6 Characteristics of Spiritual Leaders

I am mostly offline, attending a business conference. I have asked several bloggers to post in my absence. This is a guest post by Bob Hamp, the Executive Pastor of Pastoral Care at Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas. You can find his blog or follow him on Twitter. If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.

As believers, we recognize the value of imitating Jesus and His leadership style. But if we really think about it, it’s strange that we try to emulate a leader who never developed an organization, regularly encouraged people to stop following Him, and ultimately saw His death as the pinnacle of His accomplishments.

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What kind of perspective must a leader have to place high value on these kinds of strategies? Jesus was not a manager. His primary role was to function as a spiritual leader.

Not all leaders in religious organizations are spiritual leaders. This is not a criticism as much as a distinction. Distinguishing spiritual leadership from other forms of leadership can free people from unrealistic expectations of some leaders.

At the same time, making this distinction can help identify who the spiritual leaders in your organization are. Here are six characteristics that identify most spiritual leaders:

  1. They lead others into their own encounters with God. One of the most effective things about Jesus’ lifestyle was that He didn’t switch into another mode to introduce His disciples to the reality of God.

    Whether standing in the synagogue or picking wheat along the path, interacting with the Father was so natural that others around Him could not help but do the same. Whether a spiritual leader is training a new employee or working through a difficult conflict resolution, his followers will discover their own connection to God more deeply in the process.

  2. They lead others to discover their own purpose and identity. Spiritual leadership is characterized by great generosity. A spiritual leader genuinely wants others to fully discover who they were made to be.

    Workplace issues and strategic development become tools to help followers discover their own identity and overcome obstacles standing in their way. People functioning in an area of their created identity and strength will always be more productive than those who are simply trying to fill a position or role.

  3. They lead others into transformation—not just production. When the goal is spiritual growth and health, production will always be a natural outcome. People function at their peak when they function out of identity.

    Helping your followers discover that their own transformation can happen on the job will engender loyalty and a high level of morale. Spiritual leadership fosters passion in those who follow. Passion is the ingredient that moves people and organizations from production to transformational impact.

  4. They impact their atmosphere. While we may not stop a tempest with our words, spiritual leaders recognize that they can change the “temperature” of a room, interaction, or relationship.

    Changing the atmosphere is like casting vision, only it is immediate. When there is tension, fear, or apathy, a spiritual leader can transform the immediate power of these storms and restore vision, vitality and hope. A spiritual leader can fill a room with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness and gentleness, even while speaking hard things.

  5. They help people see old things in new ways. Many people are stuck not in their circumstances, but in their perspectives and paradigms. The word “repent” means “to think differently, or to think in a different way.” Jesus called people to look again at old realities through new eyes. Changing ways of thinking always precedes meaningful change.
  6. They gain a following because of who they are—not because of a position they hold. Spiritual leaders can be found in secular organizations, in the same way managers and organizational leaders can be found in religious ones.

    Spiritual leaders influence more than they direct, and they inspire more than they instruct. They intuitively recognize that they are serving something—and Someone—larger than themselves and their own objectives.

Question: Who is someone who has been a spiritual leader in your life? What sets this person apart from other leaders? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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  • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

    I have a friend, Dave, who has been a spiritual leader in my life over the past several years.  He doesn’t work for a church or hold any “spiritual” positions of authority.  In fact, he’s an auto mechanic.  But Dave cares for me.  He takes time to see how I’m doing and to ask me the tough questions.  He’s walked beside me during some pretty dark days.  He’s there to listen.  He’s there to point me to God.  He sees the positive in the dark clouds that linger.  He’s open in his own struggles as a husband and a dad.  I’m blessed to have a friend and spiritual example like Dave.

    • http://www.robsorbo.com/p/welcome-from-disqus.html Rob Sorbo

      That reminds me of my old boss Eric. It is such a blessing to have people like that in your life.

    • Bob Hamp

      Jon…this is EXACTLY what I was trying to convey…sometimes those who occupy the non-vocational positions can impact us the most. How great that you have such a friend/leader in your life!!

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

       Wow, Jon. Incredible. What a gift!

    • Jim Martin

      Jon, what a wonderful friend you have in Dave!  You have also provided us with a model of how we might be that kind of friend.  Thanks.

  • http://talesofwork.com/ kimanzi constable

    My pastor since I was 14 years old, he lead me to the Lord and has always been there for me no matter what. He prayed hard for me when I turned away from the Lord for a few years, it helped!

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      Thanks for sharing, Kimanzi. I know of several pastors who are in the trenches praying alongside someone right now. You give them hope and strength to continue!

      • http://talesofwork.com/ kimanzi constable

        Thank you Michele, don’t know where I’d be with out his prayer and support!

    • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

      Kimanzi,  I would agree with Michele. Pastors draw encouragement from testimonies like yours.

      • http://talesofwork.com/ kimanzi constable

        I will have to let him know more how much I appreciate his ministry!

  • http://www.robsorbo.com/p/welcome-from-disqus.html Rob Sorbo

    Brilliant post, Bob. I love how the spiritual leader directs in so many aspects of our journey–discipleship, sanctification, vocational, perspective. I have seen so many of these traits in spiritual leaders whom I respect. 

    How do I grow to become a spiritual leader to others?

    • Bob Hamp

      Thanks Rob! I think the beauty of a spiritual leader is that if you follow them, you become a spiritual leader also. Pursue your own spiritual growth, and it will affect your relationships, and then, it will affect those you relate to. Become yourself! Others will be naturally drawn.

      • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

        Spiritual leadership always multiplies — internally and externally.

        • http://www.robsorbo.com/p/welcome-from-disqus.html Rob Sorbo

          It’s always so reassuring when God reveals that He knows/knew what He’s doing!

          • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

            And when He doesn’t reveal things so quickly in present circumstances, it’s good to remind ourselves where He’s directed, provided, and enabled in the past. Studying Scripture aids in developing a heart of understanding as well as eyes to see and ears to hear what God is doing in the present.

          • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

            Isn’t it though?!

      • Jim Martin

        Bob, you express this reality very, very well!

  • http://www.alslead.com/ Dave Anderson

    The names include Brad, Mike and Ross.  I think the thing they all impressed me with was their dedication to seeing me grow into the leader God wanted me to be.  Not the leader they thought the church needed me to be.

