- Help for those in church leadership
- Biblical, practical, realistic and helpful
- God's Leader
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Could be read as a devotional on your own or as a group, this book will take you through 10 characteristics (good or bad) that could be found in any Christian and help you to see them from the Bible's perspective. Each chapter is really a simple exposition of a Bible text that points you to Jesus in a very refreshing and nourishing way! Well worth getting and pondering as you work your way through it.
Ten key Bible passages are opened up by Andy Mason as he reminds all leaders of God’s priorities for their lives. Starting with a much-needed emphasis on the Cross, followed by a chapter on the Word, he then moves on to cover issues such as spiritual warfare, prayer, laziness, and opposition. His final chapter describes some of the complications leaders face, and reminds us of our weakness, lack of knowledge, and vulnerability. Throughout he keeps bringing us back to Christ as the ultimate fulfilment of all the leadership passages of the Bible. How good it is then that Christian leaders point people to the Saviour and not themselves. I was particularly helped and challenged by the chapter from 1 Corinthians 13 on the need to be loving leaders. It is all too easy to be mesmerised by a talented leader’s gifts and to forget two major emphases: first, character is what the New Testament concentrates on when it describes leaders who serve the Lord well; and second, without love for those we serve, our best speaking efforts are only empty noise. Humbling, but bang on! Although only a brief book, it packs a big punch, and underscores the solid spiritual realities that no leader should neglect. Some great quotes from the likes of Spurgeon, Owen, C.S. Lewis and John Newton really help to engage the reader. You won’t find here solutions to common leadership and church problems, nor will it add to a ‘leadership skill tool box’. But it will do any leader and member good to read and remember what is at stake, and pray more seriously for this vital aspect of church life. It is accessible, thoughtful, and direct in style. Any leadership team would profit from talking about a chapter before they get down to the agenda items that are always on the ‘to-do list’.