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With over 500,000 in print, Spiritual Leadership is the perennial favorite for teaching the principles of leadership. In this classic, J. Oswald Sanders illustrates biblical leadership principles through the lives of David, Moses, Nehemiah, the Apostle Paul, David Livingston, and Charles Spurgeon.This world needs more leaders who are guided by God and devoted to Christ. ChWith over 500,000 in print, Spiritual Leadership is the perennial favorite for teaching the principles of leadership. In this classic, J. Oswald Sanders illustrates biblical leadership principles through the lives of David, Moses, Nehemiah, the Apostle Paul, David Livingston, and Charles Spurgeon.This world needs more leaders who are guided by God and devoted to Christ. Christianity needs to put forth a powerful voice to be heard above the cacophony of immorality and deception in much of today's leadership. Spiritual Leadership will encourage you to place your talents and powers at His disposal so you can become a leader used for His glory.This timeless classic will equip leaders of all generations to press on in service for Jesus Christ. Spiritual Leadership has easy-to-understand modern language and a study guide to assist each leader as they grow and successfully apply the principles in this book. Prepare to be stretched, challenged, and motivated to apply the leadership principles of character, passion, and especially godliness. Spiritual Leadership is a necessary tool for today's leaders....

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  • midnightfaerie
    2019-05-02 11:34

    An excellent book on principles that every Christian should strive for, not just those wanting to be leaders. Christians will always be held to a higher standard whether we like it or not, because we represent all Christians in our actions. So if you're looking for guidance as a Christian, searching for an answer, or even just entertaining the idea of being a leader, this book will help. Sanders gives each chapter a clear cut quality and how to obtain it and what to look for. No excessive preaching or chapters overladen so heavily with verse that you'd be better off reading the bible in this book. It also gives questions at the end of each chapter for reflection. I found myself highlighting and underlining passages every other page. I found the insights into leadership and the essential qualities of leadership particularly helpful. I can't say enough how much I enjoyed this book. It was well written and easy to understand. It held my attention throughout the entire thing, and really made you think twice about flippantly deciding on this course. It showed the ups and downs and displayed in depth and in great detail, how Jesus was the best leader because he was the biggest servant. Self-sacrifice is a big part of leadership and Sanders does nothing to diminish this important concept. I highly encourage all Christians to read this

  • Jimmy
    2019-04-26 12:32

    I have heard of this classic previously but have not had the opportunity to read it until now. Having thus finished the book, there were parts of the book that was profitable for me spiritually.Among the thing that convicted me was the chapter on “The Leader and His Time”, particularly this quote: “We have each been entrusted with sufficient time to do the whole will of God and to fill out His perfect plan for our lives” (114). The author Oswald Sanders gave examples of Godly men whose greatness also meant that they were disciplined with their time. This is an area I have been grown much in the last few years being in Seminary, yet I also realize that I can still improve in the area of time management. Of course, in order to accomplish this requires self-discipline. As I grow more in the Christian faith, I realize more and more of how God’s grace in a sanctified Christian is also seen in how the believer has discipline in his or her life.What at first seem like an unlikely area of Christian leadership is also covered in its own chapter: The Leader and his reading. There is a sense where leaders in the natural realm must read, and Sanders makes the point of how much more should those who are leaders of the spiritual realm must be well-read. Christians who doubt this should read some of the benefits of reading that Sanders listed.Sanders also discussed the importance for Christian leaders to be continiously improving their leadership in chapter fourteen. He lists some general areas, and one of the areas that caught my attention was on problem solving. I can work on resolving conflicts better, especially those that seem out of control to me, or something that I have not experienced before.True Christian leadership is also not easy, and in chapter fifteen Sanders discusses about the cost of leading. A point that stuck out to me was how leadership can be a lonely experience (144-145). This was a good point to know prior to being a Pastor. The discussion about criticism and rejection was a great encouragement, since it ministered to my heart knowing that there is an aspect that this is part of the will of God. So much of leadership focuses on the individual who is the leader, but this book managed to balance things out towards the end. For instance, chapter eighteen tackled the topic of leadership and delegation based primarily upon Exodus 18’s account of Moses delegating authority to others. Given that “it is a mistake to assume more duties than we can adequately and satisfactorily discharged”, the leader’s role of delegation make sense (171). Chapter 19 of the book reminds leaders that their position will one day be replaced by the next group of leaders, which leaves a sobering note that no leader is truly “irreplaceable”. This should be a note of encouragement, knowing that God can raise the next generation’s leadership, but that also means Christian leaders should already be involved in reproducing the next leaders. Chapter Twenty discusses about that, of how leaders are produced through discipleship and not mass production (184). The book ends with a short chapter on the Christian example of leadership found in the character of Nehemiah. This is a fitting devotional to end the book with, with an example of someone to emulate from the Bible, and Sanders touches on various aspects of his leadership that ought to be modeled in the life of contemporary Christian leaders as well.

