Study Guide for SPIRTITUAL LEADERSHIP
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Spiritual leadership has proven to be a helpful book for almost everyone who wants to identify and improve his or her leadership abilities. But study and discussion of the book with a small group of close friends can bring even greater benefit. It will encourage honesty and increase accountability. While Sanders makes the case that godly leadership is a God-given assignment, God’s Word indicates that He often uses the confirmation of others along the way (see Acts 13:1-3). This study guide was developed to allow small groups to discuss the concepts in the book in six sessions. The questions are intended to expand upon the reflection questions found at the end of each chapter. The format for each session is divided into three parts.
Get Started starts with common life experiences and helps all group members get involved in the discussion. For a one hour session, spend no more than five minutes on these questions.
Get the Point focuses on the main point of three or four chapters in the book, and provides further discussion on key Bible passages. These questions will typically require 40-45 minutes of discussion time.
Get Going moves group members into the action phase with suggestions for life application. Reserve about 10-15 minutes to discuss these questions.
Read chapters 1-3 and be prepared to discuss in detail the contents and your answers to the following questions.
1. Tell about a time you aspired to be a leader in some area of life.
What position did you aspire to? What happened?
Get the Point
2. Why is it difficult for Christians today to wholeheartedly agree with Paul that spiritual leadership is “an honorable ambition”? (Chapter 1)
3. Why are spiritual leaders of the king we see in Scripture in such short supply today?
4. What is the role of leadership training if spiritual leadership is conferred by God alone (Chapter 2)
5. How do the leadership qualities admired in the business world compare to the qualities required for spiritual leadership? Read and include insights from Mark 10:41-45 in discussing this question.
6. How would you describe “servant leadership” to a young, successful entrepreneur who recently became a Christian? (Chapter 3)
7. How would your church be different if it identified, encouraged, and expected the spiritual leadership described in this chapter? (Chapter 3)
8. What is the most significant insight about spiritual leadership that you have gained by reading these first three chapters?