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Spiritual Leadership by J. Oswald Sanders

Book Critique

Shirly Ho

on 5 November 2013

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By J. Oswald Sanders
Spiritual Leadership
Application: Additional Models
Primary Leadership Theory
Mark 10:43 But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all.
Critiqued By:
Shirly Ho
Lydia Moilanen
Kandace Parks

Works Used
classic study of the biblical principles of godly leadership
written to meet demand for leaders in the church today but is also applicable to other vocations
temporal and spiritual perspectives
Jesus as the prominent example
uses scripture and biographies of men of God such as Moses, Nehemiah, Paul, and Charles Spurgeon

Jesus’ master principle was give yourself to serve others,
instead of making others to serve you.
Focus service to God and other people.
Use of the word
appears more than
in the Bible

"But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many" (ESV) Mark 10:43-44
Many leadership aspects
Based on scripture
Uses examples of prominent people (past and present)
Leaders can grow and change. Jesus chose people from low ranks
Reflection questions
Uses only leaders with good ethics as examples just like Northouse
Reconciles leadership to Christianity

Viewpoint from Christians (need qualities ex. humility)
More on bible guidance and less on leadership model
Assumes methods work for all types of people and situations
Focused on just the leader.
Limited: Assumes leadership is limited to people whom God chooses. Leader has to be aware to lead before God uses them.
No self made leader, "requires superior supernatural powers" (pg 28)
Presents leadership as a 24/7 job

Ex. Is Ambition wrong?

for God vs. for Power

Back then, leaders were persecuted - Paul
So he calls this honorable ambition since leaders needed courage to lead back then.
Even now, Christians in other parts of the world face persecution at the hands of communists and other groups. (Ch.1)
Reconciles leadership to Christianity.
genuine listening without prejudgment (pg. 74)
sympathy to the weak and those who go astray (pg 25)
tact and diplomacy in dealing with different groups of people and viewpoints (pg. 71)
ability inspiring others to sacrifice for God (pg. 92)
: Vision using faith to see optimism and hope; envision end results
Commitment to the Growth of People
: God requires obedience, discipline, and willingness to suffer for the sake of his objectives (pg. 18, 52, 54); ex. Letters to the churches (pg. 74)

Servant Leadership
Trait Approach
– God Given Talents (pg. 13) & Qualities (pg. 18)
– List of qualifications in Ch 6

Transformational Approach

"Leadership [is the] qualities that inspire sufficient confidence in subordinates…"- Fleet Admiral Nimitz (pg. 27)

"A leader is a person who has the ability to get others to do what they don't want to do, and like it..." - President Truman (pg. 28)
Skills Approach

Joseph became prime minister of Egypt through "coincidental circumstances" but was through "13 years of rigorous, hidden training under the hand of God." (Gen 37-45)
Maturity. Discipline. Wisdom. Courage. Humility. Integrity. Sincerity. Humor. Anger. Patience. Tact. Diplomacy. Inspirational. Attentive.

Leadership changes followers
Jesus and his Disciples
Hidden Training: when talks about environment influence to develop skills
Discipline: Skills need time, whole life, to develop (52-53)
Jesus taught disciples through training their skills by sending them into internships (Luke 10)
Sanders, J. Oswald. Spiritual Leadership: Principles of Excellence for Every Believer. Chicago, IL: Moody, 2007. Print.

The Holy Bible: ESV : English Standard Version Containing the Old and New Testaments : Outreach Bible. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2007. Print.
What other model would be helpful?
-Examine yourself based on God’s standard
-Encouragement ex. Facing criticism.

“This is the best book on Christian leadership I’ve read.” – Charles Colson

“Spiritual Leadership should be the constant companion of every under shepherd in the Savior’s Service. Most helpful is the fact that its emphasis is not on methods, but on character, passion, and godliness. I read it often to regrip the basic perspectives of my task, and have given it to the entire leadership team in our church.” – John MacArthur

“sold more than 750,000 copies in print and a proven classic”

What is missing?
What can be improved?
YES: Informative from a Religious Perspective

However, there isn't much information about leadership theory/models and other situations in leadership such as Business.

Improvement: Include examples of how the same religious teachings can apply in various situations outside of the church. Otherwise,we recommend this as a supplemental book only.
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