  • Jason
    2019-05-06 10:31

    First of all, this book isn't horrible because the things it says aren't true. I think that the things in here are generally ok in terms of what's said - it's a collection of 1-2 page "observations" or "meditations" on small leadership principles. If you're looking for a sort of devotional book or a vague book about how to apply some generally true (regardless of religious affiliation) ideas with biblical language behind them, this book is fine.But it's precisely that vagueness that kills me. It takes pieces of scripture and simply uses them to arrive at a predetermined conclusion. The context or setting of that scripture is irrelevant. There's no attempt to put the scriptures in their original context. No attempt to try and bridge the gap between an ancient near Eastern culture and a modern or post-modern American one. It's the worst kind of biblical study - the kind that just uses the bible to support what we already think of. I think a lot of us do it, but it's not something we should do. Like I said - I don't think there's anything here that's terribly untrue or heretical. It's just blah. I would hope spiritual leadership would be better or different than modern or corporate leadership. I would hope that it would help overturn the "powers and principalities" of the world. If that's true, it's not represented here.

  • Jacob Wischoff
    2019-05-11 10:38

    Spiritual leadership is an amazing book with tremendous insight on what a Spiritual Leader is. It also shows what temptations are present with leadership and how a Leader must uphold himself in the context of his Church, Life & Ministry. As you work thru the book you start with how being a Spiritual Leader is an honorable ambition and work thru qualifications and then lifestyle choices and imperatives that should be the ear mark of a Spiritual Leader. It's a great book that challenges the reader to closely examine oneself and to be honest and transparent in their pursuit of God. Don't let the title fool you, this is not a Self-Help or Text book, it has plenty of helps and is littered with scripture that will challenge your thinking and help steady you for the course of Spiritual Leadership. This book would be great for anyone who is seeking a place of leadership, has been acting in a leadership position, runs a company built on the principles of God or even desires to know more about the life a Spiritual Leader genuinely comes to. Great read, I would recommend this to all my friends.

