6 Characteristics of Nepal's Leaders

By Ivan Veldhuizen

I was reminded of the irreplaceable value of leadership on my recent visit to Nepal. In the past 18 months Converge has been a part of helping to start 856 churches in this country. The really good news is that this pace will accelerate because of the commitment to implement strategies of effective multiplication. Key to this is how they carry out their day-to-day leadership roles in this needy nation. Let me highlight a few characteristics:

  • They are authentically humble and dependent upon the Lord. They live this every day. With so little by way of resources, education and high-powered connections, they embrace the privilege of serving Jesus and do it with utter dependence upon him.
  • They are single-focused. Jesus told them to make disciples, and nothing distracts them from this great calling. Not earthquakes, poverty, sickness, threats to their lives or extreme difficulty in accomplishing their task. Nothing distracts them from what they know they are called to do.
  • They live by faith every day. This is demonstrated by simple, but confident, prayers—ones that often get answered in miraculous ways. This propels them to attempt things most people would think insane, often resulting in mind-blowing accomplishments for the kingdom.
  • They are selfless servants. I don’t overstate this. I’m stunned by the sacrifices these leaders make for those they are leading. They live a lifestyle of daily adaptation for the good of those they serve. This involves teaching them, caring for them, bringing them places, providing food and shelter and following through with what they said they would do.
  • They are extremely generous. One leader who was with our group most of the week provides partial salaries for 38 pastors—and that out of his own hard-earned money. On top of this, he has taken in five orphans and is raising them in his home. This is characteristic of all of the Nepalese leaders. They are truly generous, though they have very little.
  • They are committed to strategies of multiplication. Every church planter must have at least one other future church planter he or she is mentoring. This person is expected to plant a church in the next 12 to 24 months—and he too must be mentoring at least one future church planter when he begins his church. One church we visited had 15 church planters in training. This particular church, and its daughter and granddaughter churches, has already planted 120 other churches in the past six years. They are committed to multiplication and have figured out how to make that happen in practical everyday ways.

Although none of us are in Nepal, the principles above work in every location. Great movements of God are always led by great men and women of God. Leadership is not a nice-sounding sound bite, but the critical ingredient that often determines the difference between Christian activity and significant
kingdom impact.

Are you leading well? Is there a leadership practice above that will elevate your leader quotient? “For those called to lead, let them lead well.” (Rom. 12:8) 



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