The new leader is willing to subsume personal preferences to the basic purpose of the church.
Too many of our churches are preference driven and not gospel driven. By that I mean that the personal preferences of the membership are valued so highly that they are not sacrificed even when those preferences run contrary to the basic purpose of the church. This practice be seen in everything from the way we conduct worship to the way we handle the use of our property. It is no respecter of age and can be as operational in youth groups as it is in older adults. We spend time, money, and energy maintaining programs and practices that our membership likes, but that do not reach or appeal to people outside our walls. This will always be a tendency of congregational life, but our leaders must challenge the preferences and maintain focus (time, money and leadership energy) on our purpose: to make new disciples and transform the world.