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The church has a leadership crisis. For every celebrity pastor exiting in the spotlight, there are hundreds of lesser known pastors leaving in the shadows. Why are so many pastors leaving the ministry? Best-selling author Paul David Tripp suggests that lurking behind the failure of a pastor is a weak leadership community. Turning to the pages of Scripture for guidance, Tripp presents readers with 12 leadership-community principles necessary for a gospel-centered leadership model, making this an essential tool for anyone in church leadership. Here is a book with a message for the young and hopeful, as well as the experienced and weary—God’s abiding presence is your hope in ministry leadership.
Hardcover with jacket. 224 pages. Published in 2020 by Crossway Books. ISBN: 978-1-4335-6763-6
Chapter 1: Crisis
Chapter 2: Achievement
Principle #1: A ministry community, whose time is controlled by doing the business of the church, will tend to be spiritually unhealthy.
Chapter 3: Gospel
Principle #2: If your leaders are going to be tools of God’s grace, they need to be committed to nurture that grace in one another’s lives.
Chapter 4: Limits
Principle #3: Recognizing God-ordained limits of gift, time, energy and maturity is essential to leading a ministry community well.
Chapter 5: Balance
Principle #4: Teaching your leaders to recognize and balance the various callings in their life is a vital contribution to their success.
Chapter 6: Character
Principle #5: A spiritually healthy leadership community acknowledges that character is more important than structure or strategies.
Chapter 7: War
Principle #6: It is essential to understand that leadership in any gospel ministry is spiritual warfare.
Chapter 8: Servants
Principle #7: Being called to leadership in the church is a call to a life of willing sacrifice and service.
Chapter 9: Candor
Principle #8: A spiritually health leadership community is characterized by the humility of approachability and the courage of lovinghonesty.
Chapter 10: Identity
Principle #9: Where your leaders look for identity will always determine how they lead.
Chapter 11: Restoration
Principle #10: If a leadership community is formed by the gospel it will always be committed to a lifestyle of fresh starts and new beginnings.
Chapter 12: Longevity
Principle #11: For church leaders, ministry longevity is always the result of gospel community.
Chapter 13: Presence
Principle #12: You will only handle the inevitable weakness, failure, and sin of your leaders when you view them through the lens of the presence, power, promises, and grace of Jesus.
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