I have had the opportunity in the past to serve in a few “leadership” positions in the church (Young Women’s Presidency, mostly). Every time I have served in these capacities, I have always learned a lot. Recently, I have had experiences that have made me think a lot about church government – especially leadership.
I have to admit, there have been times that I’ve been frustrated. Sometimes I think that we want to treat the church like a business. I can see why – the organization lends itself to a business mind. There is a clear structure and hierarchy. However, this doesn’t mean it is a business. People aren’t called to serve because of their leadership skills. Women aren’t called to be Visiting Teaching Supervisors because they know how to get results. In the church, we don’t hand in resumes and expect to be put into positions based on our education and experience.
That being said, the Lord has stated a list of qualifications for those who are to be called to serve:
“And faith, hope, charity and love, with an eye single to the glory of God, qualify him for the work.
Remember faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, brotherly kindness, godliness, charity, humility, diligence.” – Doctrine and Covenants 4:5-6
If we want to serve God, then we must do what we can to qualify for His work, but his list of qualifications are not the same kind that we would learn about in a business class. In order to qualify, we need to become saints.
Knowing this information brings me a lot of peace. It helps me to remember that I can sustain leaders who may not be great at leadership. Instead, they may be great saints. While some leaders may not be great at time management or communicating schedules, they may be great at what really matters: like faith, hope, or charity.
Above all, I feel like understanding these qualifications will help me in all of the ways that I serve the Lord – both in my callings at church, and in my life-long calling as mother. As I look through the list, I can only imagine how much better my service would be if I could do a better job cultivating these traits.