A Good Leader is Impossible to Hide

(the continuing story of partnership and your deacon team)

What does a leader look like? What qualities does he possess?

Is it his magnetic personality or commanding presence?

Is it his way with words, or his visionary thinking?


The Bible makes it clear that good leaders are impossible to disguise. In our passage a few weeks ago, we were reminded of this truth from 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 which says, “We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work.” That word “respect” is the word “to know,” or “to understand.” It carries the idea that leadership is recognizable, active, and distinctive. Leaders will lead whether or not they have a title. They sense the gifting of the Holy Spirit, the call of God on their life, and the inner passion to love the people that God has put in their path, regardless of position or title.