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Spiritual Leadership: Principles of Excellence for Every Believer

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With more than 500,000 in print, Spiritual Leadership has proven itself a timeless classic in teaching the principles of leadership. J. Oswald Sanders presents and illustrates those principles through biographies of eminent men of God - men such as Moses, Nehemiah, Paul, David Livingstone, and Charles Spurgeon. // Christianity needs a powerful voice in today's world. Such ...more
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I have heard of this classic previously but have not had the opportunity to read it until now. Having thus finished the book, there were parts of the book that was profitable for me spiritually.
Among the thing that convicted me was the chapter on âœThe Leader and His Timeâ, particularly this quote: âœWe have each been entrusted with sufficient time to do the whole will of God and to fill out His perfect plan for our livesâ (114). The author Oswald Sanders gave examples of Godly men whose greatne
Apr 08, 2015 midnightfaerie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religious
An excellent book on principles that every Christian should strive for, not just those wanting to be leaders. Christians will always be held to a higher standard whether we like it or not, because we represent all Christians in our actions. So if you're looking for guidance as a Christian, searching for an answer, or even just entertaining the idea of being a leader, this book will help. Sanders gives each chapter a clear cut quality and how to obtain it and what to look for. No excessive preach ...more
Sep 09, 2011 Jason rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: church, school
First of all, this book isn't horrible because the things it says aren't true. I think that the things in here are generally ok in terms of what's said - it's a collection of 1-2 page "observations" or "meditations" on small leadership principles. If you're looking for a sort of devotional book or a vague book about how to apply some generally true (regardless of religious affiliation) ideas with biblical language behind them, this book is fine.

But it's precisely that vagueness that kills me. It
Jacob Wischoff
Oct 14, 2015 Jacob Wischoff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Spiritual leadership is an amazing book with tremendous insight on what a Spiritual Leader is. It also shows what temptations are present with leadership and how a Leader must uphold himself in the context of his Church, Life & Ministry. As you work thru the book you start with how being a Spiritual Leader is an honorable ambition and work thru qualifications and then lifestyle choices and imperatives that should be the ear mark of a Spiritual Leader. It's a great book that challenges the re ...more
Apr 26, 2011 Johnny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology, leadership
This little devotional book is full of gems that sparkle, catch God’s light and cause one to reevaluate one’s attitude toward spiritual leadership in general and church leadership in specific. It isn’t deep, scholarly, or philosophical, but it is practical and inspiring. Two matters which really jumped out at me were, of course, areas where I was predisposed to resonate with Sanders. I believe in the value of study and I think the biblical character named Nehemiah is a phenomenal model for good ...more
Apr 06, 2013 Cory rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am really enjoying going through this book with my Pastor as a type of discpileship training, but the one thing that I really do not like is that Moody Publishers take the liberty to add, subtract, and even completely change the content. I would much prefer to read what Oswald Sanders originally wrote. They preface the changes with the hope of making the book more understandable via modernazation, but in some cases they just completely change what was said. I love the book, but would love to h ...more
Barnabas Piper
Oct 07, 2013 Barnabas Piper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A leadership classic. I had never read it before, and it is fantastic. Anyone in ministry or business leadership would benefit from this book.
I LOVE THIS BOOK~ This book is an excellent resource for leadership. Every serious Christian should read this. This was a library book. But I am going to buy it.
Andrew Hall
should read again....and again and again
Craig Adams
Jan 21, 2013 Craig Adams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the most helpful and insightful reads on leadership I've found to date!
Oct 03, 2015 Wayne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book and recommended for anyone in a leadership role, secular or spiritual.
This book is widely lauded as a classic on leadership. After reading it a second time (10 years later), I found my opinion had changed only a little. On the positive side, it is helpful in many practical leadership issues (though none are treated with much depth). It does not shy away from discussing practical aspects that some of the more "spiritual" approaches ignore, but not so pragmatic as to shy away from spiritual issues. Nevertheless, my biggest qualm is that the book lacked a solid Gospe ...more
Aijalon Church
Jan 13, 2017 Aijalon Church rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really great book on Leadership. The strength of this book is that it is really easy to read and digest and the chapters are super short so it is easy to read along with a couple other books and actually finish. Really good book for re-orienting you on some of the important things and assessing how you are approaching spiritual leadership. Esp. Enjoyed final chapter on Nehemiah. Pg. 168, “Nehemiah’s greatest gift to the people was to show them why all this work was important.”
Worth a read.
That s
Dec 27, 2016 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a fantastic book. The way he writes is jam packed with great attributes and actions that good, spiritual leaders should be doing and having. He details how to find and raise up new leadership, as well as important attributes to cultivate in yourself to be a leader that God can use. I highly recommend this for people who want to be in leadership, either as a specifically "spiritual" leader in a church/Christian organization, or even for anyone who is wanting to be/in leadership ...more
Dec 26, 2016 Dominique rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Incredibly practical insights into spiritual leadership. It felt as though I had a tour guide of sorts in Mr. Sanders. Navigating me, by experience, through each and every nuance of this impossible task. I was fearful at the beginning, but now encouraged.
Jeff King
Dec 12, 2016 Jeff King rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best leadership book I have read of late. There are gems in here from Christian leaders from many years ago including Hudson Taylor. Very good principles. Will read this one again.
Dylan Jones
Oct 29, 2016 Dylan Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Apr 21, 2014 Geoff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*Cost of Leadership
“Quinton Hogg, founder of London Polytechnic Institute, devoted a great fortune to the enterprise. Asked how much it had cost to build up such a great institution, Hogg replied “Not very much, simple one man’s lifeblood.” That is the cost of every great achievement, and it is not paid in a lump sum. It is bought on the time-payment plan, a further installment each new day. Fresh drafts are constantly being made, and when the payment ceases, the leadership wanes. That fact was
I liked it, though some of the chapters ended abruptly. See book review for Vocation and Calling for details. :p
Mike Conroy
Feb 14, 2015 Mike Conroy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All tasks and missions come with their own unique dangers. The one who scales mountains for research has the unique danger of broken bones and death. Police Officers risk their lives for the mission of protecting citizens and enforcing laws. Pastoral ministry has its own dangers. J. Oswald Sanders in his book Spiritual Leadership helped me to realize that forgetting certain basic ideas, truths, and principles can be a danger in serving Christ.
This book was originally a set of lectures delivered
Jun 09, 2008 Stevie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would definitely recommend to anyone who wants to progress in holy leadership

