When looking for a leader or potential leader within the church plant, one of the main things I look for is character.
Here are some of my favorite quotes on character:
"Character is what a man is in the dark." Dwight Moody
"No one can win a race with intermittent effort. Christlikeness cannot be reached with that kind of effort either—it is an ongoing pursuit. So Paul says, "Let us keep living by that same standard to which we have attained" (Phil. 3:16). The Greek verb translated "keep living" refers to walking in line. Just as a runner must stay in his lane and keep up the same effort until he reaches the finish, you must stay in line spiritually and keep moving forward toward the goal of Christlikeness." - John MacArthur
"No man can climb out beyond the limitations of his own character." John Morley
"God's call to be holy, as he is holy, is a general summons to live by his revealed precepts and prohibitions, as embodying the loves and hates which make up his character and which his ways with us will always express; Christ's call to follow his example is a specific summons to unlimited self-humbling, and giving of ourselves without restraint, in order to relieve others' needs and make them great, which is what true love is all about." J.I. Packer
"Mountaintops inspire leaders but valleys mature them." Winston Churchill
"The highest reward for man’s toil is not what he gets for it but what he becomes by it." John Ruskin
"Good character is more to be praised than outstanding talent. Most talents are to some extent a gift. Good character, by contrast, is not given to us. We have to build it piece by piece—by thought, choice, courage and determination." John Luther
Many would think the most important trait would be competence. I believe some things are taught and other traits like character have developed over a period of time.
What's the difference between capable and competence? Answer: Competence is when a person can demonstrate with certainty, over time, that they will succeed in or perform Capably.
Im a husband to Tonya, father to my 3 kids and a church planter. I pastor Church at the Creek in Anderson Creek NC and oversee a small network of churches called Open Arms International Ministries. You can visit our main website @ www.oaim.net. We have short term mission opportunities in the Philippines throughout the summer months.