  • Johnny
    2019-05-06 14:44

    This little devotional book is full of gems that sparkle, catch God’s light and cause one to reevaluate one’s attitude toward spiritual leadership in general and church leadership in specific. It isn’t deep, scholarly, or philosophical, but it is practical and inspiring. Two matters which really jumped out at me were, of course, areas where I was predisposed to resonate with Sanders. I believe in the value of study and I think the biblical character named Nehemiah is a phenomenal model for good leadership—better in many ways than Moses or David, though those two paradigms had their own strengths (and weaknesses) during a particular time in the history of God’s people. Since I have already used Nehemiah as a model for leadership on numerous occasions, I was amazed at the new insights suggested by Chambers.So, let me just start by sharing about Nehemiah. Sanders begins by noting (as does almost everyone) the importance of prayer in Nehemiah’s daily schedule, citing Nehemiah 1:4, 6; 2:4; 4:4, 9; 5:19; 6:14; 13:14, 22, 29). He follows up by complimenting Nehemiah’s courage in the face of danger (Nehemiah 6:11) and shared how the confidence of Nehemiah would have spread to the people. Finally, he spoke of Nehemiah’s genuine concern for the people instead of focus on keeping his job (Nehemiah 2:10, as well as his fasting 1:4-6 and intercession 1:6). When I use Nehemiah as a model, I talk about planning/organization, but Sanders uses the same verse (Nehemiah 2:8) to speak of foresight-planning by any other name. Nehemiah’s waiting three days in Jerusalem before doing anything (Nehemiah 2:11) was listed as caution. I particularly liked the observation on Nehemiah’s empathy (Nehemiah 4:10-12; 5:1-5), a point I had never emphasized. I did like the idea that Nehemiah was impartial (5:7) and a realist (4:9). Sanders really began to get my attention when, instead of the one verse I continually used to talk about Nehemiah’s role in raising morale, he cited four different mottos, prayers, or praise songs that Nehemiah used (2:20; 4:14; 4:20; and 8:10). Lest one think that this book on leadership is one-dimensional—strictly providing biblical insights without examining leadership in the secular world—one should think again. I particularly liked a quotation from a former Chinese leader, Li Hung Chang. Chang said, “There are only three kinds of people in the world—those that are movable, those that are immovable, and those that move them.” (pp. 19-20) Dr. Sanders also cited an influential person who read prolifically and was asked how he managed to get time to do so. I liked the answer: “I don’t get time for it. I take it.” (p. 93). I also liked his citation of Christian author Muriel Ormrod who said, “We should always aim to read something different—not only the writers with whom we agree, but those with whom we are ready to do battle.” (p. 100) He even contends that books require three readings: 1) without losing continuity, 2) carefully thinking about each point, and 3) annotating the book in the back of the book (p. 103). I like the idea of the three readings, but I rarely get uninterrupted reading time, so I tend to annotate as I go along.I particularly liked his very practical (and unexpected in a Christian fundamentalist book) word about failure. “The successful leader is a man who has learned that no failure need be final, and acts on that belief, whether the failure is his own or that of another.” (p. 125). Even more unexpectedly in a fundamentalist book was a quotation about depression (after all, how can anyone be depressed if they are filled with the presence of the God of all joy?). He cites Charles Haddon Spurgeon as saying, “Before any great achievement, some measure of depression is very usual…” (p. 149). I especially liked the irreverent summary of this idea from one Samuel Chadwick, “If successful, don’t crow; if defeated, don’t croak.” (p. 150) All of these are very useful teachings about leadership that aren’t often covered in ministerial handbooks. I’m glad I found this little devotional work in a pile of books that a friend was removing from his library. It’s going to stay in mine for a while.

  • Cory
    2019-05-25 12:48

    I am really enjoying going through this book with my Pastor as a type of discpileship training, but the one thing that I really do not like is that Moody Publishers take the liberty to add, subtract, and even completely change the content. I would much prefer to read what Oswald Sanders originally wrote. They preface the changes with the hope of making the book more understandable via modernazation, but in some cases they just completely change what was said. I love the book, but would love to have access to the original, unedited version. The newer the version of this book you have, the more alterations you will find.

  • Andrew Hall
    2019-05-18 12:53

    should read again....and again and again

  • Barnabas Piper
    2019-05-19 13:54

    A leadership classic. I had never read it before, and it is fantastic. Anyone in ministry or business leadership would benefit from this book.

  • Craig Adams
    2019-05-15 17:34

    This was one of the most helpful and insightful reads on leadership I've found to date!

  • Brenda
    2019-05-13 15:59

    I LOVE THIS BOOK~ This book is an excellent resource for leadership. Every serious Christian should read this. This was a library book. But I am going to buy it.

  • Patrick Chester
    2019-04-29 11:40

    "Spiritual Leadership" was recommended to me by a friend in Christian ministry. It presents a series of speeches given by J. Oswald Sanders on the topic of leadership from a Christian perspective. Though I am not a minister, I found the book to be challenging and engaging. At the end of each chapter, there are a few questions that help you to reflect on what you just read and apply it to your own life. This is the kind of book that needs to be read slowly, preferably not more than 1 chapter a day, as the topics within each chapter are quite varied and require personal reflection in order to get the most benefit out of them. I imagine I will come back and reread this book again someday, as there are plenty of things I am sure I have already forgotten. This book is great for believers who are either going into ministry or seeking a christian perspective on genuine leadership skills. Because each chapter was originally a talk Sanders gave, sometimes the chapters end rather abruptly, and it occasionally almost appears to ramble on certain topics, as can occasionally happen when giving a live speech. The content, however, is still worth considering despite these limitations.

