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21 Questions Leaders Must Wrestle With

The Lord blew my mind one particular day when I was reading through the book of James.

And I discovered some leadership questions we should all think about & pray through.

1. Do I understand who I am? James 1:1

Notice James didn’t identify himself as the brother of Jesus...but rather His servant!

2. Do I understand that ministry IS NOT easy? James 1:2-4

When the writer BEGINS with these verses that’s a big time sign!

3. Do I understand that I am not alone in leadership—that the Lord is with me in this journey,

and when I don’t know what to do, He does? James 1:5

4. Do you think that James is trying to get a point across—it’s not going to be easy—but we

are called to be “in it to win it”? James 1:12

5. Do I understand it’s not IF I am tempted, but when—and IF I give into it then something

WILL die? James 1:13-15

6. Do I understand that everything good I have is a gift from God? James 1:16-18

7. How many bad decisions, arguments, and misunderstandings could be avoided if we all

simply memorized and applied James 1:19-20? (Also see James 1:26.)

8. Do I understand the best example I can set as a leader is to live out God’s Word? James


9. Do I understand that showing favoritism WILL be a temptation, and I must always war

against it? James 2:1-4

10. Do I understand that I am called to live and lead by faith—and if I am not taking steps of

faith in my life and ministry then my faith is DEAD? James 2:14-26

11. Do I understand the weight of James 3:1?

12. Do I fully understand that when I become envious and selfish, it is simply the beginning

of the end? James 3:13-18

13. Do I have the proper motives in regards to leading this ministry? James 4:1-3

14. Am I being opposed by God, or is He offering me grace? James 4:6

15. Am I using my platform to falsely attack, accuse, and twist people’s words around?

James 4:11-12

16. Do I understand my days are numbered, I’ve got one shot at this life, and I need to do all

that I can to honor the One who called me? James 4:13-17

17. Do I understand that there are seasons of growth and seasons of preparation—and in

those seasons of preparation I should not become impatient but rather wait on God? James


18. Do I understand that integrity HAS to be a priority in my life and ministry? James 5:12

19. Do I understand that I cannot do this alone—that I need accountability in my life? James


20. Do I fully comprehend James 5:17-18—that Elijah was just like one of us?

He literally called fire down from heaven! He prayed for rain...and it rained! I want THAT kind

of faith!

21. Do I understand that ministry is messy—that I am called and expected to have tough

conversations with the person that the Lord places on my heart, but in doing so the

potential is unlimited? James 5:19-20

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