Profound, I know.
You might be surprised though, how often leaders forget to lead. Instead they get caught in the trap of merely organizing a cause rather than leading people. This is not a knock against organization, it must be done, but Christian leaders must be leading out front in several key areas if they are going to move their tribe forward.
Today begins a 4 post series called “Leaders Lead.” Here are four aspects I’ll be covering: leading spiritually, leading with vision, leading verbally, and finally leading sacrificially. Plan to join me for each post and engage in the discussion below.
Before a Christian leader can lead he or she must first know what it is to be led by God. You can’t develop others until you’ve experianced being developed by God yourself. That doesn’t mean you have to be perfect. It just means you should know what it’s like to be under construction.
The essence of spiritual leadership always starts with a leader experiencing authentic spiritual growth themselves. How can a Christian leader lead others where he or she has not been? This means we must be actively pursuing maturity in Christ by way of prayer, study, and being sharpened by others. These are life long must haves for a growing leader’s diet.
Long before we invest in the spiritual growth of others we must invest in our own walk with the Lord. It takes humility, discipline, determination, and a plan. What does your plan look like? Do you have one? We can’t ask our teams to take their spiritual growth more seriously than we do.
Leaders must lead.
Your turn! What does your spiritual growth plan look like? What steps do you feel God is calling you to take to grow spiritually as a leader?
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