Elton Trueblood has been credited in saying, "Deliberate mediocrity is a sin." It is statements like this that will challenge any true leader to consider how they can improve. None of us want to be guilty of being mediocre. Certainly, as ministers and spiritual leaders, the Holy Spirit is quickening us to step it up and lead with validity and vitality.
Recently I read a book by Reggie McNeal entitled Practicing Greatness. McNeal does an impressive job bringing clarity to the definition of great spiritual leadership. He outlines a number of essential qualities found in the practice of leadership and provides a brilliant contrast between a bad leader, a good leader, and a great spiritual leader. For example, the author states, "Bad leaders are a form of evil. They curse people by diminishing their life. They rob people of hope." McNeal goes on to say, "Good leaders get things done. They keep things going." Although good leaders are to be commended and celebrated, the author suggests what is needed today are what he calls great spiritual leaders.
There are three qualities in every great spiritual leader I've met in my 41 years of ministry.
For helpful insights, pick up the book Practicing Greatness by Reggie McNeal. Enrich your leadership in the days ahead. Let's become not just good leaders but great spiritual leaders.