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Thursday
Jan072016

Learning from one of the greatest leaders in the Bible

 I hear from a leaders in the USA and various other countries that one of my books is being used for staff and pastoral teams at churches for regular discussions so all can continue to grow in their leadership.

This is, of course, is always an encouragement.  My lastest book,

"Learning Leadership From Nehemiah"


which came out the summer of 2015 is perfect for this. Each chapter contains golden nuggest for current and future leaders to think about and discuss that will greatly enhance their leadership.

When it comes to the subject of leadership in action, one of my favorite Old Testament characters is Nehemiah. In his story we see every facet of leadership lived out. I admire the depth of his prayer life, his love for God, and his sterling character.

I admire his courage in the face of crises, his willingness to make tough decisions, his perseverance to stand for what is right, and his candor in dealing with people. He is a man of prayer, a man of faith, a man of vision, a man of courage, and a man of action. We find him praying, watching, working, and warring. He’s my kind of leader. 

Chapter titles:

  • Responding to God’s Plan and Purpose
  • Dream Big
  • Clarity is Not Optional
  • Building a Fire Under People Without Burning Them
  • Living and Working for an Audience of One
  • Expect Opposition
  • Understanding the Divine Partnership
  • Tough Love and Tough Talk
  • Becoming People of the Book
  • Thankfully Reviewing the Past
  • Signing on the Dotted Line
  • Let’s Throw a Party

Here are some excerpts from the book:

As I work with leaders and churches I am constantly asking questions concerning their vision. Who are you? What are you all about? What has God birthed in your heart regarding the future? Many don't have any answers. A leader's ability to move forward and have others join him on the journey will be proportionate to a clear sense of where he is headed and what, with God's help, he wants to see happen.

Former President Harry Truman said, "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen."  Suffice it to say, when you are in the kitchen of leadership it can heat up. If everybody likes everything you're doing, you are probably not doing anything of significant value. Leaders don't lead and make decisions in order to be popular or appreciated.

In Luke 6:26, we read,

There's trouble ahead when you live only for the approval of others, saying what flatters them, doing what indulges them. Popularity contests are not truth contests...your task is to be true, not popular.(The Message)

If Nehemiah wanted to be liked or well received by people in the area, he would never have decided to do what he did in the first place. Eric Geiger said, “If you want to keep everybody happy don’t be a leader; sell ice cream.” Nehemiah understood this.

You can order copies for your team by going to this link:

 

Learning Leadership from Nehemiah

 

Do join me in praying that Jesus will use this book to help develop leaders and advance the gospel through them. To Him be all the honor and praise.

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