“Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be MATURE in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.” Ephesians 4:11-13
Obviously, one of our primary responsibilities as Spiritual Leaders is to build other MATURE Christian leaders ! Webster’s defines “Maturity” as…
“Having or showing the mental and emotional qualities of an adult: having a fully grown or developed body: grown to full size: having reached a final or desired state.”
Q What should a mature Christian Leader really look like? Q What kind of maturity should an 18-year-old college intern, who’s studying to be Youth Pastor, display or be working toward? Q What scale do I use to effectively equip my middle school & High school summer interns to grow in & be mature in the Lord?
In wrestling with these questions, I have found that there are at least 3 essential foundations for building mature leaders…
Spiritual Maturity (2 Peter 1:5-9)
– Possesses a prayer life
– Has fellowship with believers
– Meditates on the Word
– Shares the Gospel
– Serves using Spiritual gifts
– Displays the fruit of the Spirit
Emotional Maturity (Romans 12:10-11)
– Emotionally stable
– Pleasant to be around
– Good attitude
– Speaks life
– Honors authority
– Is trustworthy
– Makes the leader & team look good
Dependable Maturity (Genesis 39:2-6)
– Communicates well with the leader & team
– Takes ownership of responsibilities
– Works hard
– Is prepared
– Is prompt
– Serves with excellence
– Brings peace of mind to the leader
Often a young leader may be mature in one or two of these areas, but be very immature in another. For example, I’ve had youth leaders & interns who were very hard workers & always prompt (Dependable Maturity), but often struggled to have a good attitude (Emotional immaturity). Other leaders enjoy studying the scriptures & love to worship (Spiritual Maturity), but struggle to honor authority (Emotional Maturity) or serve with excellence (Dependable Maturity).
Q How can we as Christian Leaders grow to fuller maturity in these areas?
Q How can we better equip the emerging leaders under our care to grow to maturity in these areas?