Christian leadership has become a niche topic often characterized by words like “vision”, “big hairy audacious goal”, and “management”. However, this is really only one component of Christian leadership. In order for goals and vision to have life behind them, they must be in partnership with spiritual formation and restoration and a commitment to continually ground oneself in Biblical theology. It is particularly easy to lose sight of the role that spiritual formation and character play in undergirding accomplishment.
As Lance Witt notes, “We are intoxicated with vision and obsessed with leadership. There’s more big talk, more big ideas, more big dreams than ever before. ‘Bigger and more’ has been the rallying cry of the church in the last generation.”
“A generation ago, pastors were equipped to exegete scripture, understand church history, and craft sermons, but were ill-equipped to provide organizational leadership to the churches they were called to pastor. As churches grew and the culture changed, pastors had to learn about the world of creating budgets, managing staff, casting vision, constructing buildings, raising money, worship programming, and managing change…
“But not all of the impact has been positive. We have pushed the priority of a pastor’s interior life to the fringes. As we have sought to fill the gap with leadership resources we have inadvertently marginalized the soul-side of leadership. The result is a crisis, a crisis of spiritual health among pastors. The statistics these days on pastors are troubling and paint a bleak picture…
“We don’t need to abandon our discussion of leadership in the kingdom, but we do need to include a question that doesn’t get enough airtime. What does “spiritual” leadership look like? What does healthy leadership look like? What does a healthy team look like?”
Embracing Spiritual Leadership
If you are asking yourself similar questions, here are a few other resources you might appreciate:
- Read “Why Character Trumps Accomplishment” and “Recovering the Lost Art of Contemplation“. Both are short articles.
- Download Artios Christian College’s free guide on Discovering Your Leadership Strengths. It will help you better understand the relationship between spiritual leadership and organizational leadership.
- Enroll in LEA 111 Essentials of Vibrant Leadership. This introductory course weaves the foundations of character and discipleship into the fabric of Christian leadership.