How To Be A Spiritual Leader In A Relationship

Matt Ayers joins the cast of Heart of Dating! Matt is a good friend of Kait's and was instrumental in the founding of Vintage Church in Santa Monica, California. He's been married to his lovely wife Stephanie for six years.

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Vintage Church in Los Angeles is led by Matthew Ayers, who is a founder member, treasurer, and executive board member. Outside of church, Matthew works at Alex Brown, where he handles the investments of a few very affluent families. Matt, his wife Stephanie, and their two daughters Riley and Dylan live in West Los Angeles. He is a voracious reader, golfer, and traveler.

Kait was blown away by Matt's contributions and convictions when she heard him talk on discipleship at their yearly church retreat a few years ago. Kait hunted him down shortly after at a leadership event hosted by their church and asked him follow-up questions. Since then, Kait has gotten to know him and his wife, Steph, and has grown to like and admire both of them for the way they approach marriage and mentor and disciple others.

Today, Matt and Kait discuss discipleship and spiritual leadership, with a focus on how it pertains to males in romantic relationships. It's a very interesting discussion. They also debate gender roles and leadership at the conclusion, which is fantastic, so make sure you stick around until the end to hear what they have to say!

Why is spiritual leadership important for men?

  • Being a spiritual leader is as simple as living a life that exemplifies Christ and allowing others to recognize Jesus-like attributes in your actions.
  • Spiritual leadership is a way of life, whereas discipleship is an intentional act.
  • Even if we don't realize it, we're always teaching. As a result, we must be deliberate in our instruction.

How do you practical being a spiritual leader in singleness and in dating?

  • Being a spiritual leader is about being focused on God, whether you're single or not.
  • When you're single, you have more time to devote to God than at any other point in your life.
  • If you're dating, you should assess and ensure that your distinct Christian journeys are compatible.
  • Set high criteria for yourself and don't compromise… but you must also ask yourself, “Is it possible that YOU are the person they're seeking for?
  • “A Christian boy or girl will be smitten by the Jesus they see in YOU.”
  • You can't put a relationship's want first; you have to put God first. Prepare to be unmarried and to first fall in love with God.

How do you think being a spiritual leader in a dating relationship plays out for men?

  • Keep in mind that dating and marriage are two different things. It's not your business to change or mold someone into a certain persona.
  • When you're dating, you're merely getting to know someone to determine if you want to marry them.

What are some essential steps in our life that we can take to become better spiritual leaders?

  • Know and love the Lord Jesus Christ. You'll become more like Him as you learn more about Him, and you'll gain a deeper understanding of yourself.
  • Humble yourself. Despite having complete authority, Jesus came to earth as a servant. Being a leader necessitates devotion.
  • Because marriage is one of the most unselfish and sacrificial acts, we must follow Jesus' example in John 13. Serving others is how Jesus leads.

Why do you think having a “Board of Advisors” is important?

  • Possessing a “A “Board of Advisors” is just a group of people you trust and can turn to for godly advice and accountability.
  • Mentors can assist you in taking care of yourself and your family “You won't be able to offer to anyone else if you don't take care of yourself.”
  • Dating is an assessment, and you want to make an objective assessment. It helps to have a board that isn't emotionally invested.

How can women in a relationship have a voice as well?

  • It is the same instruction for both men and women. Love for Jesus, love for others, and discipleship for others are our mandates.
  • When it comes to co-leading, Scripture does specify gender roles, however these texts are sometimes taken out of context.
  • The word “submission” does not have a negative connotation. Jesus, in turn, bowed to God the Father. God has redefined what it means to be in charge.

How do I become a spiritual leader to my wife?

Being a spiritual leader entails both protection and development. This entails respecting and loving your wife, as well as assisting her in becoming the greatest woman she can be. It entails being a good listener and not always attempting to be correct, but rather being interested in what your wife is attempting to share with you.

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What is an example of a spiritual leader?

Effective spiritual leaders were given as examples. Self-awareness, self-esteem, effective communication, decision-making capacity, and the ability to encourage and engage in healthy conflict are all important qualities to have. Each of these abilities was investigated and described. Apollo stood on the edge of a cliff.

