Monday, 15 October 2007

Spiritual leadership identity and influence

The identity and influence of a Spiritual leader

  1. Sonship - we belong to the Father, have significance in the Son, and capacity to serve in the power the Holy Spirit.
  2. Servant -- if we start here we could soon burnt out in leadership. However if we begin with Sonship and we serve out of the resource that we find in our intimacy with God then our capacity to lead is enhanced.
  3. Shepherd - we care for the well-being of God's people and seek to provide an environment for their growth and to lead them through the experiences of life in a way that they can participate in the purpose of God more fully.
  4. Soldier -- leadership and management requires discipline. This will be evident in our relationships, our work and our witness.
  5. Steward -- we need to be responsible for the resources that ultimately belong to God. Leadership and management involve good stewardship of these resources.
  6. Significance -- as leaders and managers we treat everyone with respect and value them as being significant to God as members of his family and citizens of his kingdom.
  7. See -- we need to learn to catch vision from God and to see what he is doing so that we can help people embrace his purpose. So prayer and the word are central to Spiritual leadership
  8. Struggler – God has not finished with us yet. We are still a bunch of ragamuffins in need of daily grace to grow in maturity and effectiveness.
  9. Sign of Grace – All true spiritual leadership flows out of the grace of God at work in our lives.
  10. Sovereignty of God – we recognise that the work and the people belong to God. He is at the centre and His hand guides us towards His purpose.
  11. Student – Spiritual leaders are life long learners who are able to interpret their experiences so that they add value to their vision for the future
  12. Seasons – healthy leadership identity leads to good succession planning and a recognition of the seasons of life influence. This is not limited to his leadership position.
  13. Sensitivity to the leading of the Holy Spirit – without the leading of the Holy Spirit we tend to control and command instead of guiding and governing in a way that He gives the lead
  14. Sense – Good management makes sense of the situation and finds practical ways forward
  15. Synergy – Working with the team and harnesses the strengths together to accomplish shared purpose

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