DCL 1.4 Inspiration | The Personal Life of a Leader


Outline of Session

  • The leader’s heart
  • Longevity in leadership:

1.  Learn to repair the past

2.  Learn to live intentionally

3.  Cultivate a ‘street faith’

4.  Develop intimacy in personal community

5.  Be aware of your own inner realities


Conference Session by Gordon MacDonald

(Try and make space to watch this video in one sitting.)



1.  Personal reflection: Write down one key insight that you can personally take away.


2.  Gordon stated that, “We are usually attracted to leaders because of their competency. We are usually disillusioned with leaders because of their character.” How do you respond to this statement? Do you agree or disagree?


3.  Read 1 Timothy 4:12-16. This passage is an encouragement to set an example for the believers in the manner in which a leader’s personal life is lived, day to day. Why do you think Paul emphasised these particular aspects?


4.  Gordon explained that there are some key issues to pay attention to in our personal lives in order to reach the most effective years in life – the 60s and 70s. For each of these key issues that help facilitate longevity in effective leadership, record and list any practical ways in which you can apply these to your life.


5. Gordon quoted Dietrich Bonheoffer, who said, “Only through discipline may a man learn to be free.” Self-control and discipline are important in the following areas:

  • Physically (diet, exercise, rest),
  • Intellectually (growing in the mind, reading good literature, in the company of those who will stretch the mind),
  • Emotionally (under control, mature, reliable), relationally (faithful to commitments, dependable),
  • Ego (not looking for approval and applause),
  • Spiritually ( time must be given daily to enter into the presence of God)
  • Practically in relation to your skills and competencies (seek to better their skills).

When you consider each of these, is there one particular aspect for which you would like to improve your discipline? If so, then what might you consider doing?


6.    Gordon mentioned eight indispensible friends. These are listed below. Place a tick against those for which you believe you do have such a friend. If any are left blank, consider who might be such a friend to fulfil that particular role currently missing in your life.

  • A coach to help you grow?
  • Someone who stretches your mind?
  • A person to listen to your dreams?
  • Someone who laughs with you?
  • A person who cries with you?
  • Someone who rebukes you?
  • A person who plays with you?
  • Someone who seeks faith with you?


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