Leaders are a gift. God has given leaders to the church to equip the saints for the work of ministry, building her up in the faith and knowledge of God (Ephesians 4:12). But how does the Bible define spiritual leadership? What characteristics are essential in leading biblically? And what is the ultimate goal? In this short essay, John Piper answers these questions by explaining the true marks of a spiritual leader. Saturated in Scripture, this booklet will be instructive and challenging for anyone in a position of Christian leadership, as well as for anyone aspiring to lead spiritually. John Piper is founder and teacher of Desiring God and served 33 years as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is author of more than 50 books, and more than 30 years of his preaching and writing are available free of charge at desiringGod.org.