Designed to Lead: The Church and Leadership Development

Designed to Lead: The Church and Leadership Development


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Designed to Lead: The Church and Leadership Development by Eric Geiger, Kevin Peck

Most churches merely exist.

Many churches do not develop leaders intentionally and consistently. When leaders emerge from some churches, it is often by accident. Something is missing. Something is off.

Authors Eric Geiger (author of bestselling Simple Church and Creature of the Word) and Kevin Peck argue that churches that consistently produce leaders have a strong conviction to develop leaders, a healthy culture for leadership development, and helpful constructs to systematically and intentionally build leaders. All three are essential for leaders to be formed through the ministry of a local church.

From the first recordings of history God has made it clear that He has designed creation to be led by His covenant people. More than that, He has decided what His people are to do with that leadership. Whether you are called to lead your home, in the marketplace, in God’s church, or in your community, if you are called by God you are called to lead others to worship the glory of God in Jesus Christ.

God has designed His people to lead.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781433690242
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/01/2016
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 293,041
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.35(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

About the Author

Eric Geiger serves as one of the Vice Presidents at LifeWay Christian Resources, leading the Resources Division.  Eric received his doctorate in leadership and church ministry from Southern Seminary. Eric has authored or co-authored several books including Creature of the Word and the best selling church leadership book, Simple Church

Eric is married to Kaye, and they have two daughters: Eden and Evie. During his free time, Eric enjoys dating his wife, playing with his daughters, and shooting basketball.

Kevin Peck is the lead pastor of The Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, TX. Kevin works to bring strategic leadership, strong teams and a passion for developing leaders to the local church. Kevin also serves as the Acts 29 Network Director for Emerging Regions, helping to recruit and train church planters throughout Africa and Asia. Kevin received his doctorate in leadership from Southern Seminary. He is married to Leslie and together they have 3 beautiful girls Ellie, Halle, and Ivey.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Church as a Leadership Locus 1

