I’d like to tell you about something new for 2011 that I’m very enthused about. We’re setting up The Brook Network for a year-long study of a topic that has not been pursued adequately: spiritual leadership. Over the past year I’ve been talking with Christian leaders in many different roles from many different parts of the world, and I’m finding that they are looking for the fresh wind of the Spirit of God to empower and guide their efforts in new ways. Christian church leaders will tell you this, as well as business and community leaders, educators, and even parents. People are looking for integrity, depth, wisdom, and spiritual practicality from their leaders–not just the nuts and bolts of the machines we build.
So this is what we are going to do–and I hope you’ll participate. Starting the first week of February The Brook Letter going out on Thursdays will include thoughts on spiritual leadership today, audio interviews with some of the most interesting Christian leaders today, and reflection/discussion questions. As 2011 unfolds we will solicit thoughts from Christian leaders around the world. (The Brook Letter at the start of each week will have thoughts on the Christian life.) You may want to use some of this material for discussions in the leadership groups you are part of.
What is “spiritual leadership”? Well, that’s what we’ll be trying to answer as this special project unfolds. As a jumping-off place we can say this: spiritual leadership means helping people, groups, and organizations come under the transforming influence of God. Everybody agrees that leadership is influence. The question for Christian leaders is how that influence will not be limited to us, but for God to be the true influence. Really, truly. Because that’s what counts.
This year-long study will only be as rich as the people following along, so could I ask you to consider doing two brief things right now?
1. Encourage leaders you know to sign up for The Brook Letter and/or follow the RSS feed or Twitter) which will be the instruments for this weekly study. It’s easy and it’s free. Use “Share/Save” below. Sign up for The Brook Letter.
2. Offer your opinion by finishing this sentence: “I think Christian leaders today need to remember…” (Use the “Comment” box below.)