Being Leaders: The Nature of Authentic Christian Leadership

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What are the distinctive characteristics of Christian leaders?

Too many churches and parachurch groups are blindly operating under secular leadership principles and strategies. Concerned to counter this drift, leadership expert Aubrey Malphurs 1) articulates a working definition of a Christian leader and leadership based on Scripture and his own extensive research, and 2) challenges you to define and develop leadership in your ministry.

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Overview

What are the distinctive characteristics of Christian leaders?

Too many churches and parachurch groups are blindly operating under secular leadership principles and strategies. Concerned to counter this drift, leadership expert Aubrey Malphurs 1) articulates a working definition of a Christian leader and leadership based on Scripture and his own extensive research, and 2) challenges you to define and develop leadership in your ministry.

Malphurs then describes in detail the specific characteristics of leaders, such as commitment to Christ, caring, trustworthiness, a servant attitude, and having followers. Each chapter ends with helpful questions for reflection and discussion. Included in the appendices are several inventories that will help you assess your strengths and weaknesses in leadership as well as your leadership style, ideal ministry circumstances, and much more.

Aubrey Malphurs is professor of pastoral ministries at Dallas Theological Seminary. A nationally recognized expert on leadership issues, he is the author of a dozen books and the president of The Malphurs Group (www.malphursgroup.com), a training and consulting organization.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801091438
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 427,552
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Aubrey Malphurs is professor of pastoral ministries at Dallas Theological Seminary in Texas. The author of a dozen books, he is also the president of The Malphurs Group, a training and consulting organization.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 9
1. A Christian Leader (The Leader's Core) 13
2. A Servant Leader (The Leader's Heart) 31
3. A Credible Leader (The Leader's Trustworthiness) 49
4. A Capable Leader (The Leader's Tools) 73
5. An Influential Leader (The Leader's Impact) 91
6. A Followed Leader (The Leader's Supporters) 119
7. A Situational Leader (The Leader's Context) 131
8. A Directional Leader (The Leader's Task) 157
Appendixes
A A Christian Leader Audit 173
B A Bibliography for Studying the Early Church 174
C Is Pastoral Care the Primary Role of the Pastor? 176
D The Servant Leader Audit 180
E The Credibility Audit 182
F Spiritual Gifts Inventory 184
G Natural Gifts and Abilities Indicator 191
H Passion Audit 193
I Men's Character Audit for Ministry 195
J Women's Character Audit for Ministry 198
K Relational Skills Inventory 201
L Task Skills Inventory 203
M Leadership Style Inventory 205
N Church Structure 214
O Leader's Core Values Audit 215
P Church's Core Values Audit 217
Q Ideal Ministry Circumstances Audit 219
R Ministry Circumstances Audit 222
S Pastor-Organization Fit 225
Notes 227
Index 233
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