What is a spiritual leader? What makes a spiritual leader a leader?
A leader, as we know, is someone who points to a (hopefully) desirable direction or destination. We think of courageous rallying cries and dramatic images of battle. “Give me liberty or give me death,” comes to mind.
But Christian leadership will usually look a little different from this imagery. It involves humble service, rather then dramatic oratory and death defying advances.
Christian leadership, in its true form, involves someone who listens, encourages, and celebrates the goodness of others. Christian leadership, in its true form, involves someone who is willing to sacrifice and suffer for the ‘good thing’ to come about in the lives of other people; it involves someone who is willing to persevere in uncertainty, someone who is prepared to be gentle.
In this context, a leader should be kind, persuasive in his or her example, and conscious that true empathy is often followed by action. Most people, given the tools, will make good decisions. Poor decisions can come from pain, desperation, confusion, and bad examples. If someone is willing to offer good tools to others, in a humble manner, showing people how to use them, we see better outcomes and upward trends.
At Backpack, we are committed to developing programs that give good tools which can result in better outcomes in the lives of others. We need servant leaders, people who are willing to begin their own transformations and then offer the good thing to others. In this time of constant media interference in our thoughts and thinking patterns, people must be offered the opportunity to think their own thoughts and find their own best patterns of thinking.
"What do I value? Who is a true example? Whom do I admire and why? Where am I going and how will I get there? What could knock me off that course?"
These are the questions that people should be invited to reflect upon. Thoughtful living has never been more difficult to achieve or more important to acquire.
We are all on a journey, following a star. Backpack leaders lead as pilgrims themselves. Knowing how to be an example without being a reproach is the mark of solid leadership in any arena. In spiritual leadership? It is essential. Many of us have tried to offer spirituality or religion to others and have been shut down. That reality could say more about our methodology or agenda than about the people who reject what we offer.
Are you developing your leadership muscles? Are you moving forward spiritually? Are you accurately attuning to other people? Check us out. Maybe it’s time to begin.