2017 Christian Book Award Winner for Ministry Resources
There's a leadership crisis in the church.
Every leadership model claims to have all the answers to the challenges of leadership. Each perspective emphasizes certain qualities, and we search desperately for answers in the absence of clear direction. But there's no simple leadership formula that meets every need we have in life and ministry.
Challenging the conventional wisdom about what makes for a good leader, Daniel Montgomery calls us to a countercultural perspective on leadership rooted in our Creator. He presents a new framework for leadership, not just a beckoning to further pragmatism, relentless productivity, or a reactionary cultural fad. He helps us see leadership as a mosaic of five characteristics—conviction, creativity, courage, collaboration, and contemplation—reflective of the very image of the triune God.
Armed with this perspective, we will be able to see, strive after, and celebrate the great and complex vision of leadership God has called us to—for the flourishing of our homes, churches, and workplaces.
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About the Author
Daniel Montgomery (MDiv, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the founder and lead pastor of Sojourn Community Church and founder of Sojourn Network.
Jared Kennedy is the pastor of families at Sojourn Community Church Midtown.
Russell Moore (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the eighth president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the moral and public policy agency of the nation's largest Protestant denomination. A widely-sought commentator, Dr. Moore has been called "vigorous, cheerful, and fiercely articulate" by the Wall Street Journal. He is the author of several books, including Onward, The Kingdom of Christ, Adopted for Life, and Tempted and Tried, and he blogs regularly at RussellMoore.com and tweets at @drmoore. He and his wife, Maria, have five sons.
Table of Contents
Foreword Russell Moore 11
Introduction: The Complexity of Leadership and Our Triune God 15
Part 1 Theological Vision
1 The Convictional Leader: Embodying What You Believe 33
2 The Creative Leader: Imagining the Way Forward 63
Part 2 Missional Organization
3 The Courageous Leader: Taking Risks 95
4 The Collaborative Leader: Empowering the Team 131
Part 3 Soulful Communion
5 The Contemplative Leader: Waking Up to Reality 165
Conclusion: The Leadership Mosaic 203
Appendix: Four Definitions of Leadership 219
Leadership Bibliography 239
General Index 245
Scripture Index 250
What People are Saying About This
“Leader, this book is a deep, transforming well. Draw from it and drink the water of divine wisdom. Dive in, splash around, drink again, swallow slowly, and savor. Daniel Montgomery and Jared Kennedy don’t offer you their collected leadership wisdom—they offer you your Lord. He is the water that not only quenches a leader’s thirst but also quiets his heart and transforms the way he leads. I wish I had had this book forty years ago!”
—Paul David Tripp, president, Paul Tripp Ministries; author, What Did You Expect?
“Leadership Mosaic is easily the most stimulating book I’ve read on leadership in the past ten years. What grabbed my attention and heart the most is Daniel Montgomery’s commitment to ground leadership culture in the dynamic life and beauty of the Trinity. To acknowledge that each of us has been made in the image of God is to affirm that we have been made in the image of God—not just individually but collectively as the people of God. Revealing our God as leaders is way more important than simply delivering our product. Thank you, Daniel, once again, for turning my thoughts heavenward.”
—Scotty Smith, Teacher in Residence, West End Community Church, Nashville, Tennessee
“I’ve interviewed thousands of pastors over the years and know that Daniel Montgomery is a rare find. Leadership Mosaic reflects Daniel’s unique combination of artistic and intuitive talent with systematic thinking. Reading this book will expand your leadership and give you a system for constant growth.”
—William Vanderbloemen, CEO and president, The Vanderbloemen Search Group; author, Next: Pastoral Succession That Works
“I’ve been in some form of leadership in the local church for almost twenty years, but I’ve often wondered if I was ‘doing it right.’ What makes a godly leader effective? Daniel Montgomery helps us answer that question with perceptiveness and nuance. Writing from a place of vulnerability and honesty, he offers hard-won leadership insights, gleaned from both wins and losses across a sustained season of ministry. And his answer makes room for leaders of all kinds to recognize and effectively deploy their unique gifts in service to the church.”
—Jen Wilkin, author, Women of the Word and None Like Him; bible teacher
“Daniel Montgomery is a leader of great ability and theological conviction. For over a decade he has faithfully led Sojourn Community Church and the Sojourn Network of churches planting other churches. Leadership Mosaic is a careful and compelling portrait of leadership built on doctrinal principle. This book is a much-needed resource for evangelical leaders and an articulate call to biblical leadership.”
