This Saturday at 7 AM at the church office (see events section of this site) we will begin a new discussion study. So many men indicated a desire for prayer for growth in their leadership abilities in the home, on the job, and at the church, that we decided to utilize J. Oswald Sanders classic Spiritual Leadership: Principles of Excellence for Every Believer (Moody, 2007, updated edition) to help equip us better in this important area. Copies are available at the resource table on Sunday mornings or you can order from Amazon here.
Here is a sample of some of the chapter headings from the table of contents:
- The Master’s Master Principle
- Can You Become a Leader?
- Essential Qualities of Leadership
- The Leader and Time
- Improving Leadership
- Tests of Leadership
- The Art of Delegation
- Reproducing Leaders
- Perils of Leadership
- The Leader Nehemiah
In the chapter headed An Honorable Ambition, Sanders writes:
True greatness, true leadership, is found in giving yourself in service to others, not in coaxing or inducing others to serve you. True service is never without cost. Often it comes with a bitter cup of challenges and a painful baptism of suffering. For genuine godly leadership weighs carefully Jesus’ question: “Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?” (Mark 10:38b). The real spiritual leader is focused on the service he and she can render to God and other people, not on the residuals and perks of high office or holy title. We must aim to put more into life than we take out (pp. 13-14).
We will utilize the study guide on pp. 184-186 for our discussion this Saturday.
Don’t forget to bring your own breakfast and a friend!