A few thoughts on Spiritual Leadership:
If you want to challenge the status quo, then ask a question rather than making an accusation.
1. A great question inspires dialogue by valuing everyone’s input. You can have agreement even while arguing, because people know they’re thoughts are valid and their opinions are valued. Asking a question creates a culture open to change, and responsive to being challenged. It doesn’t take criticism as a personal knock, but rather sees opportunity knocking on its front door.
2. People tend to resist any statement that sounds like an indictment or an accusation, especially if they’re in leadership. Questions are better than accusations. People won’t be defensive or on the offensive if you challenge them by asking a question.
Here’s an example:
Wrong Way: “That preaching sucks, we need a better teacher of the Word, someone who will teach the Bible the right way (my way).”
A Better Way: “I love their passion for that text, but six weeks on that chapter is feeling a little redundant. Maybe we should ask the preacher about teaching from another area of scripture! Let’s take them out for coffee and ask them how their life is, I bet that would be a blessing to them!”
People usually respond well to genuinely skilled spiritual leadership.
The best leaders aren’t always in a visible position of authority, but they can influence the masses because of their humility and integrity.
Pastor Jeremy E.