—R. Albert Mohler Jr., President and Joseph Emerson Brown Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
“Books, both secular and religious, on leadership principles and practices abound. Christian leaders are searching for help in leading their churches and the teams that work in them toward successful ministry. Most of the books can be categorized as ‘somewhat helpful’—you know, the sort of thing that CEOs of corporations first learned in their MBA classes. But Leadership Mosaic is different. Taking the paradigm of the Trinity, Montgomery has crafted a truly God-centered model of leadership based on the love, mutual respect, submission, and unity found among the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as they work as one to bring about the salvation of souls and the glorification of one another. I’m really thankful for this book and hope that it will foster a revival of unified, other-centered ministry in our churches.”
—Elyse M. Fitzpatrick, counselor; speaker; author, Found in Him
“Leadership Mosaic is a creative and challenging book about leadership and life. Author Daniel Montgomery connects leaders and their leadership to our great eternal God. Montgomery not only helps us understand leadership, but also shows us how to lead in this critical hour in the church and in America. If you want to grow in your life and as a leader, then read this book. It is worth sharing with your friends and colleagues!”
—Ronnie Floyd, Former President, The Southern Baptist Convention; Senior Pastor, Cross Church, Springdale, Arkansas
“Have you ever considered how the Trinity relates to leadership? I hadn’t—until now. Montgomery takes us on a theological journey into leadership that both challenges and inspires. He helps us identify the type of leaders we are, some of our pitfalls, and the beauty in the way God has made each of us for his glory. This book envisions holistic leaders who embody each of the aspects of leadership while also embracing our differences so we might be a beautiful mosaic.”
—Trillia Newbell, author, Enjoy; Fear and Faith; and United
“In Leadership Mosaic, Montgomery calls us to leadership that is simultaneously convictional, creative, courageous, collaborative, and contemplative. No small order to be sure. But unlike other paradigms that rely on our will, charisma, or natural giftedness, Montgomery calls us outside ourselves to a vision of leadership that reflects the nature of the triune God. If you’re looking for gimmicks or magic formulas, move along. This is nothing less than spiritual formation. Nothing less than being transformed into the image of Christ himself.”
—Hannah Anderson, author, Made for More and Humble Roots
“Leadership Mosaic shines a light on key insights for leading in a manner that honors Christ above all. By making the practice of leadership a theological issue, this book makes the ‘how’ of leading an opportunity to spotlight the beauty of God as Trinity. I am confident that this book will not only improve the way we lead our churches, families, and organizations, but also shape our hearts for the glory of God.”
—Kevin Peck, Lead Pastor, The Austin Stone Community Church, Austin, Texas; coauthor, Designed to Lead
“In Leadership Mosaic, Daniel Montgomery and Jared Kennedy provide a top-notch Christian leadership resource that builds its case on the nature and character of God, not selected proof texts from a few Scriptures. This book is a gift to the church and its leaders.”
—Ed Stetzer, Billy Graham Distinguished Chair for Church, Mission, and Evangelism, Wheaton College
“Writing from his unbounded enthusiasm, creative clarity, and doctrinal convictions, Montgomery connects Trinitarian theology to leadership in a way that makes sense, makes disciples, and makes a difference. If you’re aspiring to leadership or looking to improve your leadership, the next step is in your hands!”
—Dave Harvey, teaching pastor, Summit Church, Naples, Florida; author, When Sinners Say I Do and Am I Called?
“Christian leadership is a topic jumbled with a cacophony of competing voices, each one claiming to have found the key that everyone else has missed. In Leadership Mosaic, Daniel Montgomery and Jared Kennedy avoid such overblown claims and speak with clarity, calmness, and grace. They don’t pretend to offer any magical keys to leadership. Instead, they trace the complex contours of a wisdom that the triune God has woven into his creation and exemplified supremely in Jesus Christ. The result is a settled and substantive exploration of leadership to which you will return again and again.”
—Timothy Paul Jones, author, Misquoting Truth: A Guide to the Fallacies of Bart Ehrman’s Misquoting Jesus
“Using a fivefold leadership model grounded in the doctrine of the Trinity, Leadership Mosaic helps us connect theology and practice. I’m grateful for the ways this book has challenged my paradigm of leadership, and I’m confident it will do the same for you.”
—Bob Thune, Lead Pastor, Coram Deo Church, Omaha, Nebraska
“Combining a theology of leadership with practical ways to understand more of yourself as a leader, Leadership Mosaic helps us identify the complex issues facing Christian leaders, orders them into helpful categories, and offers the resources and ideas necessary to learn how to implement different leadership styles in your ministry. This book will make you think deeply, and it will help you lead effectively.”
—Kyle Idleman, Pastor, Southeast Christian Church, Louisville, Kentucky; author, Not a Fan