by Henry & Richard Blackaby
Businesses, organizations, churches, or ministries never rise above their leadership. In Spiritual Leadership, father and son Henry and Richard Blackaby outline what's necessary in a person's life in order to be an effective spiritual leader.
The book covers the full spectrum of what is leadership and God's principles for spiritual leadership. The Blackabys give examples of men like D. L. Moody and Billy Graham, who were effective leaders because of their total submission to God.
I found the chapters on "The Leader's Vision" and "The Leader's Character" especially challenging and enlightening. Solomon's words in Proverbs 29:18: "Where there is no vision, the people perish" are as relevant today is they were thousands of years ago. The Blackabys write, "Vision can serve as the North Star for organizations, helping leaders keep their bearings as they move their people foreword. Hence, any organization that does not have a clear vision of where it is going is in danger of becoming sidetracked and failing to accomplish its purpose." Also: "When leaders successfully communicate vision to their people, it will be God who sets the agenda for the organization, not the leader, and the people will know it is God."
There are many leader wanabes. The challenge is how to get people to follow. The Blackabys say, "Leaders without followers are not leaders." In their chapter on "Character" they discuss the importance of character in Christian leadership and pose the question, "Why are people following me?" The answer should be, "Because they see the activity of God in my life" and "they recognize in my character and integrity the mark of God."
I encourage every pastor and church leader to read Spiritual Leadership. It will have a profound impact on how you view yourself and your ministry.