5 Daily Practices for Growing Leaders

June 20, 2012 by Paul Chappell

Leadership is never static. It requires intentional personal growth. Below are five quick thoughts I shared during our recent Spiritual Leadership Conference on steps to personal growth as a leader.

  1. Read daily to grow. There is no substitute for daily spending time in God’s Word. The Lord uses His Word to teach us, convict us, comfort us, equip us. Just as you schedule time preparing sermons or lessons, you must schedule time in which you nurture your own soul in God’s Word.
  2. Listen daily to broaden. Cultivate a sensitivity in your spirit to the Holy Spirit, to biblical preaching, and to godly spiritual leaders. In my observation, one of the main reasons preachers and other spiritual leaders fail is because they are too proud to listen to counsel, advice, or even rebuke. Listening to the Holy Spirit and those He places in your life requires humility. And it requires time and follow through.
  3. Pray daily to yield. Begin every day by purposefully submitting to the Holy Spirit. I often pray something to the effect of, “Lord, I want You to have Your will and way in my life today. Here are my plans for ministry today, but I want to follow Your direction as I serve.”
  4. Meditate daily to apply. Sometimes we rush so quickly through the motions of prayer and Scripture reading that we give the truth no time to sink into our hearts and change our lives. As you read God’s Word, as you encounter truth in preaching or other reading, allow time to meditate. Give your mind time to absorb what God is doing in your life, and note how you are going to apply what He has been teaching you.
  5. Journal/file daily to retrieve. Whether it is a notebook, a smart phone app, or a computer file, find a retrievable system to record the things God is doing in your life. The process of recording helps to clarify and solidify growth, and the ability to retrieve it later makes it useful for sharing with others in preaching and teaching.

These five simple steps are basic, but sometimes we let the basics slip. If you want to grow as a spiritual leader, you must grow first as a Christian.


  1. Thank you for this article, Pastor. We needed it today and every day. We will all miss you tonight! Praying for you and for Bro. Reed’s ordination. Thankful for you and your family.

    Comment by Clark and Rachel Graham — June 20, 2012 @ 1:18 pm

  2. I was sayng to God, Lord, what am I gonna give to the leadership class on 6/30/12? I need some new infomation to give. Cause I don’t want to give what I gave last month, & that’s it. I teach a leadership class every last Saturday of the month. & Once I read the twitter you sent, I went to your site, paulchappell.com & got the full version on the 5 steps for growing leaders. I quickly got me a peice of paper, & started writing them down. I got this off my smart phone, while I was reading my e-mails, one said, ” Ernest Plugh, Fred Hammond, & John P. Kee Twitted you. You was under Ernest Plugh Thank you so much for posting this. This will not only help my class, but me as a leader in training. God Bless you sir.

    Comment by Min. Alan L. Young — June 22, 2012 @ 3:08 pm

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