You are a leader. Do you believe that? It’s true. I have always liked John Maxwell’s definition of leadership from the first time I ever heard it. Leadership, he said, is influence… nothing more and nothing less. Therefore, whether you’re the CEO of a big corporation, a politician, a pastor, a teacher, a father – you name it – you are a leader. The question is: Are you leading well or poorly? Are you a good or not-so-good leader? How are you doing with this?
There are countless books available for those wanting to become strong and positive leaders in their various spheres of influence. But most of them do not approach the subject of leadership from a biblical perspective. That’s why I thought I would pick up Henry and Richard Blackaby’s book, Spiritual Leadership. I’ve read a couple of things by Henry Blackaby and have found him to be a trusted guide on similar topics.
I have only just begun this book, so I probably ought to withhold my verdict about it until I finish, but I thought you might be blessed by some of the following quotes that I have found so far. These are some great ideas for men of God to meditate upon.
Before I share the quotes with you, however, let me pass along this prayer for leaders that I found in the UMC Book of Worship…
Almighty God, pour out your blessings upon these your servants who have been given particular ministries in your church. Grant them grace to give themselves wholeheartedly in your service. Keep before them the example of our Lord, who did not think first of himself, but gave himself for us all. Let them share his ministry and consecration, that they may enter into his joy. Guide them in their work. Reward their faithfulness with the knowledge that through them your purposes are accomplished; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
2 Chronicles 16:9a - For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.
”Spiritual Leadership is not an occupation: it is a calling. Christian business people, physicians, educators, politicians, and parents – all ought to be spiritual leaders.”
“According to the Bible, God is not necessarily looking for leaders, at least not in the sense we generally think of leaders. He is looking for servants. When God finds men and women willing to be molded into his servants, the possibilities are limitless.”
“If anything can revolutionize today’s Christian leaders, it is when Christians understand God’s design for spiritual leaders.”
“People are desperate for leaders who can make positive changes in their lives!”
“According to George Barna, ‘the American church is dying due to a lack of strong leadership. In this time of unprecedented opportunity and plentiful resources, the church is actually losing influence. The primary reason is the lack of leadership. Nothing is more important than leadership.’”
“When the Israelites separated spiritual concerns from the political and economic issues, their nation was brought to its knees. Scripture indicates that it a mistake to separate the spiritual world from the secular world.”
“Every person, Christian and non-Christian alike, is a spiritual person with spiritual needs. Employees, customers, and governing boards all have spiritual needs that God wants to meet thought his servants in the workplace.”
“Jesus Christ is the Lord of all believers whether they are at church or at work. The kingdom of God is, in fact, the rule of god in every area of life, including the church, home, workplace, and neighborhood. To ignore these truths when entering the business world or political arena is to do so at one’s peril.”
“Society’s problem is more than just a lack of leaders. Society’s great deficit is that it does not have enough leaders who understand and practice Christian principles of leadership. Effective leaders are not enough. Hitler was an effective leader.”
“…one’s calling as a Christian not only takes precedence over his or her career; it actually gives direction to that career. Moreover, a Christian’s calling will give meaning to every area of life.”
“Spiritual leadership is not restricted to pastors and missionaries. It is the responsibility of all Christians whom God wants to use to make a difference in their world.”