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Chapter 5: Burden

Executive Summary

Spiritual leaders understand God is the source of both capacity and responsibility for leadership. From that sense of responsibility to God for leadership, we develop a burden for others. Without a sense of responsibility to God for leadership, the others-focused burden often morphs into personal ambition. This is the tragic story of Jeroboam, the first king of the divided kingdom of Israel. The primary evidence of a burden in the heart of a leader is the ministry of intercession for followers. If God has called you to lead a ministry, he has also called you to pray for that ministry.

“I will take you, and you will rule over all that your heart desires; you will be king over Israel. If you do whatever I command you and walk in my ways and do what is right in my eyes … I will be with you. I will build you a dynasty as enduring as the one I built for David and will give Israel to you.”
~ 1 Kings 11:37–38

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