Qualities of an Evangelical Leader

Greg Strand – March 19, 2012 Leave a comment

–comments by Greg Strand, EFCA Director of Biblical Theology and Credentialing

Iain Murray, John MacArthur, Servant of the Word and Flock (Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 2011).

Murray has written some excellent bibliographies: Jonathan Edwards, John Wesley, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Arthur Pink, David Martyn Lloyd-Jones, John Murray. One of his most recent is on John MacArthur.

As he begins this biography, Murray uses MacArthur’s teaching to emphasize five qualities or marks of an evangelical leader. They are worthy of consideration and emulation!

An evangelical leader is one who leads and guides the lives of others by Scripture as the Word of God.
An evangelical inspires the affection of followers because they learn Christ through him, and see something of Christ in him.
An evangelical leader is a man prepared to be unpopular.
An evangelical leader is one who is awake to the dangers of the times.
An evangelical leader will not direct attention to himself.
It follows that genuine spiritual leadership will lead others to the conclusion: ‘Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but to Your name give glory, because of Your mercy, because of Your truth’ (Psa. 115:1).

Greg Strand


Affectionately called “Walking Bible” by his youngest daughter, Greg Strand has a ministry history that goes back to 1982. Since that time, he has served in local church ministry in a variety of ministry capacities: youth pastor, associate pastor of adult ministries and senior pastor. He is currently the EFCA's Executive Director of Theology and Credentialing. Greg reads voraciously and never stops learning — a passion reflected in the overflowing bookshelves that spill from his library to multiple offices. And he could tell you about each of those books! His hunger for learning pales in contrast to his great love for God and for teaching the Word of God.

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