Lead by Paul David Tripp–Book Review

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

  1. Achievement (A ministry community whose time is controlled by doing the business of the church tends to be spiritually unhealthy)
  2. 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)
  3.  Limits (Recognizing God-ordained limits of gift, time, energy, and maturity is essential to leading a ministry community well)
  4. Balance (Teaching your leaders to recognize and balance the various callings in their life is a vital contribution to their success)
  5. Character (A spiritually healthy leadership community acknowledges that character is more important than structure or strategies)
  6. War (It is essential to understand that leadership in any gospel ministry is spiritual warfare)
  7. Servants (A call to leadership in the church is a call to a life of willing sacrifice and service)
  8.  Candor (A spiritually healthy leadership community is characterized by the humility of approachability and the courage of loving honesty)
  9. Identity (Where your leaders look for identity always determines how they lead)
  10.  Restoration (If a leadership community is formed by the gospel, it will always be committed to a lifestyle of fresh starts and new beginnings)
  11. Longevity (For church leaders, ministry longevity is always the result of gospel community)
  12.  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.

If you would like to purchase this book, follow the link below:

https://www.crossway.org/books/lead-hcj/

The Lutheran Ladies received a review copy of this book in return for a fair and honest review. Disclaimer pursuant to FTC 16 CFR part 255.

Leaders Who Imitate Christ

In the apostle Paul’s letters to various churches, he often tells the believers to imitate him.  Our leaders should be examples to us, but why is that?  For Christians it is because leaders are to imitate Christ, who is the ultimate leader of our lives.  Here’s some more of what Paul says in 1 Corinthians:

“So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.  Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God, just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved.  Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1

In imitating Christ, Paul teaches other leaders to be unselfish, desiring always what is best for others, particularly when it comes to their faith and salvation. In honesty, I have to admit that I don’t always do this, but I should.  Who wouldn’t want to follow a leader who had their best interests at heart?  If we lead in this way, people will follow us to the one who can save them and give meaning to their lives.

Jesus Himself told his followers:

“And he sat down and called the twelve.  And he said to them, ‘If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” Mark 9:35

And remember the last supper?  The scene when Jesus washes the feet of the disciples.  He tells them:

“If I then, your Lord and Teacher have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.  For I have given you an example, that you should do just as I have done to you.”

Jesus gave us an example.  He wants us to imitate Him as a servant-leader.  If you are a leader in any way (and you probably are), be unselfish and loving.  Think the best of those you lead, and desire God’s best for them.  It’s the least you can do as an imitator of Christ.  He loves you and so do I!

 

 

Generations of Leaders

We sang this hymn in church recently.  It reminded me, that we can always look to Christ and many generations of His followers as examples and inspiration for our own walk.  Read your Bible to find the leader you want to emulate, then follow in the train!

 

New Month/New Theme

Our theme for July is leaders.  Leadership is a big topic in the church today.  Peruse the shelves in your local Christian book store and you’ll find many volumes have been written about it. Here are some of the questions I hope we’ll be addressing this month:

  • What Biblical leaders do you most admire?
  • What does the Bible say about leadership?
  • What are the qualities of a good leader?
  • Are you a leader?  If so, what qualifies you?
  • Can we train members to be leaders?  Or is leadership a spiritual gift you either have or you don’t?
  • Who are the leaders who have influenced you in your Christian walk?
  • What are our responsibilities to those who are leaders of our congregation?
  • Should Christian leadership be different from leadership in secular arenas (i.e. business, politics, etc.)?

I look forward to reading what our authors and readers have to say.

 

Thankful for Leaders –Hebrews Chapter 13

What stands out for me in Chapter 13 is the instruction to appreciate our leaders.  Maybe it’s because I’m a Pastor’s wife, and see up close and personal what a difficult job it can be.

Here’s the first thing the author has to say about leaders:

“Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God;  imitate their faith.” Hebrews 13:7

Of course, leaders are not just our pastors.  Most of us can point to others in our lives who have told us about Christ and served as an example to us.  Who has guided and influenced you in your Christian walk?  Your parents?  Your spouse?  A friend? Take time to remember and be thankful for those folks.  They are part of your personal “cloud of witnesses.”

“Obey your leaders and submit to them;  for they are keeping watch over your souls, as men who will have to give account.  Let them do this joyfully, and not sadly, for that would be of no advantage to you.”  Hebrews 13:17

Nothing saddens a pastor or Christian leader more than seeing someone turn their back on God, walk away from the church and her teachings.  This hurts more than you can imagine.  They have a sense of failure before God.  Make your leaders glad by being faithful.  That is the best ‘thank you’ you can give them.

Finally ….

“Pray for us …” Hebrews 13:18

As you remember and give thanks for the leaders of your church and denomination, please pray for them. They are not perfect and their lives are not free from worry and care.  They have many of the same problems you do. They are doing their best to serve God and you.

Your leaders love you and so do I!