As a Christian leader myself, I believe faith and spiritual growth plays an important part for any leader. The more you dig into your faith, the more that faith is going to be lived out.
What does this mean for you? Leaders who believe in Christ need to grow more in Christ. The more you mature in Christ, the more you’ll live like Him and not the world or those who only proclaim to be a Christian.
This is strong stuff, here. Your faith can help you through more than you realize. Let’s take a look at spiritual growth as a leader.
Spiritual Growth As A Leader
Your spiritual growth matters for multiple reasons. One of the biggest reasons is that your faith gives you a foundation on which to stand when times are tough. Think about this:
Your company has experienced a downturn. Your employees are frustrated. So are you. You’re not sure where the money will come from for the next round of payroll. Things look dire.
This situation happens regularly. I’ve seen multiple companies struggle to get through financial troubles with the leader pulling their hair out trying to figure out what to do.
When a leader doesn’t have a belief system to fall onto, they struggle. Their emotions get out of control, they don’t think clearly, and they feel like they’re all alone.
On the flip side, when a leader is a Christian, they have something more than this worldly hope. They have eternal hope. They know that God is working on things behind the scenes. They can access the situation through eternal eyes.
But what spiritual practices will get you to this point? Here are 4 things you can do to grow spiritually as a leader.
Join a network of Christian leaders:
Yes, there are organizations out there that cater to the Christian leader. These organizations are safe spaces to help you process difficult situations and get spiritual insight into what’s going on in your life and business.
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As you participate in these networks, the men and women in these groups will challenge you to grow yourself and your organization. Don’t neglect the power of community!
Read your Bible:
You’d be amazed. Many Christians fail to do one of the simplest things they can do to grow spiritually: they fail to read the Bible.
By digging into the word of God, you’re filling yourself with God-inspired truth. This truth will help you understand the world around you, yourself, and those you interact with. More than that, the Bible will change your way of thinking and make you grow spiritually.
Meditate on the Bible:
We have to do more than read the Bible. We have to meditate on it.
Think of all the leadership books you’ve read. How many of those have you quickly read through so you can get to the next one? Most of them. I know I have. I still do. It’s a struggle we all face as we desire to learn and grow. We want to consume rather than implement.
Take the time to meditate on the Bible. After you’ve read the Bible, think about the principles and ideas presented. Go back and dig into it further. What’s it really telling you?
The more you meditate on what you’ve read, the more you will grow.
Take a sabbath:
We’re go, go, go people. Leaders always want to be doing something.
What if I told you that doing something all of the time can be harmful to your spiritual growth? Would that make you reconsider your life of busy?
I believe we’ve been sold a lie that we need to be busy all of the time. We don’t. We need to take regular sabbath times.
Sabbath times are days where you do little or no work. You do the things that refresh and recharge you. You spend time in God’s word (do you see a theme here?).
Be willing to set aside your busy schedule to rest, renew, and grow closer to God.
Your Spiritual Life Matters
Don’t neglect your spiritual side as a leader. You’ll find yourself stronger and wiser when you continue to work on your Christian faith. It will bring you more than success. Your faith, your spiritual life will bring you true peace.