At a conference sponsored by my friends at Leadership Network, Henry Blackaby pointed out the gaping difference between being a leader and being a spiritual leader. Blackaby, well-known for his workbook Experiencing God (written with Claude King), identified signs of an authentic spiritual leader. Maybe you'll find these as probing as I did. Here are my notes:
— "A spiritual leader is one whom God entrusts with other people he calls." Are other people being drawn into ministry because of what they see in you?
— A spiritual leader teaches people to fear God. "When you lose the fear of God, you lose the fear of sin. When you lose the fear of sin, you're of no use to God."
— A spiritual leader knows God and knows the way of God. A spiritual leader knows when God is speaking. He knows where God is going and follows him. As Jesus said, "My sheep know my voice, and they follow me." A truth that runs from Genesis to Revelation is ...1