Spiritual Leadership and Knowledge Sharing Behaviors

Although this hypothesis has yet to be proven, Aydin and Ceylan (2009) found some support for the influence of spiritual leadership on information sharing behavior in a study. Organizational learning ability was found to be strongly positively linked with each of the spiritual leadership aspects in the study. Furthermore, the amount to which individuals acquire knowledge and share that knowledge are important aspects of an organization's learning ability. As a result, we came up with the following hypothesis:

Hypothesis 2: Spiritual leadership will be linked to followers' willingness to share their knowledge.

What are the characteristics of a spiritual leader?

Spiritual leaders are not often found in religious organizations. This is more of a distinction than a criticism. People can be liberated from unreasonable expectations of some leaders by distinguishing spiritual leadership from other forms of leadership.

At the same time, making this distinction might aid in identifying who your organization's spiritual leaders are. The following are six characteristics that most spiritual leaders share:

  • They inspire others to have their own spiritual encounters with God. One of the most powerful aspects of Jesus' conduct was that He did not shift gears to introduce His disciples to the reality of God.

Interacting with the Father was so natural that people around Him couldn't help but do the same, whether they were standing in the synagogue or gathering wheat along the route. Whether a spiritual leader is onboarding a new employee or working through a difficult issue, his followers will grow closer to God as a result of the experience.

  • They help others find their own sense of purpose and identity. Spiritual leadership is marked by a high level of charity. A spiritual leader truly desires for others to fully realize who they were created to be.

Workplace challenges and strategic development become tools for followers to uncover their own identity and overcome roadblocks. People who work in areas where they have developed their own identity and strength will always be more productive than those who are merely striving to fill a position or duty.

  • Not only do they lead others into transformation, but they also lead others into output. Production will always be a natural outcome when the goal is spiritual growth and wellbeing. When people operate from a place of identity, they perform at their best.

Assisting your followers in realizing that their own transformation is possible on the job can increase loyalty and morale. Spiritual leadership inspires followers to be passionate about what they do. The component that transforms people and organizations from production to transformational effect is passion.

  • They have an effect on their surroundings. While words alone cannot stop a storm, spiritual leaders realize that they may alter the “temperature” of a room, encounter, or relationship.

Changing the atmosphere is similar to casting vision, only it is instantaneous. When there is tension, anxiety, or indifference, a spiritual leader may restore vision, vigor, and hope by transforming the immediate force of these storms. Even when saying difficult things, a spiritual leader may fill a room with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, and gentleness.

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  • They assist individuals in seeing old things in new light. Many people are caught in their viewpoints and mindsets, not in their situations. “To think differently, or to think in a different way” is what the term “repent” means. Jesus urged people to reconsider old truths with fresh eyes. Meaningful change is always preceded by a shift in mindset.
  • They achieve popularity as a result of who they are rather than a job they have. Secular organizations can have spiritual leaders, just as religious organizations can have managers and organizational leaders.

Spiritual leaders inspire rather than instruct, and they influence rather than direct. They have an innate understanding that they are serving something—and Someone—far greater than themselves and their personal goals.

Question: In your life, who has served as a spiritual leader? What distinguishes this individual from other leaders? By clicking here, you can leave a remark.

Can anyone be a spiritual leader?

As a result, anyone can become a leader. More importantly, anyone can become a spiritual leader, but it all starts with deciding to let God mold you into one. God uses our talents, strengths, flaws, personalities, and other characteristics that make us “us” in order for us to lead.

How do you address a spiritual leader?

Reader, please write now. Joanne King asked for a guidance to utilizing salutations and ‘Yours sincerely/faithfully' for titled people including military personnel, religious leaders, and those who have been honored or decorated.

The required formality of this activity does not appear to be as strict as it once was, and the occasional slip will be more easily forgiven. Even in today's informal, fast-paced, flick-a-switch society, however, the politeness of correctly addressing people still matters.

‘Dear' (rather than ‘My Lord' or ‘Very Reverend Sir') is almost always the best place to start these days. Unless you're writing to the Pope, in which case you should start with ‘Your Holiness' or ‘Most Holy Father.'

