Monday, June 9, 2014

Defining Spiritual Leadership

I recently came across one of the best definitions of spiritual leadership that I have ever read. It is from a 1995 article by John Piper on the "Marks of a Spiritual Leader." If you consider yourself a spiritual leader as I do, this is a good definition to see where you are in regards to leading people in a spiritual way.

"I define spiritual leadership as knowing where God
wants people to be and taking the initiative to use
God's methods to get them there in reliance on God's
power. The answer to where God wants people to be
is in a spiritual condition and lifestyle that display
his gory and honor his name. Therefore, the goal of
spiritual leadership is that people come to know God
and to glorify him in all that they do. Spiritual leader-
ship is aimed not so much at directing people as it is
at changing people. If we would be the kind of leaders
we ought to be, we must make it our aim to develop
persons rather than dictate plans. You can get people
to do what you want, but if they don't change in their
heart you have not led them spiritually. You have not
taken them to where God wants them to be."

                                                                 John Piper

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