08 September 2005

Recommended: Sanders' "Spiritual Leadership"

Spiritual Leadership: Principles of Excellence for Every Believer, by J. Oswald Sanders. Moody Press, 1967, 1980, 1994.

Over 29 years of military service, I have been exposed to many books and articles and much education and training on leadership, but Sanders contemporary classic Spiritual Leadership has proven to be the best single resource on the topic. It is a book I have read and reread over the past decade and which has become a primary reference on leadership. Spiritual Leadership is not a typical “how-to” book. In 22 short chapters, J. Oswald Sanders’ challenges leaders and potential leaders of the church at all levels with fundamental moral issues of leadership and a broad spectrum of practical topics and disciplines required for effective spiritual leadership. The themes are drawn from Scripture and from the biographies of eminent men of God with an emphasis on character and godliness in leadership. It will bring you Coram Deo (before the face of God) and challenge your thinking in regard to the duties, responsibilities, privilege, as well as the perils of leadership. Spiritual Leadership is highly recommended for individual study and for small groups. It is a must-read for all in an office of leadership, whether that office is in the home, church, workplace or community.