According to Piper, of first priority are the inner circle characteristics a person must have in order to be a spiritual leader “who excels both in the quality of his direction and the numbers of people who follow him.” And he explains the need, differences, and necessity, of both layers of charcater qualities:
1) The inner circle of spiritual leadership is that sequence of events in the human soul that must happen if anyone is to get to first base in spiritual leadership. These are the absolute bare essentials. They are things that all Christians must attain in some degree, and when they are attained with high fervor and deep conviction they very often lead one into strong leadership. 2) In the outer circle are qualities that characterize both spiritual and non-spiritual leaders.
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