Over 1 million copies sold
What every church will always need
The need for talented, vigorous leaders in the church cannot be overemphasized. Such times demand active service of men and women who are guided by and devoted to Jesus Christ.
With more than 1 million copies sold, Spiritual Leadership stands as a proven classic for developing such leadership. J. Oswald Sanders, a Christian leader for nearly seventy years and author of more than forty books, presents the key principles of leadership in both the temporal and spiritual realms. He illustrates his points with examples from Scripture and biographies of eminent men of God, such as Moses, Nehemiah, the apostle Paul, David Livingstone, Charles Spurgeon, and others.
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Sanders holds that even natural leadership qualities are God-given, and their true effectiveness can only be reached when they are used to the glory of God. Let this classic be your guide for leadership, and watch how God works through you to do great things for His glory.
There’s good books and there’s books you simply must have. While every Christian can glean so much spiritual help from this fine book, it would almost be a crime for a pastor to not own and carefully read this book by J. Oswald Sanders. Originally written in the late 1960s, this million-seller finds a new life in this stunning paperback edition by Moody. I’m not sure how to describe the material the cover was made from, but it’s the best paperback cover I’ve ever seen.
I don’t think this classic became so popular through a savvy marketing campaign, but simply by the fact that it is so captivating. It covers leadership as the title suggests, and though there is some overlap with the modern subject of leadership that floods the book market, you also see that spiritual leadership is worlds apart from modern leadership. The book is true to the Bible, and you will find yourself saying over and over again “that’s so true”, even if what you just read nailed your hide to the wall.
The book begins by explaining how ambition fits into the picture and goes on to opine the lack of leaders today. As you would imagine, by chapter 3 you read of Jesus Christ’s master principle – the principle that leadership is servanthood. Later chapters will discuss how to become a leader even if you are not naturally one, insights that you can gain from Paul and Peter’s leadership, as well as essential qualities of leadership.
Later in the book we are told that spiritual leadership requires spirit-filled people. We are admonished how we can never be a leader in God’s work without being a leader in prayer. There’s suggestions on how to make use of time and how to incorporate the highly valuable act of reading.
Later chapters become even more soul-searching. There’s discussion of improving leadership, the cost of leadership, the responsibilities of leadership, the test of leadership, and the art of delegation. We are told of the necessity of replacing and reproducing leaders as well. Finally, in the most probing pages of the book, he reviews the perils of leadership. We should read that section repeatedly! He ends with a short chapter on Nehemiah, followed up by a short conclusion chapter.
Make this book one of the first five or six you buy if you are going into the ministry and read it carefully. It’s one of the great ones and its manifold impact on many Christian leaders over the last 50 years is its greatest recommendation.
I love books. Although you can’t choose a book by its cover, when the cover looks and feels great, I feel happy as I sit down with my pen and open the book.
To be honest, I chose Spiritual Leadership with some trepidation, thinking it would be stogy and outdated, but feeling it was time to read something fresh about leadership. Within seconds, I realized I had made an excellent choice.
Spiritual Leadership was first published in 1969; this is the fourth printing, with over 1 million copies in print and this copy was updated for the contemporary reader.
Though written last century, Sanders has an incredible foresightedness. His writing is relevant, and interesting, and held my attention.
The book is a classic on leadership. In a day when we view prime qualities of leadership as either charisma or else the choleric propensity to get things done, Sanders directs us to a higher standard; Jesus Christ, the Servant Leader. Leadership isn’t about how gifted you are or about getting others to do what you want, it is about spiritual character qualities flowing out of an intimate relationship with the Lord.
I recommend anyone in leadership or preparing for ministry to obtain this book. It is an excellent resource that will challenge you to reassess your life. Each chapter includes well researched examples and quotations of godly men or women of Scripture and through history who made a positive impact on the Church of Christ.
Read and meditate on this book. If you engage with the concepts presented, it will help in your journey to walk worthy of the calling wherewith you have been called.
Prayerfully ask the Lord: to reveal where you walk in the flesh, to develop in you a servant heart motivated by love, and inspire you to do the will of the Heavenly Father.
Remember. Readers who engage with godly men and women through the printed page, make authentic leaders!