One of my goals in training and equipping ministries has been to reach beyond the routine basics of “grow the church” to specifically teach how we grow people within the church to become what God made them to be—”conformed to the image of his Son” (Romans 8:29). I thank the Lord for numeric growth in biblical ministries anywhere, but I never want to neglect teaching those within our ministry to cultivate a heart for God.

This Spiritual Leadership podcast lesson focuses on how to cultivate Christ-likeness within the church. In this lesson, I share some practical principles on how a pastor can intentionally develop a model of Christ-likeness within the local body of Christ.


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The church’s effectiveness is enhanced or limited by the spirituality of its people. We need pastors who will lead under the headship of Christ and rely on the grace of God to develop godly, Christ-like leaders within the church. This podcast lesson teaches how this can be accomplished.

Before and after the lesson, I answer the following in-studio questions:

  • How do you attempt to measure Christ-likeness in the church? What exactly are you looking for?
  • What is the difference between a pastor who is operating under Christ’s authority and one who is grasping after or mandating his own authority?
  • What are the defining differences between spiritual and secular leadership?
  • What have you done over the years to mentor godly leadership in the church body?
  • What factors help a pastor to model Christ-likeness during trials?

The Spiritual Leadership podcast is a free resource from Striving Together Publications (a ministry of Lancaster Baptist Church and West Coast Baptist College).

You can subscribe to this podcast through iTunes and listen on your computer or iPod. You can also receive the complimentary outline with each lesson. Click here for more information about subscribing to the outline.

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