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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.
When this book releases (September 2020), you will receive a link with three (3) downloadable eBook formats: the PDF file, the .epub file for iOS devices, and the .mobi file for Kindle devices. You can transfer those to any devices you own.
Printed Page Count: 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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