Is Leadership a Spiritual Gift?
When it comes to leadership within the church, we always look to the Pastor. He is the one who is charged by God to lead congregants into all truth by preaching (exhorting) from the Scriptures. In Romans 12:8, Paul says, “He who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.” The Greek word used for “lead” is proïstēmi and is translated as “rule or set over,” but it literally means “to stand before, to lead, or attend to.” This word proïstēmi is also found in 1 Timothy 5:17, in reference to elders, “let the elders that rule….” It is also used regarding family, where a man “rules” over his household (1 Timothy 3:4, 12; 1 Timothy 3:5), with the understanding of what the word means - “to stand before, lead, or attend to.” In other words, ruling is not dictatorial.
The Gift of Exhortation
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