    I like your third point.  Too often the church sees a high potential person as just that, someone who can be productive to help the church get things done.  We need to be equipping people for doing ministry in life, not just in the church.  We spend 1.5 hours a week at church and 40+ hours a week at work.  How are we equipping people to be in ministry where they are most?

    People are God’s vessels to accomplish His will, not our tools to have more productive churches.  Great post.

    • Bob Hamp

      Thanks Dave. I think we live in a time when more attention is turning to being Christ in the workplace and in every day life. It’s a good time to be alive! I love that you have a list of names!!

    • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

       Dave, I think people who love the Lord want to make an impact beyond the Sunday morning scene. I know, when it comes to writing, I want to know how to improve and make a difference. When I see it modeled in others (like Jeff Goins’ article yesterday), I absorb that information and apply it. The challenge at times is helping people see how to apply faith lessons to their particular situation in the work place. Stories of what others are doing helps.

      • http://runningwithhorses.wordpress.com/ Steve Hawkins

        Last year, I was introduced to Rob Bell’s “Nooma” videos during a small group study. They’re short, 5-15 minute videos about a particular aspect of the christian life and how it’s applied outside the church. They were helpful for me to understand how to bring the gospel out of the church and onto the street. 

    • Jim Martin

      Thanks Dave.  I like your point in the second paragraph.  Most of ministry happens not in a church building but wherever we spend most of our time.  For most of us, this will be work and home.  It is so important that those of us who are church leaders legitimize the everyday ministries of others.  This everyday ministry really is a part of the church’s ministry.

      Good comment!

      • http://www.alslead.com/ Dave Anderson

        I think I heard JR Vasser say this at a Work As Worship conference:  “The word secular is not in the Bible.  There is not sacred work and secular work.  For God, it is all sacred!

        • http://darensirbough.com/ Daren Sirbough

          That’s a very true point. Whether our deeds are for a Christian or non Christian audience, they are sacred because we are working for God. Great reminder of that truth.

      • http://runningwithhorses.wordpress.com/ Steve Hawkins

        You may not realize it but you night be the only image of Christ in many people’s lives each day. That’s an awesome responsibility–a reminder that character is important. 

  • http://runningwithhorses.wordpress.com/ Steve Hawkins

    I’ve had many spiritual leaders who became “road signs” in my life to steer me in the right direction. The thing about road signs is that you usually see them only once along your way. They can be a flashing detour sign, warning me of danger ahead, an offramp sign telling me to get off the highway right now, or a mileage marker, reminding me of how far I’ve travelled so far. And although they come once in your life, they have an incredible impact on your safety when traveling through an unfamiliar town. 

    My first encounter with a spiritual leader was a pastor named Randy who spoke after Saturday evening concerts at a church near my boyhood town. He had an unusual method of preaching. One evening after a Sweet Comfort Band concert, I heard him say, “Verily verily…that means ‘for sure dude.'” Wait…your not supposed to laugh in church? But his humor helped me understand the Bible in a different perspective. When a friend invited me to his church, I listened to a pastor who transformed the “saints” in the Bible to normal, everyday people who had problems of their own. His teaching style was “hey, let’s go through this and understand it together.” He still ministers to me through his podcasts, and continues to impact my life.

    So sometimes God brings many spiritual leaders into your life, like specialists who can help you face a particular problem. I’m thankful that I’ve had many spiritual leaders in my life. 

    • Bob Hamp

      “For sure dude!”…I love that and will likely quote it one day! I also like the road sign metaphor and the various ways you applied it.
      I notice the two guys you mention both made spiritual life normal and natural. That could be another significant characteristic! Thanks for your thoughts..

      • http://runningwithhorses.wordpress.com/ Steve Hawkins

        For sure. 

    • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

      Your observations remind us all that, when we serve the Lord, we influence others. Sometimes we don’t even know that we’ve made an impact in another person’s life. Your words are encouraging.

      • http://darensirbough.com/ Daren Sirbough

        I’m learning that as I lead how powerful our words are. And to echo what has already been said in this blog, it’s not the position which gives the impact.

  • http://chrisvonada.com chris vonada

    Good stuff Bob! I believe we all have a role as spiritual leaders, and that is to help influence people to a growing relationship with Jesus Christ… your post shines a beautiful light on this theme!

    • Bob Hamp

      Thanks Chris for your kind words!

  • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

    My good friend, John Hansen, has been a spiritual mentor for many years. He used to be my pastor, and I had the privilege of being in a discipleship group for a year with him. John has a heart for God, and has some incredible life stories. What I like about John, is that he is real. He talks about the good times as well as the bad. He talks about struggles and triumphs. He asks the tough questions.

    Even though my wife and I have moved away and we don’t attend his church anymore, I still am able to keep in touch through Facebook.

    • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

      Steve Hawkins wrote in another comment about a pastor who made the “saints” come alive as real people. I love the fact that Scripture shows us men and women struggling through faith issues and overcoming obstacles and their own frailties to serve God. When we meet people like that, authentic believers, we’re attracted to their influence in our lives.

    • Jim Martin

      John, you’ve put your finger on something so important as you describe your former pastor.  You describe him as real.  Personal authenticity is so important for any spiritual mentor.  

  • Rachel Lance

    Great post, Bob. I love the line, “When the goal is spiritual growth and health, production will always be a natural outcome. People function at their peak when they function out of identity.” There is a lot to think on in those two sentences alone – I have a couple people in mind to share & discuss this with. Can’t wait.

    • Bob Hamp

      Thanks Rachel! Enjoy those discussions!

  • Jack Lynady

    Nice Read. I call them Sages. Like Jesus they are often discounted, overlooked, and avoided by the “ones in charge”.  It’s a big reason the church is in the state it is in. These folks walk with God but don’t typically follow the seminary track. They are a rare treasure to those who find them….

    • Bob Hamp

      Strange isn’t it? Sadly the spiritual leader and the leadership position do not always overlap. The good thing about that to me, is the example that seminary and church staff positions do not necessarily represent the final step in spiritual growth. Thanks Jack

  • http://beckfarfromhome.blogspot.com/ Beck Gambill

    My Dad! I’m proud to say he is a gifted spiritual leader and I’ve had the privilege to be led by him. A pastor for a number of years he rejoined the secular work force when I was a teenager. He’s held influential positions as an engineer often serving as production or plant manager. He leads from godly principals and has often impacted others personal lives. Men going through hard times he takes out for lunch and points to scripture, teams floundering he simply lays out ethical guidelines, he cheer-leads, and prays. He doesn’t see himself as the spiritual leader others do, thinking he left ministry behind, but I see it and I’m so grateful for his influence!

