Spiritual Leadership
So last month I finished a book called, Spiritual Leadership by J. Oswald Sanders.  The main theme of this book is that God is the one who raises up leaders in the church and then anoints them to do the work.  We don’t choose to be a spiritual leader, but rather God chooses us and prepares us.  Spiritual leadership is imitating Jesus and putting others before ourselves.  We can’t do this if we aren’t connected to the vine- aka Jesus.  Here are some great quotes from this book:

“True greatness, true leadership, is found in giving yourself in service to others, not in coaxing or inducing other to serve you.”

“As we become “empty” of self and dependent on God, the Holy Spirit will use us.”

“There are only three kinds of people–those who are immovable, those who are movable, and those who move them!”

“Adding leadership potential to our lives usually requires that we shake off negative elements that hold us back.”

“A person’s ability to lead at home is a strong indicator of his readiness to lead in ministry.”

“Jesus is the chief shepherd; we are assistants and associates working under His authority.”

“Many who aspire to leadership fail because they have never learned to follow.”

“Once sure of the will of God, spiritual leader springs into action, without regard to consequences.”

“Our problem is not too little time, but making better use of the time we have.”

“Not every Christian is called to major leadership in the church, but every Christian is a leader, for we all influence others.”

“The first step toward improvement is to recognize weaknesses, make corrections, and cultivate strengths.”“Disciples are not manufactured wholesale. They are produced one by one, because someone has taken the pains to discipline, to instruct and enlighten, to nurture and train one that is younger.”

This book challenged me on my leadership journey and I hope you check it out so it can challenge you too!