  • Friday Otuya
    2019-05-18 11:00

    Spiritual leadership is one of the best books I have ever read on Christian leadership. This book is special to me because it draws its guiding principles and precepts from the Holy Bible; not from worldly standards. The vital scriptural values and convictions it puts forward can make a true spiritual leader out of anyone who is willing. The author xrays the life of great christian leaders, showing the aspiring leader that it is possible to be great by following after the steps of the great (Hebrews 6:12). This classic further pinpoints the goal of christian living, which is missions and soul-winning; it does this by revealing the passion and motivations of great christian leaders of the past; men and women who invested their lives for the cause of Jesus Christ and his Kingdom. We must therefore in this age be focused on what has always made the great leaders of the past out of ordinary men and women- a heart for God and the expansion of his kingdom.Personally speaking, though I have been living by many of the truths highlighted in this book, I am more determined to make my life count for God and his many purposes on the earth.

  • James
    2019-05-26 11:40

    Less successful as a book than as a patchwork of aphorisms, quotations, nuggets of wisdom, anecdotes, and whatnot. Came from a series of addresses, and indeed reads as such. Sometimes Sanders' use of the biblical text is rather arbitrary and decontextualised, but his heart is definitely in the right place. It was out of date when it was written back in the 60s, but that is as much a strength as a weakness - whatever is in date is about to go off, anyhow. One can find any number of fashionable books about "leadership" or character, and books that jar somewhat have the potential to be more illuminating and genuinely challenging. Through Sanders' extensive mining of pious biographies of Christian leaders (most often nonconformists of the the 19th and 20th centuries) one gets a glimpse of a more sober, more self-effacing series of worlds than one is used to today. And that is our loss.

  • Janet Pittman
    2019-05-23 13:39

    This book was recommended to me by my Bible Study Fellowship Teaching Leader, Lisa Bate, and it was very beneficial! Even though it was originally published 50 years ago, the principles shared are timeless and very relevant. A key message is that while leadership is challenging, spiritual leadership is even more demanding. Thanks to God's gift of the Holy Spirit, you can rely on Him to get through the tough times. I especially appreciated the biblical references to inspirational leaders: Moses, Nehemiah, and Paul. Author J. Oswald Sanders provides great questions for reflection at the end of each chapter as well as a guide at the end of the book that would be beneficial for group study.

  • Wavey Cowpar
    2019-05-06 16:43

    I thought this was a very good, clear and readable book on Christian Leadership. The author takes various topics and spends a few pages delving into each. I would say that it is only introductory. There is a wide range of topics covered in this book, but the price of a wide scope is a shallow depth. Don’t expect all the answers, and don’t expect this book to revolutionize your life or your ministry. However, what you will find in the pages is encouragement in leadership, rebuke in wrongdoing, and writing that tantalizes the tastebuds of your mind causing you to want to delve deeper and seek more information about the highs and lows of leadership in the Church

  • Phillip Howell
    2019-05-14 13:50

    A Good Intro & OverviewAll the chapters are short and sweet. This is a good introduction and overview of the differences between a leader in the eyes of the world and a leader in the eyes of God. Each chapter is a brief mediation on a passage of scripture that has profound implications on leadership. It is a clear, easy to read and pretty straightforward book. It could be a useful tool for discipling young people in leadership and in many areas they may have not considered.

  • Lori
    2019-05-27 15:49

    Insightful and helpful book which describes characteristics of spiritual leaders with a lot of Scripture references to cast strong vision for leading God's people. Just over halfway through, I had difficulty finishing as chapters grew longer and I began to wonder whether any could aspire to such lofty standards pulled from all Scripture. I finished the book, by the grace of God with which I rely upon while leading others!

  • Jaymes Lauser
    2019-05-05 14:43

    This is a book to be invested in. Not only in long, focused, hours of study and attention, but also in spiritual and emotional attentiveness. It is rich in wisdom and deeply challenging. If heeded, it will revolutionize your influence on those around you and on yourself. Everyone is a leader because everyone has influence. Therefore, everyone should read this book.

  • Dave Rench
    2019-04-30 17:51

    This was a very good book. At the end of the day, spiritual leadership is all about serving others. This book explores how that plays itself out in many categories, including my motives, during prayer, obstacles faced as a leader, and how to delegate and train others to lead. Produced some good discussion in our small group.

  • Chelso Presto
    2019-05-01 16:50

    I had to restrain myself from underlining entire chapters throughout this book. I’ve heard this book is a classic, stands-the-test-of-time book on spiritual leadership and it lived up to that reputation!