    • http://cherionethingivelearned.blogspot.com/ Cheri Gregory

      Beck —  

      My first response was my father, too! He’s been working with AIDS patients since 1981, offering compassionate whole patient care, including spiritual care.

      Spirituality is so fully integrated into his life and identity, it flows through everything he does, whether working at the county STD clinic, listening empathetically to me, my brother, or one of our four cousins, or caring for my mother who has Alzheimer’s Disease.

      As with so many spiritual leaders, he leads by example…not so much by what he does but through who he is, day in and day out, regardless of circumstances.

      • Jim Martin

        Cheri, your dad sounds like an incredible person.  Thanks for telling us about him.

      • http://beckfarfromhome.blogspot.com/ Beck Gambill

        He sounds like a wonderful man! I’m sorry to hear his metal is being tested by such challenging circumstances, but it sounds like your family is blessed to have his care.

    • Bob Hamp

      I LOVE that your dad is who you think of! How wonderful for anyone to have a father who accurately represents God the Father.

      • http://beckfarfromhome.blogspot.com/ Beck Gambill

         Thanks Bob. He’s not perfect for sure, but he is good.

    • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal


      You remind me of my father’s influence which is coming more and more to the fore as I grow older. I live in Wisconsin and the rest of my family are in Texas. A brother’s recent cancer diagnosis has surprised us all. In the midst of this news, my brother has shown an indomitable spirit (“Tom, I’m in a win-win situation”) and my father has responded as an example of, in my two sisters’ words, “a prayer warrior.”

      I don’t enjoy the way character has been revealed but I am thankful that true character has arisen out of the difficulties.

      Thanks so much for sharing your story and helping to bring my own to the surface.

      • Jim Martin

        Tom, thank you for sharing with us a part of your family’s story in some very trying circumstances.  You brother and your dad sound like they have an incredible spirit and character.

      • http://beckfarfromhome.blogspot.com/ Beck Gambill

        I appreciate you taking the time to share your own story! What a gift a godly father is. I know I don’t take it lightly and it sounds as though you don’t either. I’m sorry to hear your father’s character is shining through under such painful circumstances. I hope his care eases the ache for you all especially your brother.

    • Jim Martin

      Beck, what a tribute to your dad.  Many of us see a person in a particular role or function.  The child of that person, however, sees that same person when no one else is looking.  For the child of a pastor to speak the way you did regarding your dad is powerful!

  • Julie Rains

    Friends, Young Life leaders, and pastors who…believe in absolute truth but know that God has a unique design and call for each of us, so we don’t all look alike or walk in lockstep; show that being extremely compassionate doesn’t mean compromising holiness; are willing to admit struggles in order to acknowledge the power of grace as transformative; and demonstrate Christian community, treasuring everyone regardless of status and encouraging mutual support. 

  • Ginacox1

    Excellent post. I teach leadership in our ministry school
    And will definitely share this post. Anyway to correct the misspelling of “characteristics” in the title?

    • http://justin.am/ Justin Wise

      Gina … Michael is on vacation and will be back next week. I’ll pass along the word and have it corrected then. Thanks.

  • http://cherionethingivelearned.blogspot.com/ Cheri Gregory

    “When the goal is spiritual growth and health, production will always be a natural outcome….Spiritual leadership fosters passion in those who follow.”

    Seems to me that compassion is a key part of #3. Instead of  using external rewards and punishments to motivate, a spiritual leader develops caring relationships. 

    • Bob Hamp

      Great point Cheri!! Thanks.

  • http://www.thegeezergadgetguy.com/ Thad Puckett

    I am blessed to work at a company full of spiritual leaders.  Mike is my direct boss, and he is a servant leader in every way.  He constantly sets an excellent example for me as a spiritual leader.  

    • http://justin.am/ Justin Wise

      Wow. What a daily gift!

    • Jim Martin

      What a blessing for you and others, Thad.  

  • http://twitter.com/averageus Lon Hetrick

    Thanks for this. To round out a nice “perfect 7″, I’d add that spiritual leaders direct people to Scripture where they will discover God’s will and ways and grace in Christ.

    • Bob Hamp

      Love it Lon! The number of perfection, and a great point!

    • http://justin.am/ Justin Wise

      Lon …. Do you have a practical example of when you have done this in the past?

  • CC Shumake

    This by far one of the most concise yet powerful blogs I’ve read on spiritual leadership; evokes pratical application to authentic leadership in every day circumstances which points others to Jesus Christ.
    Thank you

    • Bob Hamp

      Thanks CC!! Your words are very encouraging! I wanted the points to be practical and applicable. I am glad to hear that i hit the target!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/jory.h.fisher Jory Hingson Fisher

    Bob, I am very touched by your article. Thank you and bless you.  Without a doubt, my father was the most incredible spiritual leader a daughter could have.  He modeled humility, grace, love, tenderness, patience, resilience, strength — in short, he modeled the essence of Christianity.  I am happy to pay tribute to the late Capt. James Monroe Hingson, USN.  He went Home in 1999 followed 9 months later by his bride of 57 years.  I was fortunate to have them both as my parents.

    • http://bobhamp.com/ Bob Hamp

      Jory, I am sorry for your losses. It sounds that you gained more from them than you could ever lose. I am loving how many people are naming their fathers as their spiritual leaders. It restores hope in our future!

  • http://mauricefoverholt.wordpress.com/ Maurice F. Overholt

    I appreciate this post; it was a good reminder to me of what I should be trying to do in my life.

    My father is one of my spiritual leaders.  When he walks onto a job or into a room, people gravitate towards him.  When he is at a restaurant, people want to talk to him.  Almost always he has a word of encouragement for them or prays for them.  Recently he spent 15 minutes talking to me about my own vision and what he sees for me.  Who couldn’t be attracted to that?
    Another leader is a pastor of a local church who was a colleague of mine in an earlier job when I was overwhelmed.  He came along side me and walked me through some pretty tough times.  As with my dad, whenever he walks into a space, people sense his presence because he is positive and God centered.