Except when writing to His Holiness, the best rule of thumb is to start with ‘Dear,' therefore ‘Dear Bishop,' ‘Dear Chief Rabbi,' or ‘Dear Vicar' will suffice. If you're writing to a priest or a rabbi, you could add their surname, such as ‘Dear Father Jones.'

You'll almost always write (if not exclaim) ‘Dear Lord' (or ‘Dear Lady') followed by the surname, e.g. Dear Lord Albright. A peer, baron, viscount/viscountess, and marquess/marchioness are all subject to this rule. However, there are a few exceptions:

  • Dear Sir – Knight or Baronet, e.g., Dear Sir Sean (‘You're still my favorite Bond,' says the narrator.)
  • Dear Dame – e.g., Dear Dame Judi (‘Please sign the petition to bring Sean Connery back…')

Although the restrictions aren't as severe as they previously were, courtesy remains crucial. Naturally, rank is important, and it's critical to understand the differences between the various branches. For example, an Army lieutenant should be addressed as ‘Dear Mr,' whilst a Naval lieutenant should be addressed as ‘Dear Lieutenant.'

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‘Dear Mr' should be used for the lowest ranks in each Force – a pilot or flying officer, a midshipman, or a lieutenant (in the Army).

And when it comes to the highest positions, do your homework and find out what titles they have. Admirals, field marshals, and RAF marshals are all likely to be knights or peers. Determine whether they want to be addressed by rank or by the titles ‘Lord' or ‘Sir,' and salute them appropriately.

Unfortunately, only close friends and family members should write to a member of the Royal Family. So, if you're hoping to turn the tables on the Queen by sending her a one-hundredth birthday card and a letter of condolence for Prince Charles, you'll have to send each letter to their respective Private Secretaries. Determine whether this Secretary is a man or a woman, then begin your letter with ‘Dear Sir' or ‘Dear Madam,' and end with ‘Yours faithfully.'

It's worth noting that, while you don't have to start your letter with the recipient's entire name in formal style, you should do so on the envelope, along with their complete title and any ranks, decorations, or honors that may apply. The Most Rev and Rt Hon the Lord Archbishop of Canterbury, for example, despite the fact that your letter to the Archbishop of Canterbury began simply with ‘Dear Archbishop,' the envelope would read: The Most Rev and Rt Hon the Lord Archbishop of Canterbury. And you'd address your Christmas card to Gordon Brown as follows: The Rt Hon Gordon Brown, MP, Prime Minister (for now at least).

The simple rule for writing to any of the above is to say ‘Yours faithfully' if you are writing to an unnamed ‘Sir' or ‘Madam'. You say ‘Yours sincerely' when you're addressing a specific person by name or title/position. (It's only the Y that needs to be capitalized; the first letter of the second word is never capitalized.)

Once again, the Pope is an outlier (as well he might be). Finish with, ‘I have the honour to be, Your Holiness's most dedicated and obedient child,' if you are Roman Catholic. ‘I have the honour to be, Your Holiness's obedient servant,' if you aren't sure. Also, resist the impulse to write “hugs and kisses.”

It's impossible to produce a complete list here due to the vast number of volumes available, which may rival the shelves at Waterstone's. If in doubt, the very courteous people at Debrett's can provide you with every possible etiquette for forms of address.

Does spirituality affect leadership?

It's difficult to say exactly what the benefits (or drawbacks) of spirituality in leadership will be because there hasn't been much scientific research on the subject. However, enough conceptual and empirical research has been done to demonstrate that including a spiritual dimension into leadership offers various potential benefits. Incorporating spirituality into leadership has the ability to create a more humane workplace with a sense of community and shared purpose from the perspective of followers. From the standpoint of the organization, infusing spirituality into leadership may lead to increased employee perceptions of trust, organizational support, and dedication, all of which could improve organizational performance. Spirituality in leadership, on the other hand, should not be viewed as a “instrument” for achieving beneficial organizational outcomes, but rather as a real philosophical belief held by leaders.