Every segment of our society is crying out for leadership. From corporate board rooms to the halls of our nation’s capitol to the halls of local high schools there is a critical shortage of leaders. On the one hand, winning athletic programs, thriving civic organizations, growing businesses and other “models of success” all have a common fiber running through their fabric—effective leadership. On the other hand, many institutional disasters and most organizational decline can be traced to a deficit of or deficiencies in this key component. Leadership is a key component for success in any venture in life.
With this in mind, millions of dollars are spent each year by governmental agencies, large corporations, small businesses and private individuals to conduct schools, seminars and workshops designed to provide leaders with the necessary tools for performing their tasks more effectively. In every facet of our society, the need for more and better trained leaders is unquestioned.
As our society is faced with a critical shortage of leaders, so also is the community of Jesus’ followers. Every issue we face will not be solved as a result of enhanced leadership proficiencies. However, we will be able to navigate our way through troubled waters much more effectively with skilled leaders at the helm. This reminds me of something my blogger friend Makeesha recently posted. She says that her husband’s email signature quotes the words of Michael Frost, who says: The way out is to be led by way out people.
Likewise, we will be much more capable of embracing our Lord’s kingdom vision with spiritually mature leaders shepherding our movements. Indeed, our kingdom-calling to “make disciples, teaching them to observe the Lord’s will, necessitates spiritual leaders who are anchored deep in their relationships with the Lord. We need leaders to pioneer new pathways in fulfilling our kingdom-calling of making disciples of all ethnic groups. The whole idea of embodying the kingdom call of Christ on our lives can only be realized with effective leaders championing the cause and leading the charge.
The value of dynamic and dedicated leaders is undeniable. My sense is the need for more well-trained, effective, SPIRITUAL leaders is unprecedented. So, I’m planning to begin devoting a post or two each week to this subject. I’m reasonably certain that there are some readers of this blog who know about excellent resources related to this topic that have already been posted. Please feel free to share links to these quality spiritual leadership materials in your comments. Also, don’t be hesitant to share links to your own posts in these comments. We’re all just humble servants here, trying to learn how to be more effective leaders in the kingdom cause of Christ.
Here is a starter question: What is spiritual leadership? Anyone have any great insights into this question?
Blessings to all,