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.
Are you wondering if you have what it takes to lead? Or are you wondering if you still have what it takes to lead? As J. Oswald Sanders makes clear throughout this book, there is a lot involved in leadership, but even more-so in spiritual leadership. He writes, “It is not a calling we choose to pursue, but is it calling we choose to answer.”
If any of these thoughts strike a chord with you, this book may well be a good resource to consider. In twenty-two chapters (206 pages), J. Oswald Sanders leads the reader through the highs and lows, ups and downs, joys and sorrows of what it means to be a spiritual leader.
Reading this book came at a particularly useful time for me, as I have recently embarked on answering the call to be the interim music director in our local congregation. In short order, many issues and small fires have already surfaced, and I have felt the burden of their increasing weight as these matters cannot continue to go ignored. So, I was encouraged in reading this book that I am not alone in these struggles, but have a good company and knowing that I can get through them all with the right mindset…and I may even come out the other side as a better leader as a result.
Sanders reminds the reader that:
· sometimes leadership calls us to cut to the heart and render judgment in difficult situations, while at other times decisions require patience and grace;
· that it is no virtue to be disliked as a leader, but it is also dangerous to pursue being popular;
· that a true leader humbly serves others and sets them up for success, while poor leaders pridefully promote themselves and their own needs;
· that good leadership comes at a cost in the form of fatigue, loneliness, criticism, and rejection.
· that all difficulties provide opportunities to reveal who the true leaders are.
While there are a plethora of very good books pertaining to leadership, this is one of the better books I've read on leadership in the church – “Spiritual Leadership”. I would highly suggest it to anyone who is considering answering the call to leadership, or to anyone currently in a leadership position who is struggling under its burdens.
No doubt about it, I give “Spiritual Leadership” 5 out of 5 stars!
Disclaimer: I received this book free of charge from Moody Publishers in exchange for my unbiased review of it. I was not required to provide a positive review. All opinions are mine.
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!