Leadership is not easy. It often means a person has to "get out in front." When you do that, you are visible and you are open to attack, criticism, evaluation, lonliness and the list goes on. Why do people in the church lead? First and foremost, they do so because God tells them they must. God has made clear He has given them leadership gifts He expects them to use. People who lead are NOT more important than people who don't lead. "We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift...is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently..." (Romans 12:6-8).
The battle for most leadership growth and development is won or lost in the mind. That's why Paul instructs us in this same chapter, "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will" (Romans 12:2). God's clear will is that His Church be led well. As an aid to that process, the brief paragraphs below are each designed to be a "leadership mind-lifter." The apostle Peter wrote, "Dear friends... I have written [to you] as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking" (2 Peter 3:1).
In the Bible, God gives us LOTS of insights about developing as a spiritual leader. It is possible to be a leader in the church but not be a spiritual leader and in so doing, we harm the church. The purpose of these Spiritual Leader Insights is to grow your heart into becoming the leader God has envisioned YOU to become. He doesn't want you to be anyone else. He made you to be YOU. But He wants you to be the very best you, you can be.