  • Wayne
    2019-05-08 12:57

    Fantastic book on leadership! While there may not be many paradigm-shifting ideas in the book, it really helps focus in on what leadership looks like for a Christian, and how to develop that leadership in a biblical way. Would definitely recommend.

  • John Rimmer
    2019-05-16 10:38

    One of the best (and shortest) books on Christian leadership. I've read it a few times now.

  • Kara
    2019-05-23 10:36

    One of the best books & in particular best leadership/life purpose/be the change/get in action books I’ve read. Can’t recommend it enough.

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  • Geoff
    2019-05-10 11:30

    *Cost of Leadership“Quinton Hogg, founder of London Polytechnic Institute, devoted a great fortune to the enterprise. Asked how much it had cost to build up such a great institution, Hogg replied “Not very much, simple one man’s lifeblood.” That is the cost of every great achievement, and it is not paid in a lump sum. It is bought on the time-payment plan, a further installment each new day. Fresh drafts are constantly being made, and when the payment ceases, the leadership wanes. That fact was taught by the Lord when He indicated that we could not save others and save ourselves at the same time.Responsibilities of LeadershipTo initiate is an important function for the office of a leader. Some have more gifts for conserving gains than for initiating new ventures; more gift for achieving order than for generating ardor. The true leader must have venturesomeness as well as vision. He must be an initiator rather than a mere conserver. Most of us prefer to play safe, but Paul did not play safe. He constantly took carefully and prayerfully calculated risks. The leader must either initiate plans for progress or recognize the plans of others. He must remain in front and give guidance and s sense of direction to those behind. He does not wait for things to happen but makes them happen. He is a self-starter, and is always on the lookout from improved methods. He will be willing to test new ideas.*Test of LeadershipCompromise is the partial waiving of principle for the sake of reaching agreement. It is always a backward step when we consent to lower our standards, and all too often that is involved in arriving at a compromise.How does he face impossible situations? was one of John R. Mott’s test for men of leadership caliber. It was his practice to encourage leaders to deal with impossible tasks rather than with easy ones because that would draw out their powers, teach them their dependence on others, and drive them to God. “I long ceased to occupy myself with minor things that can be done by others” A true leader is at his best in baffling circumstances.*FailureThe manner in which a leader meets his own failure will have a significant effect on his future ministry. One would have been justified in concluding that Peter’s failure in the judgment hall had forever slammed the door on leadership in Christ’s kingdom. Instead, the depth of his repentance and the reality of his love for Christ reopened the door of opportunity to yet wider sphere of service. “Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound”A study of Bible characters reveals that most of those who made history were men who failed at some point, and some of them drastically, but who refused to continue lying in the dust. Their very failure and repentance secured for them a more ample conception of the grace of God. They learned to know Him as the God of the second chance to His children who had failed Him-and the third chance too. The historian Froude wrote “the worth of a man must be measure by his life, not by his failure under a singular and peculiar trial. Peter the apostles though forewarned thrice denied his Master on the first alarm of danger; yet that Master, who knew his nature in its strength and in its infirmity chose him.” The successful leader is a man who has learned that no failure need be final, and acts on that believe, whether the failure is his own or that of another. He must learn to be realistic and prepared to realize that he cannot be right all the time. There is no such thing as a perfect or infallible leader.*DelegationThe man in a place of leadership who fails to delegate is constantly enmeshed in a morass of secondary detail that not only overburdens him but defects him from his primary responsibilities. He also fails to release the leadership potential of those under him. To insist on doing things oneself because it will be done better is not only a short-sighted policy but may be evidence of an unwarranted conceit. The leader who is meticulous in observing priorities adds immeasurably to his own effectiveness.*Replacement of leadersA work originated by God and conducted on spiritual principles will surmount the shock of a change of leadership and indeed will probably thrive better as a result. There is one leader who holds office in perpetuity, for whom no replacement is needed.. It is a striking fact that His disciples made no move to appoint one of their number to take His place after His ascension, tacit evidence that they were gloriously conscious that He was still their living leader. The church at times has lost the vivid sense of His presence, but there has never been the panic cry of a leaderless army. He has always demonstrated that the distresses and perils of His church les deeply on His heart.

  • Paul Vernon
    2019-04-29 14:37

    the most strategic and fruitful work of modern missionaries is to help leaders of tomorrow develop their spiritual potential.

