Do You Know the Soul of Your Team?

It’s strange to me that some leaders work along side their team to expand the influence of the church, respond missionally to the community and share the life changing message of Jesus Christ, yet they aren’t aware of God’s work in each others souls. 

We become so focused on our work for the souls of others that we forget to share the various aspects of our own spiritual journey with each other.  The soul is the engine in individuals that powers their work, life and ministry.  When the soul is broken down, the individual can’t function properly.  That’s why as spiritual leaders we must take the time to know the soul of those on our team.  While we don’t have to be their best friend or accountability partners there should be a level of awareness of God’s work in each others lives. 

I was reading Romans 16 the other day and counted the names of 33 people Paul mentioned specifically by name.  Thirty three people he worked along side of for the cause of the gospel.  Looking at what he said about them indicates that he wasn’t just working with them, he knew them, loved them and cared for them.  Here’s a small sampling of what he said about them…

  • Phobe – “give her any help she may need from you.”
  • Priscilla & Aqula – “risked their lives for me”
  • Epenetus – “my dear friend”
  • Mary – “worked hard for you”
  • Andronicus and Junias -“Who’ve been in prison with me.” “They’re outstanding among the apostles and were in Christ before I was.”
  • Ampliatus “Whom I love in the Lord”
  • Stachys- “my dear friend”
  • Apelles – “tested and approved in Christ”
  • Tryphena and Tryphosa – “those women who work hard in the Lord”
  • Persis – “My dear friend who also has worked very hard in the Lord”

 Then Paul says to them, “Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I am full of joy over you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil.”

This weeks Leadership Challenge:  Spend time doing some “soul” connection with your team.  CLICK HERE for a list of soul care questions.

The Soul of Your Leaders

Spiritual leadership isn’t just about accomplishing God given results, it’s also about caring for the souls of those we lead along the way.  As leaders we are accustomed to meeting with our direct reports and talking to them about action plans, priorities and results, but we often neglect talking to them about the condition of their soul.    While we don’t have to be their spiritual accountability partner or best friend it’s wise to stay in touch with the condition of the soul of those we lead.  Aubrey Malphurs, one of my professors at Dallas Seminary, used to have a plaque on his desk that read, “Let’s cut through the chit chat, what’s God doing in your life?”  Okay that may be a little to direct if you’re not that close to someone but you get the idea.  For some leaders inquiring into the condition of their followers soul can be awkward or uncomfortable.  So having a few good questions can help make this more natural and more effective.  Here are a few…

  • What’s the freshest thing God has been doing in your life lately?
  • How full is your emotional, physical and spiritual tanks?   Empty, quarter filled, half, three quarters or full.
  • What theme does God seem to be emphasizing in this season of your life?
  • What are you looking for God to do in your life in the next couple of months?
  • What’s God been saying to you through His Word recently?
  • What passion is God stirring in your soul recently?
  • What season best describes your spiritual life right now: Winter, spring summer or fall?  Why?
  • What’s exciting you the most in your spiritual journey these days?

Today’s Leadership Challenge:  Have a soul care conversation with someone on your team this week.

What questions would you add to this list?