‘The forming of the soul that it might be a dwelling place for God is the primary work of the Christian leader. This is not an add-on, an option, or a third-level priority. Without this core activity, one almost guarantees that she/he will not last in leadership for a life-time or that what work is accomplished will become less and less reflective of God's honour and God's purposes. ’ Gordon MacDonald
For most of us, the great danger is not that we will renounce our faith. It is that we will become so distracted and rushed and preoccupied that we will settle for a mediocre version of it. We will just skim our lives instead of actually living them.’ John Ortberg
SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES ‘Discipline: any activity I can do by direct effort that will help me to do what I cannot now do by direct effort. Spiritual discipline: any activity that can help me gain power to live as Jesus taught and modelled it.’ John Ortberg
Engagement Prayer Scripture Study Worship Celebration Service Fellowship Confession Accountability Abstinence Solitude Silence Fasting Frugality Chastity Secrecy Sacrifice
Apostolic spirituality at home on the road learning to see & listen learning to take nothing for the journey learning to live rhythmically
What helps us to grow in our relationship with God ? What leads us to neglect it?
Increased changeIncreased change Mature: humble about strengths, prayerful about weaknesses, committed to growth Mature: build on strengths, integrated, self aware. Personality Character
Develop self- awareness Fulfilling personal commitments Dealing with disappointments Facing our dark side Handling suffering well Exercising spiritual disciplines Breaking through quitting points
Self-leadership. Nobody - I mean nobody - can do this work for us. Every leader has to do this work alone, and it isn’t easy. In fact, because it’s such tough work most leaders avoid it. We would rather try to inspire or control the behaviour of others than face the rigorous work of self reflection and inner growth. Bill Hybels
"We should invest 50 percent of our leadership amperage into the task of leading ourselves; and the remaining 50 percent should be divided into leading down, leading up, and leading laterally.“ Dee Hock
" ‘the best gift you can give the people you lead is a healthy, energized, fully surrendered, focused self. And no one can do that for you. You've got to do that for yourself."
Leaders who are Christ like in love love integrity integrity serving serving compassion compassion truthful truthful faithful faithful forgiving forgiving
Agencies of change for leaders scripture scripture reflection reflection taking time out taking time out relationships relationships
Skill Knowledge Talent Something you acquire through training Something that is formed by the time you’re an adult Something you can learn Ability strength Gift Something that is given to Christians by God Passion Temperament
Seeks God with youSeeks God with you Challenges you to thinkChallenges you to think Corrects youCorrects you Listens to youListens to you Laughs and plays with youLaughs and plays with you Supports youSupports you The people we need
Where do I need to develop? What support do I require to help with this?