  • Mike Conroy
    2019-04-26 17:32

    All tasks and missions come with their own unique dangers. The one who scales mountains for research has the unique danger of broken bones and death. Police Officers risk their lives for the mission of protecting citizens and enforcing laws. Pastoral ministry has its own dangers. J. Oswald Sanders in his book Spiritual Leadership helped me to realize that forgetting certain basic ideas, truths, and principles can be a danger in serving Christ.This book was originally a set of lectures delivered to leaders of the Overseas Missionary Fellowship (pg. 8). Quite often, lectures do not translate into good books; speaking to the ear is very different than writer to the eye. But, that was not the case with this book. The writer of this book seeks to drive home some basic, simple, and very essential truths to those leading God’s people. The topics range from qualities essential to the task, importance of humor, prayer in the leader’s life, the cost to a leader, need to train new leaders, and many others. The pages are filled good examples of leaders from the Bible and among well-known leaders in church history. I was greatly encouraged and challenged by this book. I will explain the one point I disagreed with and then the couple points that stood out to me as exceptionally helpful.When Mr. Sanders said, “People close to a leader pay a price. Sometimes a heavier price.” (pg.123) Then he has a quote from Fred Mitchell in which he expresses his sorrow that his calling to leadership required him not to be able to be there for his wife and children enough. All leaders agree that it’s hard to balance family life and work’s responsibilities. However, this statement with the quote that followed could let a leader feel justified to neglect their family in the name of their other responsibilities. God’s Word is clear that how well an elder manages their homes is a reflection of whether they are qualified to lead in God’s house. I disagree that those close to a leader have to pay a price. It is an additional challenge to make all that God says is a priority: family and other leadership responsibilities – priorities in the life of a leader. The emphasis on the need of the Holy Spirit was a reminder that I needed. He says, “Spiritual leadership requires superior spiritual power, which can never be generated by the self. There is no such thing as a self-made spiritual leader.” (pg. 28) That quote summaries what the Bible has written all over it: To do God’s work, we need His presence and help. I was convicted of my lack of consciously relying on the Holy Spirit and my lack of recognizing that the work of spiritual leadership is outside of my abilities. This reminder has helped me to cry out for God’s grace in my responsibilities with more passion. In the section on discipline (pgs. 52-55), the writer made application to being slow to speak. This point landed on my heart and immediately began to take root. Speaking too fast and without enough discernment is one of my struggles. The example given of a man who would write out a word of correction and wait a couple days before delivering a helpful example for me. A list of practical ways to improve leadership (pgs. 109-110) will be something that I come back to and also take the other leaders that I oversee through as well. While there is much more helpful truths in this book, these were the ones that helped me to see the danger of forgetting some of the simple, practical, and basic truths is a big danger to Pastoral ministry.

  • Stevie
    2019-05-22 15:43

    I would definitely recommend to anyone who wants to progress in holy leadershipPoignant Quotes:"In Paul's times, only deep love for Christ and genuine concern for His church would provide men with a sufficiently powerful motive to aspire to that office.""Those real qualities of leadership are to be found in those who are willing to suffer for the sake of objectives great enough to demand their wholehearted obedience.""Have you ever broken yourself of a bad habit? To lead others, one must be master of oneself.""Can you use disappointment creatively?""Leaders must expect opposition and should not be offended by it.""Do you possess tact? Can you anticipate the likely effect of a statement before you make it?""The perfectionist usually sets goals quite beyond his ability to attain and then entertains a false of guilt because of failure to achieve.""Many a gifted man has been lost to high office and spiritual effectiveness because of the unsuitability of the wife he has chosen.""Only the disciplined person will rise to his highest powers. He is able to lead because he has conquered himself.""The pessimist sees a difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees an opportunity in every difficulty.""Indeed it is a most serious deficiency if a missionary lacks a sense of humor.""All vital praying makes a drain on a man's vitality.""Not how long we live but how well and how fully.""Often the pressures that come upon the spiritual leader are the result of his having assumed responsibilities not assigned to him by God and therefore for which he cannot expect God to give the extra strength required.""One reason why people are unable to understand great Christian classics is that they are trying to understand without any intention of obeying them" - Tozer"Reasons to read: spiritual quickening and profit, mental stimulation, cultivation of style, acquiring information, fellowship with great minds.""We can afford to read only the best and what will be most helpful to us in the fulfillment of our mission. In other words, our reading should be regulated largely by what we are and what we do or intend to do.""A student will find his mental constitution is more affected by one book thoroughly mastered than by twenty books he has merely skimmed." - C. H. Spurgeon"It is for the leader to cut a channel between what he reads and what he says of writes, so that others may reap its benefits to the full.""When God wants to drill a man And thrill a man And skill a man, When God wants to mold a man To play the noblest part; When He yearns with all His heart To create so great and bold a man That all the world shall be amazed, Watch His methods, watch His ways! How He ruthlessly perfects Whom He royally elects! How He hammers him and hurts him, And with mighty blows converts him Into trial shapes of clay which Only God understands; While his tortured heart is crying And he lifts beseeching hands! How He bends but never breaks When his good He undertakes; How He uses whom He chooses And with every purpose fusses him; By every act induces him To try His splendour out - God knows what He's about!""The missionary who has made himself indispensable to the church he has helped into being has done it a grave disservice. From earliest days it should have been his studied aim to remain in the background, to cultivate in its members a real dependence on the Lord, and to train spiritual men who, as soon as practicable, could assume complete responsibility for the work."