Poignant Quotes:

"In Paul's times, only deep love for Christ and genuine concern for His church would provide men with a sufficiently powerful motive to aspire to that office."

"Those real qualities of leadership are to be found in those who are willing to suffer for the sake of objectives great enough to demand their wholehearted obedience."

"Have you ever broken yourself of a bad habit? To lead others, one must be mast
Josh Wilson
Apr 07, 2013 Josh Wilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
J. Oswald Sanders, Spiritual Leadership
Oswald Sanders’ book on Christian leadership is a time-tested classic for good reason. Sanders leans on his personal leadership experience to challenge the Christian to take the mantle of leadership and run with endurance. While the book is certainly appropriate for those in vocational ministry, Sanders has a broader audience in mind and regularly makes valuable application for any Christian who desires to be used of God in service. In addition to the kno
Sep 19, 2011 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oswald Sanders, in Spiritual Leadership, writes for the future of the church. In order to secure the faithfulness of the work of the church, he aims directly for the members of the church, universal's leaders. He writes for pastors, missionaries, teachers and other administrators to challenge them towards greater faithfulness and effectiveness in their God-ordained leadership roles.

According to Sanders, the Christian leader, unlike other positions of authority, should never campaigns for himsel
Clifford Luebben
Apr 23, 2015 Clifford Luebben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spiritual Leadership is a very biblical look at leadership. It also draws on examples of Christian leaders of the past, mostly of the 19th and early 20th centuries. I particularly appreciate that he includes examples of missionaries as many Christians seem to forget to look at these examples. This book takes very seriously the task of a spiritual leader. It definitely strikes down any naive notions their may be of living in role of Spiritual leader, warning of the many challenges, hardships, and ...more
Dave Johnson
Sep 30, 2010 Dave Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The problem with leadership books in general is that most of them harp on uninspired, ambiguous maxims that make the author sound smart. sometimes there will nuggets here and there that will actually help you lead people, but it seems to me that the vast majority of leadership books feed the ego or intellect more than the spirit.

but this book is completely different. J. Oswald Sanders was the leader of the China Inland Mission in the '50s and '60s. big shoes to fill, seeing as how the originato
Nov 29, 2016 Glen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
My single favorite book on leadership because it emphasizes the character of a leader over the "how to" principles in leadership.

The chapters are succinct in thought, filled with biblical/historical references and concluded with three strategic questions to help the reader better apply the subject matter. Each unit can easily serve as a foundational text for group discussion as well.

The pervasive pragmatism endemic in contemporary church leadership materials is noticeably absent in this work. Sa
Sep 17, 2016 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Nicely balanced between the practical and the spiritual I recommend this to anyone trying to understand leadership in a Christian context.
Jul 17, 2009 Art rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oswald Sanders fills his book with hundreds of condensed, paragraph long stories of Christian leaders through the centuries who were displaying the working out of the quality of their character while doing the work of God's mission. A good many of them were missionaries and administrators of the China Inland missions, with whom Oswald worked or whose lives preceded his own work. These were people worth being introduced to through Oswald's writings. Alongside the Inland missionaries, Oswald inser ...more
Mar 16, 2009 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is considered a 'classic' book on Christian leadership.
I studied it along with about 25 other leaders from the congregation I attend, and found it to be very challenging, sometimes to the point where Iseriously questioned why I thought I was able to be a Christian leader.
More than just a list of "do's and don'ts" about leadership - Sanders focuses early on the whole question of what it means to be 'called' to be a leader in the Body of Christ.
To Sanders, natural talents, hard work, and
Freddy Coan
Apr 01, 2015 Freddy Coan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recommended
This week's read was a great look into the biblical discipline of spiritual leadership. In the book, Sanders covers all aspects of leadership within the Body of Christ. He uses poems, writing excerpts, quotes, and scripture to look at leadership through the eyes of noted disciples of Christ. The overarching principle of leadership, says Sanders, is that of servanthood. Of the many words we would use to describe leader, servant is usually not our first choice, however, within the aspect of the Bo ...more
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