ministry in such a manner that every three years, twelve men would become so passionate for Christ that nothing could every turn them away or diminish their love for him. Men that live and breath their relationship with Christ, that overflow with His truth and mercy, these are the men that fulfill the biblical requirements for leadership.
  • A teachable spirit: Pride is one of the root sins that stunt spiritual growth on a personal level and at the congregational level. Prideful leaders can kill the local congregation in the space of one generation. But the "attitude of Christ" (Phil. 2) is a healing balm of humility that overflows in love and service that edifies the church.
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Roger participated in the ordination and installation of elders in Santiago

We are constantly on a stretch, if not on a strain, to devise new methods, new plans, new organizations to advance the Church and secure enlargement and efficiency for the gospel. This trend of the day has a tendency to lose sight of the man or sink the man in the plan or organization. God's plan is to make much of the man, far more of him than of anything else. Men are God's method. The Church is looking for better methods; God is looking for better men. … When Paul appeals to the personal character of the men who rooted the gospel in the world, he solves the mystery of their success. The glory and efficiency of the gospel is staked on the men who proclaim it. … What the Church needs today is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more and novel methods, but men whom the Holy Ghost can use — men of prayer, men mighty in prayer. The Holy Ghost does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men — men of prayer.
E.M Bounds, Power Through Prayer

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Let me just add a big AMEN to that! A man of prayer exhibits the three initial factors we look for in a potential leader. A man of prayer is a man of sound character. A man of prayer has a passion for Christ. A man of prayer has a teachable spirit. This is the kind of man that God uses mightily in the Church.