A Call to Leadership - Chapters 15 &16

By J. Oswald Sanders     Meeting date: 3/16/04

 

Quick prayer by leader to start the meeting.

 

Ice Breaker:

What’s your primary love language(s)?  (gifts, touch, affirmation, service, time)

 

Discussion Questions:

  1. In Chapter 15, Sanders makes the statement, “A cross stands in the path of spiritual leadership, and the leader must take it up.”  What does this mean to you? 
  2.  “The leader must be a person who, while welcoming the friendship and support of all who offer it, has sufficient inner recourses to stand alone – even in the face to stiff opposition to have “no one but God”.   How do you do alone and on your alone (little to no fellowship)? 
  3. Give your thoughts on “Fatigue is the price of leadership”.   How does it make you feel?   Are you attracted to leadership or put off when you hear it? 
  4. “There is nothing else that so kills the efficiency, capability and initiative of a leader as destructive criticism…”   “No leader lives a day without criticism”.   How do you react in the face of criticism? 
  5. “God treats the mature leader as a mature adult, leaving more and more to his or her spiritual discernment and giving fewer bits of tangible guidance than in earlier years.”   This is hard for people to hear.   It can be a bit scary, particularly when combined with question #2.   What’s your reaction? 
  6. Discipline, providing guidance, initiate, and take responsibility are the responsibilities of leadership.   Which do you have the hardest time performing?   Which do you have the hardest time performing well?   Why? 
  7. “The leader must either initiate plans for progress or recognize the worthy plans for others.”   How are you at recognizing the plans of others?   Are you and “initiator”? 

 

Pray for the person on your left.