When is a leader like a city set on a hill?

When she understands that the key characteristics she displays, like a city set on a hill, greatly influence those around her.

Pastor Ché and I have co-authored a booklet on apostolic centers entitled “The City Set on a Hill: Building World-Class Apostolic Centers.” In the booklet, Pastor Ché sets forth the Apostolic Center’s (AKA “the City’s”) primary characteristics.

The City Set on a Hill:

  1. Upholds love as its highest priority,
  2. Knows the ways of God,
  3. Is full of the wisdom of God,
  4. Does everything with excellence, and
  5. Lets her light shine throughout Her city.

These are wonderful characteristics for us to display as leaders.

1. Love: With love as our highest priority, we esteem others more highly than ourselves and we are able to be great by being the servant of others.

To be the greatest, be a servant.” ~ Matthew 23:11 (TLB)

2. Ways of God: Paul prayed in Colossians 1 that we would be filled with the knowledge of God’s will. By knowing the will and ways of God, we walk worthy of our Lord, become fruitful in our work and increase in our knowledge of the Father.

3. Wisdom of God: When Solomon asked God for wisdom, it was not for selfish reasons.

‘Now give me wisdom and knowledge,’ he said. ‘To rule [the people] properly, for who is able to govern by himself such a great nation as this one of yours?'” ~ 2 Chronicles 2:10 (TLB)

Being filled with the wisdom of God allows us to lead more effectively.

4. Excellence: Performing all of our tasks with excellence—large and small, those with big impacts and those with small impacts, those that are seen by multitudes and those that will never be seen by anyone—mark us as leaders with character. John Wooden is credited with saying, “The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.”

5. A Shining Light: As leaders, part of our influence is because of our position as role models. By letting our light shine—“Let your good deeds glow for all to see, so that they will praise your heavenly Father”–we are better able to influence people to good outcomes.

These five characteristics or qualities help us to live out our destiny as sons and daughters called out to influence people to good outcomes.


Speaking of leading well, this week I will be attending the LeaderSHIFT Conference 2015, collecting more nuggets of leadership wisdom from some of the best leaders in the world (literally). See you there!

Greg Wallace is the Chief Operating Officer for HRock Church in Pasadena, Calif. He loves teaching and helping others pursue their life’s passion. He is passionate about developing leaders, building organizations and helping people and groups thrive in the midst of change.