    My mentor is another.  I am so grateful for these people.

    • http://bobhamp.com/ Bob Hamp

      Maurice…I think that you hit on another characteristic! Spiritual leaders are attractive and people want to talk to them.

  • http://lisadelay.com/blog Lisa Colon DeLay

    What salient points! Bob, thank you.

    Leadership, like being as artist, is about seeing well. It’s primarily  about a way of being and serving not about accomplishing an agenda (personal or otherwise). I think so many people who lead or want to lead never take this into consideration.

    Would that all leaders take your insights!

    I’m after a spiritual director as a leader for me, and hope for an appointment soon. She’s like a spiritual Gandalf (Lord of the Rings), abounding in love, the presence of the Lord, and providing plenty of space to realize the omnipresence of God. Asking the right questions and finding where God is in all things are precious gifts a spiritual leader can bestow. 

    • http://bobhamp.com/ Bob Hamp

      Asking questions. Such a strong tool in the hands of a spiritual leader. I hope you find the leader and guidance you are after. Leadership, especially spiritual leadership is definitely an art form. I love that. Thanks Lisa.

  • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

    Bob, you have been the instigator of a great conversation at the breakfast table this morning. Thank you! Over the past few years, we’ve experienced a lack of spiritual leadership in our church community. But I grew up with a dad who is a strong spiritual leader, in a church that was led by a devoted group of Godly men and women. All that to say, I’ve seen the outcomes of both. Sobering. When faced with the absence of spiritual leadership, the temptation was to become negative, critical. But we’re learning it’s a prime opportunity for us to step up and hopefully become what we need from others. Thanks for leading us with YOUR counsel.

    • http://bobhamp.com/ Bob Hamp

      Michele, I always love to instigate stimulating conversation!! I love your insight. It is too easy to criticize, and become the very opposite of what we are seeking. I do believe we are in a generation in which spiritual leaders are beginning to really take their place and become more visible in the church. Sadly, there will always be tares among the wheat, but as you said, our job is to be sure that we are wheat! Converse on!

      • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

        I’m seeing some of those same “signs of life” when it comes to spiritual leadership in the church. Exciting!

    • http://runningwithhorses.wordpress.com/ Steve Hawkins

      Where there’s no vision, the people perish.  

    • http://runningwithhorses.wordpress.com/ Steve Hawkins

      I’ve noticed in my own experience that some of the strongest churches have programs for men to help them become men of God. Passivity is an unspoken social disease that many men succumb to because of their past, family, or other experience. When men come together and sharpen iron with each other, some truly great things can happen. 

  • http://twitter.com/JaymesDowner Jaymes Downer

    Great Post!!! I think it is crucial to determine what a spiritual leader looks like. I believe we have an innate desire to follow these leaders, even after we become one. The role of leader is often occupied by people who want to be followed for personal gain, but your example of a spiritual leader seems to be quite selfless.
    By the way, you fit this role quite well in my own life.
    You’re a Gentleman and a Jedi!

    • http://bobhamp.com/ Bob Hamp

      Thanks Jaymes! Nice to see you over here. Your comment made me smile.

    • http://justin.am/ Justin Wise

      A jedi! Now how do I get a title like that?! ;)

      • http://bobhamp.com/ Bob Hamp

        There is a special training you have to go through…it includes a little hand to hand combat, and working on your father issues. ;)

    • http://runningwithhorses.wordpress.com/ Steve Hawkins

      Spiritual leaders are readers!

  • http://twitter.com/JRTaylorMusic JR Taylor

    I think of three people immediately. The first is Steve Shaver, at Austin Christian Fellowship in Austin TX (and previously Cross Camp). He has had the biggest influence on my own spiritual leadership for most of the above reasons. The second is Don Ellsworth, Worship Pastor at Austin Ridge Bible Church, and the third (and most recent influencer in my life) is Paul Kemp, lead pastor at Fellowship Bible Church in Austin, TX. I am so grateful for each of these men.  Thank you, Pastor Hamp, for pointing out this important leadership distinction!

  • Connie Mcculloch

    The Kuehn’s have been my mentors for 20 years.  They respond from the heart of God with Scripture passages.  They listen yet “never tell you what you should or should not do”.  They ask questions and with their questions “steer you in a direction” as God reveals His desire within the situation.  I Corinthians 3:5-11 comes to mind when thinking of the Kuehn’s.  They plant… they water… but GOD gives the growth.  A wonderful couple … sharing God’s love with many… They are a blessing to my son, daughter-in-law and me… “Thank you Lord, for the Kuehn’s… Bless them Lord as they continue to serve you for Kingdom purpose and Kingdom living unto Your glory!!  In Jesus’ Name… Amen!!

  • Nadya Dickson

    Ron is a new addition to my circle of colleagues, a true influencer and spritual leader. You cannot be anything but authentic in his presence. There is not only permission but a compelling atmosphere to reach for the impossible when around him. I look forward to continuing to build our organization under his mentorship and though he seeks no position am praying he will become or next chairman.

    • http://bobhamp.com/ Bob Hamp

      Great example Nadya. I love how you describe that he influences even when he is NOT the chairman. What a strength, to compel others to be honest, just by being so yourself.

  • http://www.LaurindaOnLeadership.com/ Laurinda Bellinger

    Great post Bob!  The spiritual leaders that have had the greatest impact on my life also were very transparent about their strengths and failures.  It’s something I strive to do as well.  Thanks for sharing this. 

    • http://justin.am/ Justin Wise

      Transparency is key, right? If we don’t know how you both win and lose, we’re only getting half the story, right?

    • http://bobhamp.com/ Bob Hamp

      My pleasure LB! I can start a new list for part two of this post. So far Transparency, and making spiritual things seem natural have stood out in this comment string! Thanks!

    • http://runningwithhorses.wordpress.com/ Steve Hawkins

      One of the things that changed my life as a Christian was when I bought a Bible that  I could understand. Right now, I’m reading the New Living Translation. When I began to understand God’s word more clearly, I discovered some startling things about the people in the Bible. Abraham lied; Jacob cheated; Moses murdered and complained; and David committed adultery. I just couldn’t see all of this beyond the “Thee’s” and “Thou’s”. 

  • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

    Even before you asked the question, I thought of my friend Gerd. He ran a GM dealership near the small town in which I served as pastor. What set him apart? He had a quiet integrity, a depth of character, that I observed even before I knew him well. As I came to know him, I recognized that this man was a man who studied the scriptures and spent time in prayer. He saturated his counsel with Scripture and personal experience.

    • http://justin.am/ Justin Wise

      The world needs more Gerds!

      • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

         Amen. And reading other comments, we’ve been blessed with more.

        • http://bobhamp.com/ Bob Hamp

          I couldn’t agree more! These comments have really been encouraging. The world is filled with Gerds, who are hidden in places of anonymity, waiting for you and I to show up with our need. Thanks T!

    • http://runningwithhorses.wordpress.com/ Steve Hawkins

      Isn’t it awesome when you meet someone who lives a life of character and integrity and then discover later on that he or she is a Christian? I think that type of life brings more people to Christ than anything else. 

      • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

         Yes, and although integrity isn’t exclusive to Christian believers, I’m not surprised when a person of integrity also has a strong, vital faith in Jesus Christ.

  • Sarahdicus2007

    Errol was a teacher who planted seeds lovingly lloooong before I became a believer. He died before i became a believer. Finding a leader willing to let you follow is not easy. The last two sentences are my favorate, Bob. But, how do u WORK at it, and when do you wait to be aligned with it?

    • http://bobhamp.com/ Bob Hamp

      Sarah, the best way I know to answer, is that there is a difference between striving and diligence. Striving seems needlessly difficult, and often feels like movement against the grain. Diligence is staying with the things we know to do, when perhaps many other things call to us. Hard work can be easy, when it is not striving. I hope this answers some of what you asked.

  • Pauline Logan

    During a very low time in my life sixteen years ago, a friend came alongside me  with friendship and  spriitual mentoring. She allowed me to stay in her home for a time, soaking up God’s Word. She put her own plans for the week on hold and made herself available to help me in whatever ways she could. This dear friend continues to pray for me and my three children, even to this day.

    Another spiritual mentor, a pastor, has  opened my eyes in a deeper way to God’s Word. He continues to send out excellent teachings and prophecies without asking for anything in return–except praise reports and  prayers. I think of this man as “infected with joy.”

    Both of these people demonstrate the selflessness and generosity that you said characterize spiritual leaders, Michael. Thank you for a thought-provoking post.

    • http://bobhamp.com/ Bob Hamp

      Pauline, sounds like you have been well cared for. I think we would be in more trouble if we lost our spiritual leaders, than if we lost any other kind of leader. I am loving all the examples of how much we all need spiritual parenting.

  • http://lauriewallin.com/ Laurie Wallin

    Bob, I’ve been struggling with a battle on the homefront with one of our adopted girls lately, and it’s made me so insecure. This post was like a moment with Jesus, seeing Him smile over me about how I’m (trying to) live life. Thank you so much.

    • http://bobhamp.com/ Bob Hamp

      Laurie, I am so sorry to hear of the struggles. I have a friend with some adopted kiddoes and she has been going through some real heartbreak. Stay the course, and connect to people and leaders who can help. I am glad to hear that this post helped. May you be strengthened to continue to lead hurting kids.

  • http://twitter.com/displacedcowboy Scott Fairchild

    First things first. Your first point was outstanding, I cannot lead people where I haven’t been. To have my flock pursue Christ, I have to pursue Christ. You are on point.

    • http://bobhamp.com/ Bob Hamp

      Thanks Scott, I fear the opposite if this is why so many have fallen in the past, and why so many people view the church through suspicious eyes. Sounds like you are leading well! Keep it up.

  • Aja

    Thanks for sharing on the six characteristics; it was one of thef first blogs in a long time where as I finished the last paragraph and cried out “no” because I wanted to read more!   There were two or three things that really caught me but the part on prodcutivity and how it is a natural outcome of spiritual growth and an understanding of identity – that is truly fantastic!  I work with a leader who cares more about us then what we accomplish, would rather have us self-care than perform, wants us to build oursleves more than our ministry and truly values our transparency.  That type of safety has created an environment of health that I have never known in corporate or ministry settings before and it also has created a desire in myself to give the same thing away to employees and volunteers.

    • http://bobhamp.com/ Bob Hamp

      Sounds like a fantastic environment!  :) I think when people step into the thing that they are made for, and it fits with their occupation it can be explosive in the best possible ways. Thanks for letting everyone know that spiritual growth has produced in you such a capacity to “produce”!

  • Mindy Bowman

    The best spiritual leader in my life is my husband, Todd.  People are always telling him that the love of God just radiates from his face. And that is the very first thing I noticed about him when I met him…his awesome smile and the love I saw shining from it.  He is always willing to listen and help in anyway he can.  He never judges and is very supportive whether he is giving encouragement or constructive criticism.  He is always the first person our children go to when they need help with an issue. I am blessed and honored to have such a wonderful example in him.

    • http://bobhamp.com/ Bob Hamp

      Mindy, you are the first I have seen to name their husband in these comments. Truly you are blessed. And he is blessed for you to share with all of us! You have honored him.

    • http://beckfarfromhome.blogspot.com/ Beck Gambill

       Amazing Mindy that you can and choose to point to your husband as the best spiritual leader in your life! I wonder how much your support as his wife, your respect and honor, have propelled him to being even a stronger leader. I’m convicted to give my husband that honor as well!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=587452541 Jessica Dromgoole

    The 2 Spiritual leaders that stand out the most in my married life are Mike & Jeanne. They came along side my husband and I and loved on us where we were at. In the lowest time in our marriage when the Lord told us that we would be ministering to married couples and families, our doubt was so great but theirs was firm in knowing that Gods word to us comes to fruition. They believed in us when we didn’t, they walked with us when we felt alone and hopeless. Then they trained us to lead a marriage class. It was such a special time in our lives, we have been impacting marriages ever since in a non-structured way (meaning not as a class but as individuals that have just come our way and just seem to come our way in a steady pace). We to this stay still reflect on that time in our lives and are so thankful. 

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  • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

    A spiritual leader is someone who brings a holistic change in the life of the person.  It’s true that a spiritual acts like mentor, philosopher and guide in one’s life. I specially like your point on transformation.

  • http://www.kellycombs.com/ Kelly Combs

    You have set the bar high with this list.

