Abstract

The thesis of this article is that leadership and spirituality in a biblical perspective are intertwined and closely connected. In the life of the leader this has to do with calling, discipleship, a life of faith, and a discovery of one’s spiritual gifts. The same pattern applies to the congregation: The growth and spiritual maturity of the congregation depend on an understanding of leadership where the center is equpping the saints for service, to build up the body of Christ. The thesis is thus that the precondition for developing a missional congregation is to develop the spirituality of the congregation. This calls for a missional leadership which is able both to develop missional congregations and able to bind together missional with a living congregational spirituality.