Passionate leadership

You have probably a lot of things on your mind. But do you use your energy wisely? Maybe you have lost your passion because of being to busy.

Somewhere in the past you went on automatic pilot. You live from activity to activity and deep down it gives you an uncomfortable feeling because you know that this is not God’s intention. You have come to see God as an employer instead of a shepherd who takes care of your soul.

My question to you is:
have you lost your passion?

Why passion is important for a leader.

If you do your responsibilities with passion then you show that you believe in what you do. That it is important to you, that you are focused and that it gives you a lot of joy. That you have found new insight into what you are doing and are convinced that it works.

All these things are contagious and sets the people around you in motion.

Six qualities of passionate leadership.

I have not taken these qualities from a book, but this is what I learned from experience and from other passionate leaders. These six qualities help you to reflect.

I have placed it in an Dutch acronym (‘PASSIE’ is the Dutch word for passion):

P = personality
A = attraction
S = specialism
S = strategy
I = inventive
E = enthusiastic 


People with passion have a unique personality. They are authentic. They speak frankly and without shame about the things they are passionate about.

Their unique character forms the foundation of their personality and it shows how they deal with various challenges, time thieves and obstacles. 

They have a healthy dose of confidence because they have discovered who they really are in Christ. 

They do not collapse under peer pressure, but know that they are the right person in the right place.

Passionate leaders belong to that unique group of people in the kingdom of God who continue where others stop and stay close to themselves. They are and remain recognizable throughout all seasons because of their personality. They know deep in their heart who they are in Christ.


Passion is contagious, it attracts people and makes people curious. People seek to be inspired to have a goal that is worth following, and therefore they are looking for passionate leaders. 

Passionate leaders in churches are rare today and therefore they stand out. They are attractive to people because they wonder what God has given them that they are so passionate about.

I really love meeting passionate leaders, they are able to inspire me and challenge me to learn new things, broaden my own horizons and go all the way for God.


Definition ‘specialism’: subject in which someone is very knowledgeable. To be clear I do not mean ‘professionalism’.

Leaders with passion want to get the most out of what God has given them. They are interested in what they do and everything that has to do with it. And that is why they are willing to learn. Reading books, meeting other leaders, or taking a course to become more equipped so that they can serve the body of Christ better.

Passionate leaders are eager to learn and always improve themselves and understand that you can only achieve your goal if you are willing to make sacrifices and being teachable. 

They do not always have the right diplomas, but this is more than compensated because of their eagerness to learn because there’s a deep sense of calling by God. And their eagerness to learn makes them understand what they are doing and what steps they need to take to move forward. 

Therefore, passionate leaders are more focused than other leaders.


Passionate leaders in generally have a strategy.

They have carefully considered how they want to achieve their goals and are willing to make sacrifices. They are creative and looking for ideas if they have to adjust their strategies. If they find it difficult to come up with a strategy themselves, they look for people who can help them, who share their passion and interests. 

They see their past as a source of information full of wisdom because they want to learn from the mistakes they have made in the past.

Passionate leaders know that the time given by God is precious and a strategy helps them not to fall into the pitfalls of time thieves. 

To determine a strategy you need to know where you stand and where you want to go in the long term and what obstacles are on the way, passionate leaders have mapped these things out in their spirit.


Leaders with passion are inventive, they look at problems differently than others do. They always think ahead and see problems such as opportunities, as challenges. That is why it gives them energy. They are resourceful and creative and if necessary find alternative routes to reach their destination (goal). 

Their strong belief in God allows them to look over the mountains, in their spirit they can see what’s at the other side.

Because they are inventive, passionate leaders are able to face setbacks. That is a valuable quality of passionate leadership. They don’t just sit down and quit no they keep going. Because they are aware of the gifts that God has given them.


Passionate leaders are enthusiastic about what they do. Because they receive joy in what they do. The Bible teaches that “the joy of the Lord that is your strength” 1 , you cannot give a better definition to the word “enthusiasm”. Passionate leaders have discovered this biblical principle that strength and enthusiasm are closely joined together and both come from God. And that is why the things they do give them energy.

Energy is also the ability to create light, warmth and movement, among other things, and that is a great illustration for passionate leaders. Passionate leaders are enthusiastic and energetic, set others in fire and therefore they are able to get others moving.


Have you lost your passion during the years of hard work in the ministry?

Remember: Passion can only be ignited by God.

Is it hard? No, if you once had passion, but you have now lost it, listen: one spark is enough.

The spiritual mechanism to get into motion is already present, only a spark is needed to activate it. Pray and ask the Holy Spirit when was the last time you were passionate as a leader. Ask Him what the reason was that you lost it.

In my car there is an ignition mechanism, a spark plug that provides an electric spark so that the engine starts to run. Sometimes that piece need to be replaced. Your tank may be full of gasoline, but if the spark plug is broken, the engine will not run.

This also applies to our spiritual life. We have the Holy Spirit, He is our power source. Your calling is the spiritual mechanism, but it may be that your spiritual “spark plug” is broken. Once that is replaced, believe me, it will work again.

First love

Passion comes from within, so you have to start there, so go and examine your heart. The Bible calls it “the first love”.

One thing is clear, if you have lost your passion, it means that you have become lukewarm or cold in the ministry. For me it doesn’t matter if you’re lukewarm or cold, both are the opposite of passion.

So conversion is the next step in the following areas:

  1. your thinking
  2. your heart
  3. and the route that you have started following in your life right now in ministry

2 I know your works, …
4 Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. 5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works,

Revelation 2:2, 4-5 (NKJV)

First Love, First Works

First love.

You may be wondering: how can I return to first love after having experienced so many things in the ministry? Do you know william about the terrible things I’ve faced in ministry?

No I don’t, but this I do know:

  1. The apostle Paul never lost his passion in the ministry.
  2. King David never lost his passion for God.
  3. Moses kept walking with God despite the disobedient of the people in the dessert.

Those men were passionate leaders. And there are more in the bible.

The answer is actually very simple. Jesus told the people to be like a child in their faith if they want to experience a spiritual breakthrough 2.

This also applies to leaders in order to make the choice again to stand in their relationship with God. Just like you used to do at the beginning of your calling.

Be unprejudiced towards Gods Greatnesses and His plans for your life.

With a childlike faith, an open mind, full of expectation, full of wonder because your eyes have seen something of the greatness of God. Go back to God, separate yourself and come into His presence, humble yourself before His throne.

But before you get into his presence, you first have to bring everything to the cross: your dreams, priorities, worries, sadness and disappointments. Really everything: your identity, stuck labels, positions, goals achieved, negative experiences, you really have to bring everything to the cross.

Only come for one thing in the presence of God as the psalm below describes so beautifully.

4 One thing I have desired of the Lord, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the Lord, And to inquire in His temple.

Psalms 27:4 (NKJV)

First works.

Return to your first love by going back to the first works in your calling as a leader. That is the key for you.

Going back to the first works in the ministry helps you to organize your priorities. It helps you to develop a different lifestyle so that you do the most important things that God has called you to do. Be transparent to your environment because people have already noticed that you lost your passion a long time ago. Be aware of that, let God help you to come into a season where you can go back to the first love. Then you will be drawn again to the first works because you know that it comes from God and that it is his will.

Remember: the fist love works like magnet it draws you to the first works, where you receive energy. It’s just like that.

6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

Philippians 4:6-9 (NKJV)

23 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.

Colossians 3:23-24 (NKJV)


  1. Nehemiah 8:11 (HSV) The joy of the Lord is your strength ↩︎
  2. Matthew 18: 1-5 ↩︎

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