Leadership is essential.
Maybe you've shied away from leadership because you don't know what it will involve, or you feel too unsure of your own abilities. But your leadership is needed! In every sector of society, from families to businesses to churches, leadership roles remain empty, waiting for people willing and able to step up and make wise decisions that bring positive change. And, in a world with priorities vastly different from Christ's, Christian leaders are especially needed to point people to him.
Preparation is essential.
As essential as the leadership itself is the preparation beforehand, which is why Greg Ogden, a seasoned leader himself, has created this interactive guide that will give you the tools you need to lead well, using your unique gifts and experience.
Divided into four sections, this workbook will help you develop character, postures, vision and skills as you participate in the following elements in each chapter:
- a memory verse
- a Bible study
- a reading
- a leadership exercise
By working through these multiple channels of learning you'll be equipped not just with head knowledge about leadership but with true character formation and awareness of your own abilities that will prepare you for the challenges and choices of leadership.
Designed to work well on your own, with a partner or with a group, Leadership Essentials by Greg Ogden and Daniel Meyer is the essential preparation tool for those who would be led and shaped by Christ to lead others with strength and wisdom.
About the Author
Greg Ogden (D.Min., Fuller Theological Seminary) is executive pastor of discipleship at Christ Church of Oak Brook in Oak Brook, Illinois. Previously he was associate professor of lay equipping and discipleship at Fuller Theological Seminary. A pastor for twenty-three years with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), he developed a discipleship program resulting in his bestselling book Discipleship Essentials. you can visit his website at gregogden.com.
Daniel Meyer (M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary) is senior pastor at Christ Church of Oak Brook in Oak Brook, Illinois. Dan's sermons are heard weekly on Chicago radio and television stations. They are also frequently featured in Christianity Today's Preaching Today resource. Additionally, Dan is the host of television's Life Focus news program. He serves on the Dean's Advisory Board of Fuller Theological Seminary's School of Intercultural Studies. He has been an adjunct teaching resource for the University of Chicago Divinity School.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Art of Multiplying InfluencePart One: The Character of a Leader
Developing a vision of Christlike character
Cultivating spiritual disciplines to sustain our leadership
Keeping watch over our soulsPart Two: The Posture of a Leader
Embracing servant love as our primary model
Building teams to accomplish our corporate mission
Stewarding our gifts, passions and personalityPart Three: The Vision of a Leader
7 The Compelling Christ
Loving passionately the compelling Christ
8 Embracing the Kingdom
Engaging people in mission
9 Helping Others See
Lifting people out of lethargy and inertiaPart Four: The Shaping of a Leader
10 Taming Temptation
Facing the dangers of money, sex and power
11 Conquering Criticism
Handling criticism with humility and fortitude
12 Defeating Dragons
Addressing disappointment, frustration, anger and depression