“Moving people on to God’s agenda.” This is the definition of spiritual leadership that father-and-son Henry and Richard Blackaby gave in their book Spiritual Leadership. I got “hooked” reading it. I even read chapters from the book that are not part of our required reading for our Transforming Leadership class.
In contrast to many leadership books available in the market today, the Blackabys noted:
Spiritual leaders understand that God is their leader. If Jesus provides the model for spiritual leadership, then the key is not for leaders to develop visions and to set the direction for their organizations. The key is to obey and to preserve everything the Father reveals to them of his will. Ultimately, the Father is the leader. God has the vision of what He wants to do. God does not ask leaders to dream big dreams for him or to solve the problems that confront them. He asks leaders to walk with him so intimately that, when he reveals what is on his agenda, they will immediately adjust their lives to his will and the results will bring glory to God. This is not the model many religious leaders, let alone business leaders, follow today, but it encompasses what biblical leadership is all about.
Is it possible for God to guide leaders so that their actions, and even their words, are not theirs, but his? Yes. Does God have an agenda for what he wants to see happen in the workplace? He does. Our prayer should be that which Jesus instructed his disciples to pray: “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt. 6:10 NIV). If Christians around the world were to suddenly renounce their personal agendas, their life goals and their aspirations, and begin responding in radical obedience to everything God showed them, the world would be turned upside down. How do we know? Because that’s what first century Christians did, and the world is still talking about it. (pp. 28-29)
I want to share more but my fingers are tired of typing now. So if you want to know more of their insights on biblical spiritual leadership, get your copy of the book…and start reading, of course. Whether you are a pastor or a husband or a wife or a father or a mother or a manager or a bank teller or a call center agent or a Facebook user (hmmm…) you would benefit from this book. For me, I will go back reading now. I am almost halfway through it.