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Christian Leadership Matters

Faith Methodist Church

Available in the Attic Library

Johnson T. K. Lim

Local Authors

Call No. 253.4

Barcode No. 504362

Reviewed by: John Woon, Family Connect 1 Small Group

What is leadership? What are the critical ingredients of leadership effectiveness? What is the model of authentic servant leadership?

This collection of essays first printed in 2011 is timeless. It provides sound advice for those who wish to hone their leadership skill from a Biblical perspective.

In the book, it is mentioned that a good leader knows the needs of his followers and therefore leads them where they want to go.

A great leader on the other hand knows the needs of his followers that they don’t even see yet; and therefore leads them where they need to be.

“There are many people who can talk about leadership, theorize about leadership, and debate over leadership, but few people are doing and living leadership”
~ Tony Evans

This definition can be applied to both secular leadership as well as Christian leadership. The key difference lies in the motive. The secular leader is self-serving whereas the spiritual leader is self-sacrificing. Servant leadership is the model for a spiritual leader.

At the heart of servant leadership is the willingness to give up our intrinsic ‘rights’ (1 Corinthians 9:5-15) while emphasizing on our ‘responsibility’ and owing up when things go awry. The best servant leaders are those who are obedient to God, love all, serve as many as possible and train a few.

The effective Biblical Leader begins with a sense of destiny, with a burden and vision; is passionate about God-given responsibility; and has prayer as number one priority. The effective Biblical Leader begins with leading oneself before leading others. The effective Biblical Leader focuses on teamwork and has the courage to make necessary changes.

The effective Biblical Leader designs movement, momentum, and motion. But caution not to let momentum slip into mindless motion because auto motion can lead to complacency and quench the movement spirit.

To gleam more insights on Christian leadership, this is a go-to book.

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