6 Margaret Benefiel The Soul of a Leader

Having been concerned recently about relating as a potential minister to a possible future congregation, I had two transformative discoveries catalyzed by Margaret Benefiel’s book The Soul of a Leader: first the realization of myself together with a future congregation as a living organism, and second, a new level of selfrealization—of myself as soul. The next day, thinking of “saint Amy,” as I call the manager of a nearby store, I experienced a great revelation of mercy as divine love applied to the very imperfections of such a congregation.