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Guided by Grace
Servant Leadership for the Local Church
by Dr. Paul Chappell
Our culture promotes a wide variety of leadership philosophies. Even in ministry, you will find a great diversity among leadership models. Some believe leaders must be “authoritative.” Some believe leaders must be “driven” or “dogmatic.”
Many leaders fear competition, so they stifle input. Some leaders are insecure, so they avoid confrontation. Some leaders are self-centered, so they have everything “their way.” Some leaders fear rejection, so they accommodate compromise. Other leaders harbor envy, so they attack good men. God’s work requires a different kind of leadership.
God’s people need love. They need nurture. They need transparent leaders who will mentor them, equip them, and serve with them – shoulder to shoulder. People without Christ need Christian leaders who will be genuine with them. They need to hear the Gospel from the heart and then see it lived out in sincerity.
This book flows from the heart of a pastor who has learned and is still learning some tough lessons on leadership. These biblical principles have formed the philosophy that has driven the growth and spiritual development of one of America’s largest independent Baptist churches.
God blesses those who focus on serving – living out the life of Christ before others.
Our world and our churches are crying out for this kind of Christ-like leadership. Those who have turned a deaf ear to the Gospel could soften their hearts in the light of this kind of leadership. Those who have become disillusioned with “religion” could come to Christ when embraced with the reality of transparent love.
If your heart yearns to lead the way Jesus did, read this book, live its principles and pass them on to others. Your ministry will never be the same!
(224 pages, hardback)
As a young pastor and establishing a new church this book has proved to be an invauluable resource of Biblical wisdom on leadership for myself and my congregation. Timothy Braddock on Aug 24, 2012
I had this in my library and thought I would pick it up and skim it. I already had Spiritual Leadership by Pastor Chappell. I thought probably a cute little book. WRONG!!!! This book you just have to read if you are a leader. The thing for me I loved (other than how practical the information is) is that Pastor shares some of his struggles and difficulties. Please read it. mathew vroman on Jan 21, 2011