Breath of New Life: Eight Marks of Spiritual Leadership

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Fritz Mutti, bishop of the Kansas area of The United Methodist Church, experienced forty months of watching two of his three sons suffer and die of AIDS-related diseases. "There was no way through that experience except by the way of anguished prayer," Bishop Mutti writes in Breath of New Life. "As Jesus found the strength to face Calvary through a prayer of sweat, blood, and tears in the Garden of Gethsemane, so we moved from sorrow to sorrow through suffering prayer. That prayer life led us into a new relationship with the Scriptures and a new awareness that God was with us in this terrible time. "We began," writes the bishop, "to live 'in Christ,' know his sufferings, trust his healing, hope in his resurrection." Out of that experience, Bishop Mutti began to see spiritual leadership as more than the ability to organize or inspire, plan, or execute -- it emerges when the total human experience communes with God. It comes from the deepest recesses of the soul. Addressing traditional roles of spiritual leader such as prophets, evangelists, teachers, priests, pastors, and visionaries, Bishop Mutti provides insight that is born of a long struggle and helps clergy identify areas where they are strong and areas which need additional attention.

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Albert Frederick Mutti is bishop of the Kansas area of The United Methodist Church.

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