spiritual leadership

When Leadership Begins

Andy Crouch quote, leadership begins when, flourishing

Leadership does not begin with a title or a position. It begins the moment you are more concerned about others' flourishing than you are about your own.   Andy Crouch

Nothing new, yet one of the old truths that we must remember (be reminded of) over and over.

Leaders exist for the sake of others. Others do not exist for the sake of the leader.

The leader is a servant, a shepherd, a steward and even a sufferer for others.

Jesus was the ultimate example of existing for the flourhsing of others.

It is worth asking - who is flourishing right now because of your leadership? If you don't see much flourishing - maybe you aren't leading!

Spiritual Leadership: Never Idle in the Work of Christ

Charles Spurgeon, for those who are not familiar with his name, was one of the great Calvinist-Baptist preachers of England.
He was a man of prodigious ability as well as debilitating illness. He suffered immensely from physical ailments. He was one of the early great "mega-church" preachers. He had a rare gift of proclaiming powerful truth in compelling and interesting ways.  There are 86 volumes of his writings, with over 60 of them holding his sermons (over 3500 sermons).

Spurgeon is famous for his witty one-liners. I don't think he was trying to be witty. It is just that his ability to communicate in clear and compelling ways made them roll out of his fertile mind and off his tongue so easily.

Spiritual Leadership: At the End of Life

As the end of life draws near, I wonder what we will consider? What questions will we have?

I wonder what regrets there will be?
I wonder about the missed opportunities?
About the half finished assignments?
Of would've, should've, could've thoughts?

I wonder what hard questions we will have?
What painful answers may emerge?

Will we wonder - where did the time go?
How fast did it fly and was then gone?

Spiritual Leadership: Giving Everything Back to God

Erma Bombeck  
When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would hot have a single bit of talent left, and could say, "I used everything you gave me."

These words come to mind for me as I read Erma Bombeck's longing.

Desire.
Dedication.
Devotion.
Passion.
Energy.
Enthusiasm.
Vitality.

Erma Bombeck's is on to something very important.
She knows she has been bought with a price, she is no longer her own, she belongs to another, she belongs to Christ.

Spiritual Leadership: Leading With Great Love

Elizabeth 1
Though God hath raised me high, yet this I count the glory of my crown: that I have reigned with your loves. And though you have had, and may have, many mightier and wiser princes sitting in this seat; yet you have never had, nor shallhave any that will love you better.

At the highest of motivations, reasons and purposes for leadership - there is precious little that is equal to that of LOVE. And a kind of love seen in this statement from Queen Elizabeth 1. She acknowledges that leaders in the past and leaders yet to be may be stronger, more gifted, wiser and more able to lead than she has been. Yet of one thing Elizabeth is convinced: There has not been, nor will there be a leader who will have the amount of love for those led and ruled, than does Elizabeth!

The Spiritual Leader: One Who Worships

The single most essential Heart Posture and Habitude required for Spiritual Leadership, is simply, that the leader be a worshipper.

To be a worshipper means you acknowledge there is ONE who is greater than you.
There is One you serve.
One you follow.
One you obey.
One to whom you listen.
One to whom you turn.
One in whom you trust.
One who is the source of strength and wisdom.
One who rewards and blesses.
One who holds you accountable.
One who has entrusted you with much.
One before Whom you are humble.
One, Who in His presence, you bow down (with great joy).

 

Anyone who would be a spiritual leader, in whatever role you may occupy - if you are NOT a Worshipper - you will never be a true Spiritual Leader.

The Seven Leadership Practices of Pope Francis

Pope Francis why he leads the way he leads  chris lowney  servant spiritual leadershipWell obviously the new pope has more than SEVEN leadership practices, but Chris Lowney identifies seven core practices of this Jesuit formed Pope Francis. These practices are illustrated nicely in Lowney's new book, Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads. Here they are with super brief explanations.

The One Must Read Leadership Book for This Year

Pope Francis why he leads the way he leads   chris lowneyThis past week I have read two outstanding books that jump into Brian's BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR category. It is going to be very hard to dislodge them from their #1 and #2 rankings.

At #2 is Self-Renewal: The Individual and the Innovative Society by John Gardner. I won't say anything else about that book, other then - deeply insightful, wonderfully written, personally challenging and inspiring.

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