Henry and Richard Blackaby wrote the book, Spiritual Leadership, Moving People On To God’s Agenda. At the end of each chapter they list concepts from that chapter for consideration.
I was very intrigued as I read the list that ended the chapter on The Leader’s Preparation. As you read this list, you might want to review your own history, present situation, and ideology of leadership.
I think you’ll be encouraged and challenged to let God be God and to allow Him to continue to form you into the leader He needs for now and the future:
- The greatness of an organization will be directly proportional to the greatness of its leader.
- Ultimately, leadership is more about “being” than about “doing.”
- Any strategy for developing spiritual leaders must take into account those emerging leaders currently in their preteens.
- Most of history’s famous leaders have been decidedly ordinary people.
- So many of history’s great leaders suffered major failures, crises, and disappointments in their development as leaders that these traumas almost seem prerequisite to leadership success.
- God can use adversity to build certain qualities deep within one’s character that could not be fully developed in any other way.
- God seldom intervened when people were about to make mistakes. Rather, he allowed them to fail, but stood ready to redeem them.
- No experience, good or bad, is ever wasted.
- People may apply for various leadership positions, but God is the one who ultimately determines which leadership roles they will have.
- God’s assignments are always based on character – the greater the character, the greater the assignment.
Rick Howerton is a consultant and trainer on small groups. He is founding pastor of The Bridge Church in Spring Hill, Tennessee. He is the author of several books.