The Leader I Want to Be


Today, welcomes guest writer, Andrew Bennett. Andrew is a Resident Minister in the Cross Church School of Ministry serving in the Preteen Ministry, Springdale Campus. He is from Little Rock, Arkansas and graduated from the University of Arkansas.

In the first few months of my experience in the School of Ministry we have focused on the topic of leadership. A lot of what I have learned, thus far, ties into what it takes to be a good leader and how to carry it out. This is not only publicly in a role as a future minister of the gospel but privately, at home with friends and family. I know there are many characteristics in which I need to grow in order to have more potential reach as a leader. I hope to look back at this one day and see how I have grown in my leadership ability in my role for advancing God’s kingdom, and in turn, share what I think makes a good leader.

When I think of great leaders in my life, they are all on fire for Christ. I think for anyone to be the best leader they can be, they must first be the best follower they can be. If I am not giving up every aspect of my life daily to the Lord, spending time with Him, and following Him, then I am not being the best leader I can be. I want to be a leader who truly lets Christ be my guide in all that I do.

I want to also be a leader who is full of humility and serves well, as I believe these two characteristics go hand in hand. In order to have a heart of service one must humble themselves to be willing to do any necessary task at any time. While there is a time and place for delegation, if one is never willing to do the menial work or show others how to do the tasks delegated to them, how can they expect to win respect or expect people to do the task they have been assigned. I believe that when a leader serves alongside others, it wins respect and makes the leader relatable rather than unapproachable. I want to reflect Jesus as a leader, as He humbled himself to come and live on this earth to die on the cross for our sins. I cannot help but think He was able to be all things to all people because He was humble and had a servant’s heart above all else.

The next characteristic I want to carry with me, no matter where I go, is organization. I am certainly not the most organized person right now, but am trying to improve immediately. If I am more organized whether it is at home or in the workplace, I hope that it would maximize my time rather than waste it. The less organized I am at work the more it bleeds into home life. As well, the less organized I am at home the more it bleeds into work. When this happens my time in each place becomes shorter. While there may always be something to do, I believe better organization will help me accomplish tasks in a more efficient matter so I do not get behind. This will allow me to give more effort to everything I do.

I want to be a leader who surrounds myself with great people. The people who you surround yourself with have the greatest influence on you. I want the people I surround myself with to have positive influence not only with me, helping me reach my goals in advancing Gods kingdom, but also with others so that they may be built up and sent out from our ministry.

Lastly, I hope to be a person who has fun, is passionate and relatable. When a someone shows passion for what they are doing, they have fun with it and in turn it makes them more relatable to those they are leading. In my time at Cross Church Springdale I have noticed there are a lot of great leaders around me, and it is evident that they have fun and are passionate about what they are doing.

The leader I desire to be is man who first lets God be my guide, has humility, has a servant’s heart, is organized, surrounds myself with great people, has fun, and is passionate and relatable.