    The person who comes to mind for me, is my best friend. She helped me see God as a father, and not some far out universal God (#5) and it was through our regular encounters and every day experiences that she shared with me. It was the way she led her life, not any special teaching. 

    Thanks Bob, for sharing this. 

    • http://TillerFamily.org/ John Tiller

      So true, Kelly!  My spiritual leaders have done the same for me.

  • Heatherls

    Great blog.  One of my college proffs was a man who walked with God.  It did not matter what he was lecturing on…the spirit of the living God shined in Him, and I felt drawn closer to Him myself.  Whether picking wheat or teaching in the temple…we are called to reflect Jesus.  It takes pressing in.

    • http://bobhamp.com/ Bob Hamp

      Heather, I am making a mental list of all the places that people have discovered spiritual leaders in this comment string. Auto mechanic, bible teacher, college prof, best friend, all ordinary people who have given extraordinarily!  “God shined in him” I love that!

  • Rebecca Wilson

    Very inspiring blog, Bob!  I am really challenged to remember the ‘influencing the environment’ part.  Thank you for sharing this important information!

  • Temaleti Li

    The spiritual leader in life is John McEwan. He teaches the bible and he walks it.  He is passionate about the word and for me who wasn’t much into reading the word is NOW reading the word and enjoying it.  I just need to be consistent in applying the word to my day to day life.  It is a blessing to be part of his flock.

    • http://TillerFamily.org/ John Tiller

      Temaleti, you make an excellent point that great leaders, lead by example.  They make the rest of us want to do better.  

  • Karen Zeigler

    Almost daily I pray that I would be gracious and generous, so when your #2 generosity came up I automatically thought of graciousness.  I think a great leader (spiritual and otherwise) are gracious to recognize that shortcoming/mistakes are either 1. Not part of a persons strengths/gifting or 2. Part of a strength that they as a leader are helping them to develop.   In addition they are gracious enough to address the shortcomings and allow the individual and the organization to get back to their strengths and mission.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      I like your thinking on graciousness!

  • Josiah

    “Spiritual leadership is characterized by great generosity.” Yes.

    I thankful for a Spiritual Leader in my life who has allowed a 20 year old kid from a hick town in Michigan to come and learn from an elite staff of one of the biggest churches in the country. That is some generosity…and I’m forever grateful :-)

    • http://TillerFamily.org/ John Tiller

      I’m with you, Josiah!  I’ve also been the benefactor of great leaders giving their time generously to a young kid.  As I grow in my leadership, I’ve learned that senior leaders are highly likely to take a chance on investing in others with a teachable spirit, if we just ask respectfully. 

    • http://bobhamp.com/ Bob Hamp

      Josiah, sounds like you are having a great time! It also sounds like you are one teachable and receptive 20 year old! You are already one world-changing man.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1398138107 Dale William Melchin

    You’e hit the nail on the head with this article.  Spiritual leadership has to be part of who you are.  Fortunately, the stuff that’s mentioned here can be cultivated!

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

       Amen Dale! You can’t just flick the leadership switch on and off. It’s full-time.

    • http://bobhamp.com/ Bob Hamp

      Exactly Dale! Some of it is who you are and some of it is the diligence to grow into who you are in front of others!

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  • Teresa

    My son, Jay. He fits every attribute you listed, Bob. He has passion and patience as he guides me to grow in the Word. He transforms any space he is in, with his heart for the Lord. He helps me feel strong in who I am in the Lord, and what I can accomplish. He has a way of making rethink and ponder. Being around him is a new encounter with the heart of Christ, and it transforms with growth every time!

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

       Wow Teresa! It sounds like you raised one great son and you’re reaping the benefits from it.

  • http://darensirbough.com/ Daren Sirbough

    My former worship pastor was like this. He set the atmosphere when he walked into a room. He was the diplomat of many people groups at church. He helped me in my own relationship with God and modelled Godliness not because of his role, but because of who he is in Christ. It’s a model that is still with me to this day.

  • http://www.struggletovictory.com/ Kari Scare

    My pastor is definitely a spiritual leader in my life and so is my husband. These people are set apart by their love for the Word and for serving. They seem to have boundless energy for the things of God, and they are so supportive of my growing in the Lord in my own way. Without them, I would not be writing a blog today. They inspire so much of what I write. There are also a lot of spiritual leaders for me through the books that I read (Warren Weirsbe & John Ortberg for example). Writers like these provide a lot of support and corroboration for what I learn at church, and they help me understand my place in God’s will. They also give examples of how I can express that through writing.

  • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

    The youth pastor at my church has been a spiritual leader to me. He has shown me grace, welcomed me back with open arms after I had left the church, and guided me more than I realize. He’s been a true blessing in my life.

  • http://amberlouthan.com/ Amber Louthan

    This season seams to have me fully surrounded by absolutely incredible Spiritual Leaders. Bob, your leadership and teaching has opened my eyes for sure. Nancy Houston has shown me tremendous compassion and grace. Alan Smith and Nancy Smith have totally changed me with their wisdom, steadiness, and open arms. Add Sam Golden, Ris Star and Aja Schewie to that list… and count me one incredibly blessed and humbled girl. The thing you all do that is so radically different though, is- Love unconditionally, and point people to Jesus. Continually. It is not about me. You are not all about you. And it has turned my world upside down in the most wonderful way. It makes me want to be led. It makes me want to lead. Mostly it makes me want to know Jesus more because I see so much of Him in you all and it’s totally compelling. So. Thank you. And Lovelovelove. 

    • http://bobhamp.com/ Bob Hamp

      Amber, you always have a way with words. I have watched you flourish this last year, and I love how you express it. The leaders you are under “make you want to be led!” Now that is less and less common. Great to see you over here!

  • Julie Brunson

     I would have to say that my mom has been my greatest influence.  Leading by serving and compassion for others.  Seeing how she smiles at a downcast child or says a word of encouragement to somebody who others look down upon.  I use to think of leaders as individuals serving in positions at church or the workplace, but I have come to see differently.  A mother of 7 and grandmother of 34, she lives and exudes the love of Christ. 