  • Josh Wilson
    2019-04-29 09:52

    J. Oswald Sanders, Spiritual Leadership Oswald Sanders’ book on Christian leadership is a time-tested classic for good reason. Sanders leans on his personal leadership experience to challenge the Christian to take the mantle of leadership and run with endurance. While the book is certainly appropriate for those in vocational ministry, Sanders has a broader audience in mind and regularly makes valuable application for any Christian who desires to be used of God in service. In addition to the knowledge Sander’s accumulated through a life in ministry, the book demonstrates that he has read widely and thought deeply about the lives and ministries of other Christian leaders. The book is packed with illustrations, stories, quotes, and poems drawn from Biblical and historical figures who modeled and taught principles of leadership. On many occasions, Sander’s missionary background is evident. A high percentage of the illustration are drawn from various British and American Missionaries of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries with Hudson Taylor being especially prominent. The well-written prose, coupled with what seems to be almost continual illustration, makes for a very easy read. The book is organized simply. The initial chapters serve as an introduction to leadership outlining its value and attempt a working definition clarifying both what it is and is not. After a brief examination of leadership in the life of Peter and Paul, Sander’s turns to his enumeration and description the attributes of a leader. This section constitutes the bulk of the book. While Sander’s rarely makes statements which are likely to surprise one who is familiar with the elementary traits of leadership, his focus on the fundamental traits and habits of leadership is likely to be challenging and convicting to anyone who aspires to the role. Even a cursory reading of the text reveals the high value Sanders places on discipline, character, and sacrifice. On a few points, Sander’s seems to praise things which might rightly be challenged. Specifically in his chapter on the cost of leadership, he describes fatigue as something which should be accepted and embraced (p. 119) and seems to imply that sacrificing one’s family may be expected or even appropriate (p. 123). A generous reading of the book, however, will probably see these elements as descriptive rather than prescriptive. In any case, Sander’s clarion call for disciplined and committed leaders could not be more needed or timely in an age of apathy and self- indulgence. Towards the end of the book, Sanders turns his attention to the need to delegate, inspire and train leaders in the next generation. He concludes finally, with another case study of Nehemiah. While the tenor of the book is somber and Sanders pulls no punches about the difficulties facing the would-be Christian leader, it is upbeat and inspiring, promising the one who embarks on this challenging path a road filled with joy and union with the Lord. The book is developed with study and discussion in mind. Helpful review questions stand and the close of each relatively short chapter and provide insightful launching pads for reflection. At the end of the volume, a number of questions may be found for leading small group discussion on the basis of the chapters. I found Sander’ Spiritual Leadership to be challenging and helpful. At several moments throughout the book, I was challenged to prayerfully evaluate my life and practices. I found the chapters on personal discipline and prayer to be among the most helpful.

  • Mark Vivian
    2019-05-14 10:39

    Very good challenge and instruction to help you sharpen servant-hearted leadership. I used this with a small group of men several years ago and the book gave us a platform to open up and work together to help one another.