A week or two ago I mention I had 3 must reads for you. Here’s the second one (remember “Switch” was the first), Spiritual Leadership By Henry & Richard Blackaby (authors of Experiencing God). This book is the best I’ve read in years. It has so many simple, but brilliant points. Please don’t write this book off as only being for pastors. Any Christian who wants to grow in leadership should read this book. I’m not sure why it took me so long to find it and why I’ve not heard anyone mention it before.
Below are just a few of the points that hit me. There’s so much more I could add but doing so would probably break copyright.
Society longs for statesmen but it gets politicians. Statesmen are leaders who uphold what is right regardless of the popularity of the position. Spiritual leaders must be spiritual statesmen not merely spiritual politicians.
In the case of churches emulating the success of other churches, it seemingly elminates the need for Christian leaders to cultivate an intimate relationship with God.
If a vision must be sold to others, it is not a compelling vision and is probably not from God. Spiritual leaders don’t sell vision; they share what God has revealed to them and trust that the Holy Spirit will confirm that same vision in the hearts of their people.
Integrity doesn’t happen by accident. It happens on purpose.
In God’s eyes, how something is done is as important as what is done.
If growth in numbers is a sure sign of God’s blessing, then many cult groups are enjoying God’s blessing to a far greater extent than many churches.
The single most important thing leaders should do is pray. Prayerless leaders are like ship captains without compasses-they can make a best guess at which direction to go, but they have no assurance they are heading the right way.
While all Christians have the Holy Spirit’s presence in their lives, the condition of being filled with the Holy Spirit come through concentrated, fervent, sanctified prayer.
Leaders cannot truely serve people they do not love.
Some leaders offer a token prayer and then compile a list of pros and cons from which to make their decision just like an unbeliever would. Leaders must be cognizant of the fact that determining God’s will is not a matter of merely compiling a list of pros and cons; it is a matter of relating to a personal God who is more than willing to guide His people.
When spiritual leaders struggle to make decisions, they need to immediately examine their relationship with God.
God never piles on more than someone can handle. God never overbooks people. God never burns people out. When people become overwhelmed by their commitments and responsibilities, they are operating on their own agenda. God does not give people more than they can handle, but people regularly assume responsibility for things they should not be doing.