Rooted Leadership: Seeking God's Answers to the Eleven Core Questions Every Leader Faces

Rooted Leadership: Seeking God's Answers to the Eleven Core Questions Every Leader Faces

Rooted Leadership: Seeking God's Answers to the Eleven Core Questions Every Leader Faces

Rooted Leadership: Seeking God's Answers to the Eleven Core Questions Every Leader Faces


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Behind many of the challenges facing us today is a failure of leadership. This is not a new problem. Yearning for wise guidance and effective authority is a perennial human longing. We need leaders who are credible, competent and committed. But many leaders seem to be caught up, even consumed, with their own power and agendas. Some see the leadership crisis as an intellectual problem, believing we lack a clear theory of leadership. Others view the breakdown of leadership as a result of increasing deficiency in moral character.

Most leadership books today revolve around the concepts of motivation, inspiration, empowerment, and teamwork. Helpful as these themes might be, they miss something more fundamental. Leadership needs a theological foundation, that will be useful for shaping the undergirding principles, and evaluating current leadership theories and practices. We need to view leadership from the vantage point of God.

In Rooted Leadership, John E. Johnson explores how Christian theology provides an overarching leadership framework and applies that theory to leadership practices. Spiritual reflection, guided by scripture, points us to the very center of leadership—God—and the purpose of leadership—that we might display his glory. All the best forms of leading take their cues from who God is, his purposes, and his ways of working with people that he has progressively revealed.

Building on three decades of research, study, and experience as a global leader, Johnson surveys the landscape of contemporary leadership theory, unpacks the assumptions and beliefs that underly current trends, and responds by offering a robust approach to leadership, founded on the character, work, and words of God.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310120872
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 06/14/2022
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,081,414
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

John Johnson is associate professor of pastoral theology at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. Previously, he served as lead pastor at Village Church in Portland. He has over three decades of experience leading churches in the United States and the Netherlands, and has worked with leaders in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. He has a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary.

John is the author of Life Under an Open Heaven as well as Missing Voices: Learning to Lead Beyond Our Horizons and has written journal articles for Bibliotheca Sacra, Trinity Journal, Resonance, and Didaktikos. He writes a weekly blog (

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

An Invitation to Begin xiii

1 What Is the Logical Framework for Approaching Leadership? 1

2 Why Is God's the Best Definition of Leadership? 19

3 Are Leaders Really Necessary? 43

4 How Does One Become a Leader? 67

5 Can One Lead without Admirable Character? 91

6 Why Is God's Wisdom Essential for Sound Leadership? 115

7 What Skills Are Needed to Be a Competent Leader? 137

8 What Tasks Must Every Leader Carry Out? 165

9 How Does God Turn the World's Assumptions of Power Upside Down? 189

10 Why Is Suffering Beneficial to Great Leadership? 213

11 Is There a Future for Leadership? 235

Conclusion 249

Acknowledgments 253

Select Bibliography 255

Subject Index 271

Scripture Index 274

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