Spiritual leader always views himself as just a overseer of Gods flock, not an owner (Acts 22:28). Jesus calls himself the true Shepherd.. and at the same time, Peter uses the same analogy in 1 Pet 5:1-4.

This is a beautiful analogy, as I remember once I was watching a documentary on the Bedouins. They were tending their sheep in the same way since ancient times..This is usually a family affair, with the Father as the chief shepherd.. The children in the household are shepherd too.. and they move in front and behind the flock, to ensure that when they are moving, no sheep gets to leave the flock.

They shepherds were working in the desert dry land, and would need to seek pastures to lead their flock to everyday.. The shepherds would also inspect the pastures and cut away grass that may hurt the sheep before sending the sheep into the pastures (This is what David meant in Ps 23:5, that the shepherd prepares a table before him) . So we are just the little shepherds like the children, reporting to the chief shepherd (the father).

As we can see here, a church leader must always be full of love, and never lacking in it. A spiritual leader must always be ready to lay down his life for his sheep. Just like what Jesus mentioned in Jn 10:15.

Learning from Apostle Paul
This brings to my mind some of the words spoken by Paul with to the churches

"And I will very gladly spend and be spent for your souls; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I am loved." (2 Cor 12: 15)

"My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you" (Gal 4:19)

"For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ." (Php 1:8)

From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep; in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness- besides the other things, what comes upon me daily: my deep concern for all the churches. (2 Cor 11:24-28)

For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more; and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law, [ that I might win those who are under the law; to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ), that I might win those who are without law; to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. (1 Cor 9:19-23)

Do you know what drives the love of Pauls for the church? Lets hear him once again

For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. 2 Cor 5:14-15

Blog In The Series

Effective Spiritual Leadership (Part 1/3)- Fundamentals of Christian Leadership
Effective Spiritual Leadership (Part 2/3)-Humility Required Of A Spiritual leader
Effective Spiritual Leadership (Part 3/3)-The Love Of A Spiritual leader