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7 Attributes of a Godly Leader



As trust for authority figures continues to erode in our culture, what are the essential characteristics that we should look for in good spiritual leaders? Continuing in our series through 1 Thessalonians, Ben Stuart identifies seven crucial attributes that Paul uses to describe a Christian leader and challenges us to embody them in every facet of our lives.

Key Takeaway

Through boldness, sincerity, giving, gentleness, holiness, fatherliness, and staying gospel-centered, we can be effective godly leaders.

  1. Boldness. The content is critical and the proclamation is worth the pain.
  2. Sincerity. Believing in the value of what you're doing and leading authentically without trying to please others.
  3. Giving. Not taking more than you give, and giving because you care.
  4. Gentleness. We can be gentle out of love and care for others.
  5. Holiness. Your holiness should adorn your message, not make it harder.
  6. Fatherliness. Encouraging others and challenging them to move forward.
  7. Staying Gospel-Centered. Repeatedly sharing the Good News from heaven and making it the center of everything we do and say.


"Don't try to make yourself bold. Make yourself good at knowing Him, and then ask Him to create opportunities to love and share the truth with those He has put around you to influence."

Ben Stuart

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Scripture References

  • 1 Thessalonians 2:1-16
Ben Stuart Ben Stuart is the pastor of Passion City Church D.C. Prior to joining Passion City Church, Ben served as the executive director of Breakaway Ministries on the campus of Texas A&M. He also earned a master’s degree in historical theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Donna, live to inspire and equip people to walk with God for a lifetime.