In this episode of the 5 Leadership Questions podcast Todd Adkins and Barnabas Piper are joined by Kevin Spratt to talk about the importance of spiritual disciplines for leaders and why they are so difficult to maintain or develop in the first place. It is so easy to think of them as legalistic or dry or boring, but they are vital to both relationship with Christ and effective leadership.
- What are spiritual disciplines?
- Are spiritual disciplines “old fashioned”?
- How essential are spiritual disciplines for leadership?
- For someone struggling with these disciplines and habits, what are helpful starting points?
- What are the best books or resources on spiritual disciplines?
“Spiritual discipline are the habits and disciplines a Christian should have for a faithful and vibrant walk with Christ.”
“Many times the delta between our knowledge and our application is immense.”
“You never graduate from the spiritual disciplines”
“Without the fundamentals you don’t have anything to build off of.”
“There are some things that there simply isn’t a newer better way to do.”
“Spiritual disciplines are old, but they aren’t old-fashioned.”
“Character is as valuable now as it ever has been, and there aren’t different versions.”
“You can’t really innovate spiritual disciplines.”
“You can’t lead people in a direction you’re not going yourself.”
“The Holy Spirit comes through spiritual disciplines. It’s a daily connection thing.”
“You can be clever and smart without spiritual disciplines, but that won’t get you anywhere.”
“If it’s not a priority in your day it will fall off your to-do list.”
“Creating habits isn’t legalistic.”
“Discipline creates a context where growth and life can happen.”
Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald Whitney
Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster