by Steve Cordle
Ezra was a man used by God to fuel a spiritual renewal. A group leader is more than a facilitator of a meeting â€“ the best leaders are spiritual influencers.
Here are a few traits of a spiritual influencer:
Be aware– Ezra was acutely aware of the spiritual condition of the nation (in fact it grieved him). Know what is happening in the lives of the people in your group. Who is growing most right now? Who is struggling? Which members have been through the Equipping Track? How far?
If we donâ€™t know as much about the inner life of our members as we would like, spending some time with them can be a great first step.
Be a model â€“ let your life be visible! People could see Ezraâ€™s obedience to the Lord. The best group leaders are not perfect, but growing. Some great questions to ask myself as a leader are:
- In what way is God asking me to humble myself?
- What is God saying to me right now?
- Have I obeyed the last thing He told me to do?
- What area of my life or ministry is being favored?
- What do I need to repair, reconcile, or repay?
More than just responding to these questions in a journal, let the other members of the group know where God is taking you and how you are seeking to respond.
Be willing to be inconvenienced â€“ Ezra could have avoided the pain of pulling out his hair and tearing his tunic — if he didnâ€™t care. Spiritual leadership will usually tax us emotionally, spiritually, and even physically. Letâ€™s be willing to be inconvenienced in order to see Godâ€™s purposes prevail.