Spiritual Leadership, by J. Oswald Sanders

This book is the classic definitive work on spiritual leadership. It is a must read for every Christian leader. Not just once, or twice, but over and over again.

Although the book is not very thick, it has immense depth and value. Sanders has a way of cutting through the fluff, right to the point to bring conviction and challenge.

Sanders begins the book explaining that the body of Christ has great need for spiritual leaders. Many Christians are uncomfortable with the desire to lead, but he explains how the desire can be God-given, noble and honorable.

Although the need is great and the cause is noble, there is a standard for those who lead. A Christian leader needs to have godly qualities, Christ-like character, and Biblical practices. This book shows where these qualities are taught in the Bible, with practical examples of what they look like in real life.

Sanders goes beyond observing general qualities and characteristics, he also gives us practical points so that we can change and grow.

“We can lead others only as far along the road as we ourselves have traveled. Merely pointing the way is not enough. If we are not walking, then no one can be following, and we are not leading anyone.”                                                        -J. Oswald Sanders, page 28