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What’s more important? Passion for God or Integrity?

A study has found that Christian adults primarily believe integrity, not “passion for God,” is the most important quality in a leader.

The study, conducted by Ventura, Calif.-based Barna Group, found that 64 percent of Christians believe integrity to be one of the most important leadership qualities, while other important traits include authenticity (40 percent), discipline (38 percent) and “passion for God” (31 percent). Among evangelicals, however, the percentage of those who believe passion for God is an important leadership quality is significantly higher (83 percent).

More than half (58 percent) of Christians call themselves leaders, but only 15 percent of those surveyed said integrity is their main leadership quality. Instead, believers are more likely to say their strongest leadership characteristic is competence (20 percent), discipline (16 percent), collaboration (15 percent), integrity (15 percent) or authenticity (14 percent). Evangelicals again differ from the overall group on this point, with 42 percent of them saying their passion for God is their best leadership quality.

When asked what leadership characteristic they would most like to improve in themselves, nearly three out of 10 Christians (27 percent) said they wanted more courage, 17 percent said discipline, 15 percent said vision and 13 percent said passion for God.
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  • Jeff Borden May 2, 2013 Reply

    I think passion over integrity… not that integrity isn’t important, but looking over the life of David it appears that God chose passion over integrity. I had some thoughts on this just the other day on my blog post titled “Living Large.”

  • Edmond Long May 2, 2013 Reply

    Separating integrity and passion is a false dichotomy. If one has integrity as a believer, he holds to and lives out godly, biblical values. To live in such a manner is accomplished only with a passion for and to be obedient to God. Passion without integrity is passion alone, and is often misguided.

    • RevJay March 21, 2015 Reply

      100% brother.

  • Fred May 2, 2013 Reply

    No one could have said it better Edmond Long!

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