“Spiritual Leadership” “Influencing people toward God’s agenda.”
Spheres of Leadership God’s Family Your Family Our Community
Jesus on Leadership “ But Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them.
Jesus on LeadershipJesus on Leadership But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave.
Jesus on LeadershipJesus on Leadership For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” ” (Matthew 20:25–28, NLT)
Essence of Leadership Giving of your life in the service of others.
Jesus Modeled Leadership “ You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that’s what I am. And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. ” (John 13:13–14, NLT)
Spiritual Followership “Responding cooperatively, willingly, and joyfully to the influence of God-given leaders in our lives out of devotion to Christ.”
Jesus Modeled Followership “ but I will do what the Father requires of me, so that the world will know that I love the Father. ” (John 14:31, NLT)
1 Corinthians 15:28, (NCV) “ After everything has been put under the Son, then he will put himself under God, who had put all things under him. Then God will be the complete ruler over everything. ”
Healthy Culture of Leadership Spiritual Leadership Spiritual Followership
Leaders Are Given to Equip the Church “ Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. ” (Ephesians 4:12, NLT)
Leaders Are Given to Unify and Mature the Church ““ …until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord… ” (Ephesians 4:13, NLT)
When spiritual leadership leads and spiritual followership responds, the Church extends, unites, and matures.
RESPECT THE ROLE OF LEADERSHIP God’s Design for Leadership
Respect Their Authority “ Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you. ” (Hebrews 13:17, NIV)
Respect Their Responsibility “ Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you. ” (Hebrews 13:17, NIV)
Respect Their Load “ Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you. ” (Hebrews 13:17, NIV)
When spiritual leadership operates in a followership culture of respect and cooperation everyone benefits.
RELY ON THE PATTERN OF LEADERSHIP God’s Design for Leadership
Leadership in Community “ It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us [apostles/elders] …” (Acts 15:28, NIV)
SPIRITUAL LEADERSHIP TEAM Spiritual Care (Elder/ Overseers) Felt Needs (Deacons/ Deaconesses) Resources (Trustees)
Elders (Overseer/Pastor) Proven Character – 1 Timothy 3:1-7 Preaching/Teaching – 1 Timothy 5:17 Pastoral Care – 1 Peter 5:2 Healing/Prayer – James 5:17
Deacons Proven Character – Acts 6:3a; 1 Timothy 3:8-13 Organizers of Care – Acts6:3b. Disciple/Teach – Acts 8:4, 26-40 Minister in Power of the Spirit – Acts 6:8