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Spiritual Leadership

Jul 18, 2006
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Still reading An Unstoppable Force by Erwin McManus.  Taking my time, journaling through it and chewing on it a bit…  Had to post this from chapter six – "The Cultural Architect."  Some good insight on the "spiritual side" of leadership…

Six areas in which you as a leader have a direct impact on the ethos of your congregation:

  1. CHARACTER
    • A distinguishing and defining mark or imprint that communicates something to others.
  2. STORIES
    • If your stories are never personal, it will be very difficult for people to embrace a personal faith. 
    • People want to know what you’re committed to. 
    • They want to know what you know about God, not simply what you’ve learned.
    • Your stories of faith, risk, failure – all shape the ethos of your congregation.
  3. EXPERIENCES
    • People want to learn from your life.
  4. REWARD
    • Who I give my time to demonstrates what’s important.
    • If you tell stories of servanthood, it will inspire people to serve. Same with things like sacrificial giving, etc…
  5. BATTLES
    • Battles allow you to establish a value system. 
    • People know what you care about by what you’re willing to die for. 
    • If you’re not willing to lose your job, you’re not a leader; you’re a hireling. 
    • Values are not established through verbal repetition.  They are established by building your life around them.
    • Everything worthwhile has a cost, and the ethos of a community is worth fighting for.
  6. ADVANCEMENT
    • The resume style selection of leadership has detrimentally affected the development of an apostolic ethos in the church.
    • We seem to be better at growing congregations than at developing leaders.
    • The development of indigenous leadership is critical to creating and shaping ethos.
    • When you identify leaders from within, everyone realizes that he or she could be the next leader identified. 
    • In an organization, leaders must be brought from the outside.  In a movement, leaders emerge from within. 
    • A central component of a movement’s success is not the selection of accredited leaders but of proven leadership.

5 Responses to “Spiritual Leadership”

  1. Jon Sampson says:

    Those are some awesome points. I read Unstoppable Force about a year ago, but I rushed through it. It’s probably worth going through it again at some point.
    I especially like the point under “stories”: They want to know what you know about God, not simply what you’ve learned.
    It’s easy for us to talk about what we know, isn’t it?
    Thanks for pulling out some of the ‘good stuff’ for us…

  2. Ted says:

    Great stuff!

  3. emma Boyd says:

    I think “rewards’ and ‘character’ are very similar points… what you give your time to etc not only demonstrates what you think is important, but displays your character. Great thoughts though, want to read this now.

  4. My friend Jon linked to this post on his blog and to be honest, the whole part about stories stresses me out.
    Get this, i totally understand it, and even sometimes can tell a good story…
    but man, trying to tell a good story stresses me out…
    I totally agree w/ the fact of our time showing what’s important.
    I think my church I go to now stinks at developing and fostering indegenous leaders, i want to figure out how to create this ethos and bring it into our church as we are under major organization changes right now.
    Great post, thanks for sharing these points.
    –RC of strangeculture.blogspot.com

  5. Ben says:

    Man Scott, the more I see of you, the more I am convinced of this:
    You are a really dangerous man… in a really good way.

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