  • Kapil Sopory

    My spiritual guru has been my guiding spirit throughout. The  crux of his message is
    – I’m not the doer.
    – Happy Thoughts; always positive thinking.
    – “You” are beyond body, mind and intellect. Find answer to “Who am I?”
    – Go to your core and not to the cover only.
    – Let not your mind control “you”!
    – Help the needy.
    -Thank Him for His bounties always.
    -Watchful consciousness. 
    on the whole, have holistic living.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1314031720 Rod George

    The truly spiritual leaders I experienced in my life, have in fact been an experience not just a meeting. Small things just seem to happen, ideas seem to appear. One such leader was a chess player I met many years ago, who in the middle of the game said I have to now make this move and preceded to make a move that allowed me to win in the very next move, I later asked what was his purpose for doing that. He simply said. “You needed to win more than I”. At that point in my life I did need to win. Two days later I moved away from there and had a new start.

    • http://bobhamp.com/ Bob Hamp

      Rod, so fascinating, and what an interesting story. Doesn’t sound at all the way I might consider a chess master. Spiritual leadership instead of competition. Love how he recognized and humbly provided something you needed, without considering his own reputation.

  • MichelleBentham

    Jan Greenwood. She is so naturally inclined to lead, think differently, challenge you at  the core of your being without demeaning who you are, and she comes alongside as she builds you up in both your faith in God and your faith in your own identity to live and breathe and be all that god created you to be.

    Beth Moore. One of the things she has always said is that good leaders will lead others to Christ in such a way that when they stop leading the followers will still be following Christ. 

    Last but not least… Not ever said this to you face-to-face, but Bob Hamp is my pastor, he is the chief supervisor on my hall in Pastoral Care and by far one of the most influential leaders I’ve  ever known in my life. He knows these things he writes of so well because he lives them all well. Thank you for being the kind of leader who loves, brings life and speaks identity to those who come after. You empower people everyday simply by being who you are! 

    • http://bobhamp.com/ Bob Hamp

      Thanks Michelle for your kind words and for your loving service!!

      • MichelleBentham

        My pleasure… Humbled to be counted among the awesomeness on the PC Hall! :) 

  • Jettie Omdahl

    Train your children in the way they should go, and when you are old, they will lead you.   What a blessing children are, and, oh my, what we learn from them.

  • Marsha Chancey

    My Pastor, Mark Smith, is a true spiritual leader in my life.  He is wise in leading us to discover how and where our strengths and talents will best serve our Lord.  I know I can trust him by the life he lives that shows his personal connection with God.  His desire is for us to “Go Deeper” in God’s word and to keep our relationship with God fresh and continually growing.  He urges us to keep in sight that we are God’s church and we are to consult Him in every decision and remember that it is God that we serve.

    He speaks the truth of the Gospel and doesn’t water down our responsibility to check our lives for hidden sin and our need for repentance.  All the while, teaching us of God’s love and grace.  We are a growing church, and he is a Christ-like leader in solving the issues of a church that faces challenges with space and obtaining enough spiritually lead staff to minister effectively.  He is strong, knowledgeable, and an excellent diplomat.

    My life is blessed to worship with him as he leads me into a deeper walk with Jesus.

  • Joel G. Quile

    The Holy Spirit knows that for me to “get” something, I have to hear it 3 times from 3 different sources. Thank you Bob (& Michael) for being the “third word.” God has been reminding me to “be” rather than “do” and to “follow” (Him first) before I “lead.” (others second) This post reminds me of Paul’s words to the Galatians, “since you started by the Spirit, stay in step with the Spirit.”

    Thank you so much for obediently sharing this truth. I am blessed. I’ve repented of wrong thinking. 

    • http://bobhamp.com/ Bob Hamp

      Joel, I am always happy to be in other peoples process. I bet you have been someone else’s “third word” on more than one occasion.

  • http://twitter.com/CoachTheresaIF Theresa Ip Froehlich

    Spiritual leadership is about lifting up Jesus Christ, empowering others to walk more closely with him, and all the while giving glory to God for all the leadership results.

    I love this post. It says it so well.

  • Vickiegoalen

    You are a spiritual leader to me Bob, leading me to discover true freedom.  I cannot begin to tell you the transformation in my life now that I am not depending on “information”, but “revelation.    Of course, this really messed with my religion and those in my life who are great leaders of organizations, but not sharing/teaching Life.  Thankful, that I now know I can hear, listen and obey, spreading life everywhere I go because we don’t go to church, we are the church.

  • Anonymous

    Great post.  Some leaders have failed to live up to this standard, in addition to the biblical standard.  In my case, I do not have an encouraging comment to share.  I was under a pastor for 10 years that I believed always had my best interests at heart as a leader.  He then failed in that responsibility towards me (morally and ethically) and nearly made a shipwreck of my faith.  I have now sharpened my discernment towards leaders, especially those who stand in the pulpit.  Hindsight is 20/20, and if I only had this information (your post) 10 years ago, I might have saved myself a lot of pain.  So to add to what you wrote, a leader must also live up to the biblical standard, as well as have the atttributes you listed.    Thanks.

    • http://bobhamp.com/ Bob Hamp

      Anonymous… I am so sorry to hear of your experience. Sadly, your story is too common. My observation is that the ship is turning. The very reason I write such a post is to help us all think about the things that God has designed for the human race, and how as leaders arise, they can cooperate with God’s purposes. What you have described is a very painful thing to go through. I hope you have re-discovered a living and vital faith that can be led by others, but does not depend on others. Thanks for sharing honestly.

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  • Simeon Grew

    There was a great man of God who preached in our church once, and i haven’t seen him now for four years. The way he lived his life empowered me and still does today!

  • http://tangoleadership.wordpress.com/ PoulAndreassen

    uniqueness of your article is indeed something that is influential in
    nature if probed deeply, it eventually got connected to leadership
    and I realized it in my instincts.

    is true”Spiritual leaders influence more than they direct, and
    they inspire more than they instruct. They intuitively recognize that
    they are serving something—and Someone—larger
    than themselves and their own objectives. “Hope
    fully this can be implemented in any sector.

    for sharing it in such a delightful manner..!

    • http://bobhamp.com/ Bob Hamp

      Thanks Poul. Part of my intent is to draw attention to the fact that spiritual leadership is not limited to only religious organizations. It is also true that religious organizations need management at times, and that should be a legitimate expression in churches and ministries. Having realistic expectations of leaders can help us all prevent disappointments, and more importantly, help us value what every leader contributes.

