Has visionizing capacity:

Generates visions, initiates plans, builds significant projects from the ground floor up.

Intrinsic motivation:

Demonstrates the ability to be a self‐starter who works with diligence and excellence.

Empowers others to lead:

Passes on the baton of ministry so that others can continue the race.

Reaches the unchurched:

Consistently reaches out and influences people toward a relationship with Christ and the church.

Has spousal cooperation:

If married, has a spouse that is committed to collaborating in marriage and in ministry.

Effectively builds relationships:

Evidences the ability to meet new people and engage them in relationships.

Committed to church growth:

Embraces growing the church, numerically and spiritually, and implements church growth principles effectively.

Responsive to the community:

Understands local communities and implements culturally responsive ministries.

Utilizes the giftedness of others:

Assesses, develops, and releases others to serve in their area of giftedness.

Flexible and adaptable:

Negotiates change successfully while staying centered on the overall vision.

Builds cohesive groups:  

Orchestrates widely differing people to function as a unified body.


Stays the course in the face of major setbacks, disappointments, and opposition.

Exercises faith:

Evidences a strong, vital relationship with God and willingly takes significant faith risks.

These 13 characteristics were developed by Charles Ridley.