Growing Leaders : Reflections on Leadership, Life and Jesus, Paperback

Growing Leaders : Reflections on Leadership, Life and Jesus Paperback

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Seven out of ten Christian leaders feel overworked, four in ten suffer financial pressures, only two in ten have had management training, and 1,500 give up their job over a ten-year period.

At the same time, as financial restrictions affect the availability of full-time ministers, more people are needed for leadership roles in local congregations, for every area of church work. This book faces the challenge of raising up new leaders and helping existing leaders to mature, using the model for growing leaders at the heart of the Arrow Leadership Programme, a ministry of the Church Pastoral Aid Society (CPAS).

It comprehensively surveys leadership skills and styles, discerning our personal calling, avoiding the 'red zone' of stress, developing character, and living as part of the community of God's people.

The book contains an introduction and 12 chapters, in six sections, plus conclusion, epilogue and resources section: Part 1: Leadership today Part 2: Growing leaders know they're chosen Part 3: Growing leaders discern God's call Part 4: Growing leaders develop Christ-like character Part 5: Growing leaders cultivate competence Part 6: Growing leaders lead in community


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • Publisher: BRF (The Bible Reading Fellowship)
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  • Category: Christian leaders & leadership
  • ISBN: 9781841012469



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Growing leaders by James Lawrence is a systematic, carefully-considered study of Christian leadership. Lawrence begins by defining Christian leadership and differentiating it from worldly ideas of the same. He then digs deep into the practical realities of Christian leadership, systematically setting out a framework for leadership, and the steps Christian leaders can take to grow and develop the ways they exercise their leadership in their Christian communities.Lawrence deals well with the typical problems Christian leaders encounter, the traps they’re likely to fall into, and the ways that they can find their way back out onto a godly path. Lawrence occasionally uses his own personal anecdotes to illustrate his points, as he is of course a Christian leader himself, but this is not a ‘here’s how I did it’ kind of book like so many you’ll find on the shelves of Christian bookstores. Instead, Lawrence keeps his focus squarely on the Biblical record of Jesus’ and the disciples’ own roles as leaders.Recommended.

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