I have been asked many times over the years what characteristics we look for in potential leaders (both paid staff and volunteer leadership) at Calvary Church. There are four non-negotiables that I personally look for...
#1: A passion and hunger for God and at the same time a deep love and care for people. Jesus didn't separate these two things and nor should we...especially as we look for godly leaders to serve God's people in the local church.
#2: A humble, servant heart. Is this individual eager and joyful about doing the tasks no one else wants to do? Do they prefer being unnoticed for their service and good deeds rather than being noticed and praised by others for them? This is a huge indicator of what is going on in the heart. True humility before God and people must be a non-negotiable.
#3: A hard worker. Bottom line is that ministry is hard work and it takes much sacrifice...physically, spiritually, and emotionally. If an individual is lazy or constantly making excuses vs. faithfully and joyfully working "as unto the Lord," not only does this create tension among other leaders but the congregation will lose respect for them and as a result simply won't follow their lead. A person must count the cost of ministry leadership and be willing to work hard for the glory of God and the good of the church.
#4: A team player who encourages others. Is this person aligned with the vision, mission, doctrine, and values, which are non-negotiables at Calvary Church? Do they seek to humbly work alongside others, encouraging the heck out of them vs. seeing them as a threat of some kind? At Calvary, we are a family and as leaders we must play as a team and lead as a team. A lone ranger is not what we are looking for in a leader. A fun, loving, encouraging, humble, hard working lover of Jesus and people is the kind of individual we want on our leadership team.
While perhaps others could be added, these 4 stand at the top of the list at our church. Hopefully this can be helpful to you if you lead a ministry and are trying to figure out the non-negotiables to be looking for in leadership.