Monday, April 21, 2008

Spiritual Intelligence

Sunday evening we hosted the all church leaders meeting for Central Assembly. Jim Bradford is one of the greatest spiritual leaders in ministry. He is passionate about spiritually leading leaders. These are the observations I made:

1. SQ - There is IQ (intelligence quotient), EQ (emotional quotient), and certainly SQ (spiritual quotient), defined by the total integration of one's body, soul, and spirit resulting in the ability to discern and thereby lead people into transformation. Leading people spiritually is the highest calling for those in ministry.

2. Feedback - Receiving feedback is the most overrated leadership exercise...but do it. Surround yourself with people you trust and ask for genuine feedback.

3. Laugh - Don't take yourself to serious.

4. Dream - Leaders need a dream. I find that statements that begin with "what if," especially when given by trusted leaders, are fuel for an organizations future.

5. Loving the poor and underprivileged among our church keeps consumer spirituality at bay. I believe when we look for opportunities in the people and communities that surround us, God changes things for the better. He’s good like that.

“God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.” (MSG) Eph 3:20-21

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