In this honest book, pastor and author Scott Sauls exposes the real struggles that Christian leaders and pastors regularly face. Sauls shares his own stories and those of other leaders from Scripture and throughout history to remind us that we are human, we are sinners, and we need Jesus to help us thrive as people and leaders. For Christian leaders—both inside and outside of the church—weaknesses that are left unchecked can lead to a downfall that is both public and painful. They want to lead with character and live like Jesus, but ambition, isolation, criticism, envy, anticlimax, opposition, restlessness, and insecurity can get in the way. From Weakness to Strength provides leaders with tools to draw near to Jesus and stay encouraged and hopeful, even (and especially) when sin and struggle get in the way.
About the Author
Scott Sauls is husband to Patti, dad to Abby and Ellie, and serves as senior pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee. Scott was previously a lead and preaching pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian in New York City after planting two churches in Kansas City and St. Louis. Scott has authored two books and blogs regularly at scottsauls.com. His work has also been featured in Christianity Today, Relevant magazine, Catalyst Leadership magazine, and other publications. Connect with Scott on Facebook or Twitter and Instagram at @scottsauls.
Table of Contents
Foreword: Before You Begin 9
Chapter 1 Ambition: The Catastrophe of Success 29
Chapter 2 Isolation: The Soil for Collapse 49
Chapter 3 Criticism; An Invitation to Self-Reflection 69
Chapter 4 Envy: A Thorn in the Soul 91
Chapter 5 Insecurity: Growing Big from Feeling Small 109
Chapter 6 Anticlimax: A Gateway to Hope 129
Chapter 7 Opposition: The Unlikely Pathway to Neighbor Love 149
Chapter 8 Suffering: Leading with a Limp 173
More about Scott Sauls 199
PastorServe Book Series 205