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Identifying Spiritual Leadership, Pt. 1

May 31, 2015 Speaker: Brent Small

Topic: Leadership Passage: 1 Thessalonians 2:1–2:6

In this sermon podcast, Pastor Brent reminds us of six “marks” of spiritual leadership as modeled by the Apostle Paul.

In his book on spiritual leadership, Oswald Sanders states that the local church will fall into malaise and confusion without godly spiritual leadership. Every local church is in desperate need of men who are in pursuit and modeling spiritual leadership so that it can fulfill its mission on earth.

The problem that churches often face is how to define spiritual leadership and identify who is actually manifesting it in the local church. Churches and church leaders must look to the New Testament to define spiritual leadership and be able to identify it. This then enables the church to raise up godly men who will become its spiritual leaders and insure that it will meet its objectives as laid out in Scripture.

We find several qualifications for leaders laid out in the Pastoral Epistles for men who will be installed and ordained to the office of a deacon and elder. However, there are other sections in the New Testament where we gain further insight into the dynamic of spiritual leadership.

As the Apostle Paul reminds the Thessalonians of his godly conduct when ministering to this church, we discover several key marks or characteristics of spiritual leadership. These marks give greater insight to define spiritual leadership and to inform the churches so that they may grow and mature in both breadth and depth. These qualities also help churches better understand how to identify spiritual leadership and identify the men who are truly modeling it and living it out in their midst.