Leading on Empty: Refilling Your Tank and Renewing Your Passion

Leading on Empty: Refilling Your Tank and Renewing Your Passion

Leading on Empty: Refilling Your Tank and Renewing Your Passion

Leading on Empty: Refilling Your Tank and Renewing Your Passion


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A message of revitalization and encouragement for leaders before they leave the ministry. Wayne Cordeiro, author of Doing Church as a Team, found himself paralyzed by burnout. He had been in ministry for 30 years, and 10 years after founding what is now the largest church in Hawaii, he found himself depleted. Wayne took a season out of his growing ministry to recharge and refocus on the truly important. He got back in touch with his life, got back in proper balance, and re-energized his spirit through Christ and came back to serve with new passion and joy. Wayne first gave this message at a Willow Creek Leadership Summit, where it was the highest-rated presentation by those in attendance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764207594
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/01/2010
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 656,561
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Wayne Cordeiro is senior pastor of New Hope Christian Fellowship in Honolulu, Hawaii, one of the nation's fastest growing churches. Pioneered by him, it has grown to over 12,000 in weekend attendance since 1995. Wayne is an author, songwriter, and highly sought-after conference speaker. His books include Doing Church as a Team, Attitudes That Attract Success, and The Divine Mentor. His speaking takes him around the world. He is a church planter at heart and has helped to plant 83 churches in the Pacific Rim. Wayne and his wife, Anna, have three children and live in Honolulu.

Table of Contents

Foreword 7

Preface 11

Introduction 13

Chapter 1 When the Needle Points to Empty 17

Chapter 2 Forced to Failure 31

Chapter 3 Power Perfected in Weakness 43

Chapter 4 Early Warning Signs 59

Chapter 5 Solitary Refinement 69

Chapter 6 Finding the Still Waters 87

Chapter 7 The New Perspective 101

Chapter 8 Seven Lessons Hard-Learned 113

Chapter 9 Finding the Way Back Home 145

Chapter 10 The Intentional Life 165

Chapter 11 Finding Solitude in Sabbaticals 183

Afterword 203

Notes 207

Appendix: Retreat Centers and Counselors 209

Books for the Journey 213

What People are Saying About This

Rhett Smith

"Recently I read the book Leading on Empty: Refilling Your Tank and Renewing Your Passion by Wayne Cordeiro, who is the Senior Pastor of New Hope Christian Fellowship in Honolulu, Hawaii. Wayne's book is a great read, and it's not only very authentic, vulnerable and insightful, but he provides some great steps and resources for those who may be suffering through burnout and depression.... This is such an important topic, and I think one that needs to be talked about more in church ministry, especially among leaders. But it must not only be talked about, but action must be taken to move leaders to a more healthy place of leadership. If Christian leaders do not model a healthy life, then what exactly are they modeling?

Wayne helps leaders assess what burnout and failure looks like, but he also provides a roadmap for how they can get back on track. His seven hard lessons seem obvious, but unfortunately they don't become obvious except in hindsight for many of us.

Wayne also does a great job of talking about some actions that one can take such as sabbaticals, and he provides some important resources (counseling centers, camps, retreats, books, etc.) for leaders to access. I think if more leaders would read this book, and learn some important lessons ahead of time, as well as possibly finding a partner in their own burnout (such as Wayne), then they will find themselves in a much more healthy leadership position than before."--(Rhett Smith, Leadership Network (LeadNet.org))

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