It has been said, “everything rises and falls on leadership.” This is applicable to the local church. A church is only as healthy as those who are leading it. God calls, prepares, and empowers His servants to follow the Chief Shepherd, and lead others to do the same.
There are great blessings in serving as a pastor in the local church, and there are significant challenges. It is important for men to have formal preparation, as well as practical experience. The local church is central in this process.
A healthy church has a significant opportunity to prepare faithful shepherds. Healthy leaders make for healthy churches.