Throughout Billy Graham’s evangelical ministry, his roles as an evangelist and as “America’s pastor” have been well documented. However, the story that remains untold is the story of his leadership—both publicly and in private—as a minister and as a CEO.
For more than fifty years, Graham was CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) and oversaw its worldwide gatherings and diverse media divisions. In addition, he was at the forefront of the robust “evangelical movement” that rose from obscurity in the 1940s to become a prominent social and political force fifty years later. Time magazine named Graham one of the top ten leaders of the twentieth century.
Graham’s passionate leadership style has been an inspiration to many, and now, in Billy Graham: Leading with Love, it is condensed into five essential principles. Based on interviews with Graham’s colleagues, associates, and friends, this unique insight into Graham’s life and ministry offers behind-the-scenes glimpses of his courageous leadership style and core beliefs.
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About the Author
Matt Woodley is the managing editor for PreachingToday.com, a ministry of Christianity Today. After pastoring three churches for over twenty years, Matt currently serves part-time as the Pastor of Compassion Ministries at Church of the Resurrection in Wheaton, Illinois. He has authored four books, including God with Us: The Gospel of Matthew and The Folly of Prayer. He has also contributed numerous articles to various publications, including Leadership Journal, In Touch magazine, and Neues Leben.
Since 1956, Christianity Today has challenged the church with real-world content that is timely, compelling, insightful, balanced, and biblical. Christianity Today publishes a multitude of resources, in various formats, that Christian leaders everywhere trust.
Table of Contents
Part 1 Character 1
Chapter 1 Confronting Temptation 3
Chapter 2 Redeeming the Ego 13
Chapter 3 Summoning Courage 21
Part 2 Mission 31
Chapter 4 Focusing the Mission 33
Chapter 5 Birthing Dreams 43
Chapter 6 Funding the Mission 53
Part 3 Teamwork 63
Chapter 7 Forming the Team 65
Chapter 8 Mentoring Other Leaders 77
Part 4 Challenges 87
Chapter 9 Appreciating Critics 89
Chapter 10 Facing Disappointment and Betrayal 99
Chapter 11 Learning from Failure 109
Part 5 Faith 119
Chapter 12 Becoming a Lifelong Learner 121
Chapter 13 Growing in Prayer 131
Chapter 14 Leading with Love 141
About the Editor 157