HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
I define spiritual leadership as knowing where God wants people to be and taking the initiative to use God’s methods to get them there in reliance on God’s power. The answer to where God wants people to be is in a spiritual condition and in a lifestyle that displays his glory and honours His Name. Therefore, the goal of spiritual leadership is that people come to know God and to glorify him in all that they do. Spiritual leadership is aimed not so much at directing people as it is at changing people. If we would be the kind of leaders we ought to be, we must make it our aim to develop persons rather than dictate plans. You can get people to do what you want, but if they don’t change in their heart you have not led them spiritually. You have not taken them to where God wants them to be. Those people sometimes have their own agenda. The will not stop until they succeed in their quest. They are very good pretenders until you lose sight of them.
Everyone has the responsibility of leadership in some relationships. But my concern in this message is with the characteristics that a person must have in order to be a spiritual leader who excels both in the quality of his direction and the numbers of people who follow him. Remember it is not the size of the crowd, but those that are willing to be taught the skills of being a true leader.
Biblical spiritual leadership contains an inner circle (The Mystical Court) and an outer circle (The Mystical Order). The inner circle of spiritual leadership is that sequence of events in the human soul that must happen if anyone is to get to first base in spiritual leadership. These are the absolute bare essentials. They are things that all Christians must attain to some degree, and when they are attained with high fervour and deep conviction they very often lead one into strong leadership. In the outer circle are qualities that characterize both spiritual and non-spiritual leaders. What I would like to try to do now in this message is simply explain and illustrate these qualities on the inner circle and the outer circle.
It is important to note that this message is long and will be posted for several days. I do not want to bore you with too much information at any one time.