Spiritual Practices Of A Christian Leader Pt.2

In Spiritual Practices of a Christian Leader part one, we talked about the importance of drawing close to God, reading the Bible, and Praying. In this post I would like to share some other essential practices every Christian leader should have. If you read through the Gospels you would see Jesus had spiritual practices. Luke 2:52 it says, “And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.” I believe this was a direct result of Jesus taking the time to grow spiritually. If we want favor with God and others then it requires doing the same. This is an essential aspect of leadership and influencing others. Here are 3 spiritual practices to think about and apply into your life.

Worship- Having private and public times of singing and praising God is important. The heart of a Christian leader should be to worship God. When we worship God through singing and songs it gives honor to God. Psalms 29:2 says, “Honor the Lord for the glory of his name. Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.” Taking time to worship God is an essential practice of a Christian leader.

Solitude- A spiritual practice often over looked is taking time for solitude. Solitude allows a leader to get away from distractions to think about God and His Word. It also allows a leader to wait on God for direction and guidance. If we take time for solitude we will hear God more clearly and directly. It’s also a preventative to burning out. Jesus often took time away from His disciples and ministry to connect with God. After hearing about John the Baptist being killed and feeding over 5000 people here is what Jesus did:

Immediately after this, Jesus insisted that his disciples get back into the boat and cross to the other side of the lake, while he sent the people home. After sending them home, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night fell while he was there alone. ~Matthew14:22-23

People- People are important when it comes to growing spiritually. The Christian leader’s relationships will greatly determine their spiritual potential which will impact all other areas of their life. It is wise to have people who mentor, counsel, and hold you accountable. I believe Jesus sent out the disciples in pairs of two so they could encourage and sharpen each other.

Question: What are the spiritual practices you find most valuable in your life and leadership?

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15 thoughts on “Spiritual Practices Of A Christian Leader Pt.2

  1. Really love your mention of solitude. Jesus was big on resting and recuperating, and it’s something we can’t overlook either. He must have had a lot on his shoulders, and he surely had a lot of people who wanted to hear from him or be healed by him. But Jesus still made it a point to rest and relax.

    • Loren,
      I believe Jesus was so effective and accomplished so much because He took time for solitude. Being the son of God played a huge role in it but he was also human. If He made it a point to be in solitude then we must do the same. Thanks you for sharing.

  2. Good thoughts Dan!

    I might add in Fasting which I define as a voluntary self denial of food for a spiritual purpose. A time set apart where you deny self and seek God.

  3. Wow…great list Dan!

    So good…

    I love the people one…but most importantly….people to serve…what good is a leader if he doesn’t have anyone to lead?…

    strive to meet with all people…even the loners and the “sinners” like jesus did…and have conversations with them…

    • Arny,
      Taking the time to connect and meet with all of your people is so important. Jesus spend time with everyone and anyone but He also focused on developing and pouring into the key disciples. What a great example to follow. Thank you for adding to the discussion.

  4. Learning is also important. As we worship in song and in giving praise, we also worship by learning His Word and opening our hearts to how He wants us to apply it.
    This is a great thought provoker, Dan – you have blessed me today, thank you.

  5. I like to practice times of silence to calm my mind, relax and quiet myself to hear Him. I wish I could say I do this every day, but I don’t. I’m working on more times of silence in my life, though.

    • Jason,
      It’s so beneficial but so hard to do it everyday. I’m also working on taking more time for solitude. Thank you for reading and sharing.