Chapter 1 What's Missing? 11


Chapter 2 Holy Cause and Effect: The Conviction for Leadership 33

Chapter 3 Leadership in the Image of God 53

Chapter 4 Leadership for the Kingdom of God 75


Chapter 5 Theology of Culture 101

Chapter 6 Transforming Culture 125


Chapter 7 Discipleship and Leadership Development 153

Chapter 8 Pipelines and Pathways 177


Chapter 9 Continued 203

Appendix: Jesus and Discipleship 217

Notes 225

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Designed to Lead: The Church and Leadership Development 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
PamelaSheld48 More than 1 year ago
Designed to Lead: The Church and Leadership Development by Eric Geiger and Kevin Peck was not what I expected. This book is not just for church leadership but also for the lay person who wants to be a Christian influence in their everyday life. I judge a book by how much I underline and this book is full of golden nuggets. Right from the beginning the authors tell us "God's people are designed to influence others. . . that the leaders who will ultimately transform communities and change the world come from the Church." (page 3-4). I have studied discipleship but the idea that our churches are responsible for raising up community and business leaders who will influence those they serve in the secular world is new to me. Geiger and Peck say, "Because a local church exists to serve her community, to bless the world, and to be a light to the nations, then the leaders developed in each local church are developed for much more than each local church. (page 7) The book is divided into three parts: Conviction, Culture, and Constructs and ends with the Conclusion. Each chapter unpacks the why and how of each concept, giving practical ways to incorporate the concept into church planning. The Appendix, "Jesus and Discipleship: Selections from the Gospels", is rich with scripture pointing to how Jesus used this very concept to disciple His followers. I would highly recommend this book to any Christian seeking to be an influence in both their church and secular community.
grae_bird More than 1 year ago
Leader? That’s not me. That’s far from me. Step even beyond—leadership development? On a church level? Me? I’m little me. Esther I admire, but it’s Mary of Magdalene and Damaris that I relate to more. So Designed To Lead: The Church and Leadership Development, a recently released book by Eric Geiger & Kevin Peck (B&H Books, 2016), maybe I will gift it to my pastor, but on my shelf? But listen as the authors write, “We don’t want to be overly dramatic, but there is so much at stake here. The Church of God must be the locus of leadership development that God has designed her to be” (30). Our church is at stake. The suffering world is at stake. Your identity is at stake. Your calling is at stake. God’s glory is at stake. The church and leadership development touches you. Our neighbor. The homeless man down the street. Wall Street gurus. The teen hanging out on the corner, as well as the enrolled-in-eight-AP-classes-and-still-doing-sports-and-clubs high school junior. And your touch to them. If you are in Christ, you are an ambassador. You are a leader. The question is not if YOU are a leader, but what kind of a leader you are. Really? If we truly believe the biblical account from Genesis to Revelation, the calling and demands of Jesus, the Church must not only be developing leaders, but be the locus of leadership development Geiger and Peck convincingly argue and biblically, theologically unpack. Moreover, it shouldn’t be taking leadership principles from the world chiefly, but let the Servant Leader of Christ, come-and-die-leadership shape our essence of leadership. Do we even know what that looks like sometimes? Let your imagination fly for a minute. What would the world look like? Leadership and discipleship? Have you fallen into the mentality that leadership is an additional thing for the church if given resources? We disciple, and leadership is the next step? Leadership development is discipleship; discipleship is leadership development. Peck and Geiger give steps to undergird this. The gospel and leadership? “The essence of Christianity is not that we serve Him first, but that He has served us by sacrificing Himself on the cross in our place and enduring suffering and shame” (5). The how tos? Like good under-shepherds, leaders, and models, the authors walk through the cores of conviction, culture, and constructs in tangible ways. It helps you and I, the average “non-leader” we see ourselves as, evaluate our church, test our culture, see our character, see our role as well. This equips us to come alongside of the shepherds God has placed over us. The how-tos, yes, are most helpful for leaders, but do not exclude us. Character and leadership? Is there mistrust, hurt, from authority? Geiger and Peck bring in heart, character, theology, idolatry, and sin, addressing them in grace. Leadership as God designed from the very Garden of Eden. Calling. Convicting. Practical. Gospel-centered. Heart-penetrating. Vision-casting. Methodical. Balanced. Leadership redeemed in Christ. *Thank you to B & H Books for sending me a copy to review. Original review at
DrTracyMcE More than 1 year ago
This is the resource that I have been searching for! My professional training has all been in the secular environment, but I am now on staff at a church as a ministry director. When I was given an early release copy of this book, I was actively looking for a resource that I could use that would bring in research-based leadership principles but with practical application to ministry in the local church. Prior to reading, I was apprehensive that it would be yet another book that provides the why of leadership without the how. Or that it would miss the mark by casting a short-term vision of leadership development. Designed to Lead is anything but that. First, Geiger and Peck first cast a vision for the Church to be intentional and strategic in developing its people to influence those around them, wherever they are-the home, the workforce, school, or community. But it doesn’t cast that short-term vision without simultaneously presenting the long-term catalyst for that vision: the Gospel of Christ. While this book is about leadership development, it is appropriately framed within our God-called mission to make disciples who make disciples. Second, Geiger and Peck do not leave out the how of leadership development. Within the book you will find a framework and set of strategies that you can immediately start to think about and use within your own church or organization. Overall, the book is well-written with a clear path from big picture down to practical steps. It is convicting, inspiring, relevant, and timely. I highly recommend this book to vocational church staff, ministry leaders, and volunteers at all levels of leadership and participation. I believe it can be a useful tool to springboard your passion for developing leaders and making disciples who make disciples.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Designed to Lead is a great book that provides both theology and practicality for church leadership. I'm currently taking my staff through it, and it is challenging them to train leadership for the expansion of the kingdom. Never before has leadership development been more crucial for the church. Help your team understand that leadership development is not a church growth strategy. It's all about discipleship. Eric & Kevin provide great advice on how to build a culture of leaders that create leaders. Get this book.
MCWiley More than 1 year ago
This book is a game-changer for leadership development in the church. So often, it seems that churches mine for the people who have been developed as leaders in their jobs or while in school and move them into the leadership roles within the church. Relying on those outside the church to develop leaders to lead inside the church is not the Biblical model... Geiger and Peck would say it is quite the opposite. God has tasked the church with being the center of leadership development, and so often our busyness and programming get in the way of true development and discipleship that results in growth. Designed to Lead walks through the why of developing leaders, as well as that how with Biblical principles and practical constructs. It provides a framework for dissecting your church's culture and systems that might inhibit current development, as well as a call to move into a planned, purposeful process for moving people from participators to leaders. I work directly with book at B&H, so I understand that I may be a little biased, but I do think this is a must-read for church leaders.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book does an amazing job of showing what God originally designed leadership to do - cause a flouring Kingdom where He is glorified and His people are satisfied. The book explains how this vision and goal of leadership in our world has been corrupted by the fall - but like all things, the gospel is able to redeem leadership for the glory of Christ. Geiger and Peck do a great job of walking through this theology of leadership and exhort local churches to become places where leadership is valued and leaders are sought out/trained/sent - and, if we do, how it could impact the world and the Kingdom of God in everlasting ways.