This piece from Mark Galli at Christianity Today is a soul cry for me. It resonates so deeply. I am exhausted to the point of grief over the phrase “servant leader” because the context of that phrase isn’t reflective of the term at all.
It’s not about how you start… it’s how you finish. Spiritual leaders look back and reflect on the goodness of God. And it’s not always a pleasant place of reflection. Paul was in prison and the executioner was down the hall.
Paul had the leading of the Spirit to see Timothy and invite him to come alongside in ministry. Paul had watched Timothy develop. He could see the potential and the gifts flowing in Timothy’s life and ministry.
I’m not so much into the “prophetic” in our American charismatic model. That has soured me to the point where I haven’t really put much stock in trying to figure out “what’s ahead.” It’s a fear of “looking wacky.”
There are some who seem to revel in the ability to rebuke. They attack like a machine gun. No prisoners taken. Spiritual leadership has a necessity to be strong, but there is a level of gentleness that is applied as well.
Some thoughts on spiritual leadership from 2 Timothy. Before, I looked at the prayer life of a spiritual leader, and the encouragement of a spiritual leader. Spiritual leaders should also live as “Exhibit A.” Spiritual leaders don’t “teach” the way. They show the way.
I am reflecting on some key principles of spiritual leadership as I reflected on 2 Timothy last week in a personal retreat. The first key was prayer. The second principle is encouragement. Paul was one to call out spiritual gifts and help develop those gifts in others.
I know we use terms like “coaching,” but we also use terms in the church like “leadership,” too. I miss other words with slightly different connotations, like “mentoring” and “pastoring.”
Our church leadership is praying through next steps of how we can help other churches pray and discern what the Spirit may be leading them to do in revitalization.