  • Kayarmstrong

    Love this blog Bob! What a beautiful picture of spirit filled leadership and empowerment. I spent many years following great leaders in the corporate world. They taught me how to shift paradigms, increase production and motivate people. Sadly, not one of them helped me discover my own identity & purpose or led me into a deeper encounter with God. Thankfully at church I get to work along side some of these spiritual leaders you’ve described, yourself included, and the difference has been life changing. My prayer is that we would see spiritual leaders ascend to high levels in the corporate world further transforming those environments! Great article!

  • MDT

    Hello Pastor Bob and followers of Christ. I enjoyed your blog and found my mind thinking about the section on generosity. Many years ago I was a member of a Vestry commitee and as usual the topic of parish funds were a discussion point after the treasurers report. The question of how much people should give was then discussed. The eldest member of Vestry said she felt an amount equal to what people spent on entertainment should be appropriate. This horrified one of the members of the Vestry and comments were traded.   As I got to know the members of the parish more I learnt that the elderly member was in her late 70’s had taught Sunday School for 30 + years, been on committees for year, acted as a voluntary treasurer, and been active in conservation in the environment for decades. All of this acts were carried out in a quiet, non attention seeking way. It makes me think about generosity and giving – the currency is not always in dollars.
    God Bless you all!

  • FreddieTeague

    This is a fantastic post for those of us who are young leaders just really getting started in becoming the influential and impacting men/women God has asked us to be.

    • http://bobhamp.com/ Bob Hamp

      Thanks Freddie, I am glad to know you are getting good input early…the Kingdom is ready for a generation of people who are spiritual leaders on purpose!

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  • http://www.AnnaMorten.com/ Anna Morten

    In my opinion, a spiritual leader’s most important quality is their ability to walk their talk. Only someone who who lives by what they seek to teach others is a (spiritual) leader to be taken seriously. 

    My spiritual teacher/leader was a middle-aged suburban lady who has a spiritual circle of which I was a member. She taught me for 10 years until she died and I owe her an immense amount of spiritual knowledge, and  the inner peace, contentment and a sense of happiness I enjoy every day. Thank you, Sharna.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/jeremy.ragan.31 Jeremy Ragan

    I have only been walking the faith for 2 years.  Every bit of these 2 aside from 3months during winter I am on the road working.  So I have met many people who have poured into my life and continually do so on a hit or miss scale.  I thank God for these people and trully enjoy our conversations over the phone but due to always traveling I dont have a certain person who trully knows the ins and outs of my relationship with God nor can I fully explain to them what I see in scripture when they dont truly know me and where I am coming from.  And im sure you all know and understand the importance of mentors and vice versa.  I love my job and of course theres always a positive and a negative in most situations.  The most positive is there is plenty of oppurtunities to spend considerable time with God aswell as so many others but the negative is not having someone to disciple me on a regular basis.  Someone to show me an example by the way they live, someone to encourage me,  I think most importantly for me someone to inspire me and challenge me aswell as hold me accountable to that challenge.  I am hoping, thanking, and asking God to send me that person and know it is only a matter of time.  Your prayers will greatly be appreciated and may our Good Lord Bless every facet of your relationship with him and your neighbors.            Jeremy 

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  • Maria Wallis

    My story truly shows you can find a spiritual leader any where. I was 22 yrs old when I had a new horseshoer come to shoe my horse. 24 yrs later he has been more most influential person in my life. Larry’s insightfulness and relationship with God was something I wanted. I was so inspired that I was on a journey I could have never expected. It has been an amazing journey and God has blessed me in so many ways.  When a student is ready, a teacher appears.  What great life I have!

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    Dr. Yong, founder of Yongiway Wholesome Health. He’s more than an alternative health guru. His calling is to “Sparkle Life Back into People”, in which he has been carrying unconditionally for decades. I’ve known Doc for almost a decade by now, people suffering from major illnesses, relationship issues and even well known public figure seek for his humble advice. I strongly recommend anyone who is lost in life or suffering from serious health issues to seek for his advice. Even for those who are healthy, it’ll be an eye opener of what you could learn from him. 

  • betty

    i think there are this kind of people around we just don’t know it until we r lifted up to there level and start thinking in a new way..

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  • Elfinesh Zeleke

    My Biblical Leader for my life time was Muses,now in this time my Friend Evangelist Nigatu Tsgaye I’m blessed to have a friend and spiritual example and devote closed friend like him..

  • Gene Fig

    I dont have any one other than my own mom,she has been my mentor all my life. Its not easy trusting people. My husband and i have met some people in our congregation but have never clicked. My husband and i are willing to make friends with people but it seems people shy away to much. I have met some women a couple of times and when u see them its like they never met u..Its pretty frusterating. They have been in that church alot longer than me, am i expecting to much from them. I know better, but im expecting them to be that example. Am i wrong for thinking that way.

  • Mark Downham

    “Elderships need to be spiritual, able to impart and lay hands on people. There is something significant that happens when the eldership lays their hands on leaders and imparts spiritual blessings and anointing to them”. – Frank Damazio

    The Gift of Spiritual Leadership is capable of Impartation – it is a category of Real Energetic Pneumatology – it is a Real Energetic work of the Holy Spirit and it is capable of Transference and Impartation – what you receive is the Gift, but you have to grow up into that Gift – exactly like Imputed and progressively Imparted Grace or Sanctification – the Holy Spirit will determine how the Gift grows and manifests in you as to whether you primarily express Servant Leadership; (Complex) Adaptive Leadership or Transformative Leadership or various combinations – but the Gift can be imparted.

    Matthew 9:29 Then he touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith be it done to you.”

    1 Timothy 4:14 Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you.

  • Jill Stone

    Bob Hamp, Allan Smith, Josiah Solis, Robert Chapman, Priscilla Shirer and Christine Caine. Bob, your teaching and example have been a powerful gift from God in my life and have brought so much practical freedom teaching in that I now live and breathe freedom at work, at Gateway and anywhere else I go!

  • Pastor Sharon Harris

    Thank you so much for this information. Very helpful. God bless you.

  • http://www.TheArtofDiscipline.com/ Craig Desmarais

    Wow. This is an incredible post. Any person who considers them a spiritual leader should meditate on these characteristics.

  • lucy cheng

    My first boyfriend artist friend from China who converted a John into a spiritual Sanctuary for himself and showed me the way of spiritual life when I am 15.