According to author and pastor, Paul Tripp this book:
“… is not about the strategic work of the ministry leadership community, but about practicing and preserving its spiritual depth so it may do its work with long-term faithfulness.”
It is divided into twelve chapters, each devoted to one gospel principle for leadership in the church. They are
- Achievement (A ministry community whose time is controlled by doing the business of the church tends to be spiritually unhealthy)
- Gospel (If your leaders are going to be tools of God’s grace, they need to be committed to nurturing that grace in one another’s lives)
- Limits (Recognizing God-ordained limits of gift, time, energy, and maturity is essential to leading a ministry community well)
- Balance (Teaching your leaders to recognize and balance the various callings in their life is a vital contribution to their success)
- Character (A spiritually healthy leadership community acknowledges that character is more important than structure or strategies)
- War (It is essential to understand that leadership in any gospel ministry is spiritual warfare)
- Servants (A call to leadership in the church is a call to a life of willing sacrifice and service)
- Candor (A spiritually healthy leadership community is characterized by the humility of approachability and the courage of loving honesty)
- Identity (Where your leaders look for identity always determines how they lead)
- Restoration (If a leadership community is formed by the gospel, it will always be committed to a lifestyle of fresh starts and new beginnings)
- Longevity (For church leaders, ministry longevity is always the result of gospel community)
- Presence (When you view them through the lens of presence, power, promises and grace of Jesus)
As you can see, the focus is on the leadership community rather than the leader as an individual. Every leader is in need of being pastored and led. The need for humility, transparency and a spirit of servanthood was emphasized. Character and spiritual maturity are to be valued about results
If found the chapter on restoration particularly interesting because it dealt with something that isn’t often addressed — the need to restore rather than discard leaders who have fallen in some way.
This would be a great book for any church leadership team to read and discuss together. I would recommend it.
VERDICT: 4 Stars, only because it became a bit repetitive.
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