Every pastor & elder should read it! "The Shepherd as Leader: Guiding Others with Integrity and Conviction" by John MacArthur
about the book....
"The Shepherd as Leader" is a wonderful resource for pastors, elders, and leaders in the church today. Each chapter, though written by a different author, is well-crafted and easy to understand, and provides a godly challenge for leaders to rise up and lead as Christ himself led. The book is infused with scripture and solid exegesis, and it would be impossible to put down this book without having come to a deeper understanding of how God wants his church to be led.
I particularly enjoyed two of the chapters contained within the book. The first is the chapter "Hallowed Be Your Name", which provides a call to leaders to first and foremost lead on their knees. The chapter opens with statistics that remind us that many pastors and leaders today admit to putting very little time and attention to praying, which is the exact opposite of the example Jesus left for us! While reading this chapter, I too found myself feeling convicted that I need to make prayer more of a priority in my own life, because it is through prayer that God first and foremost changes lives. I also enjoyed the chapter "Guarding the Gospel", particularly the challenge in the section "Who Will You Please?" which talks about the difficulty we all face in wrestling with the question of seeking the favor of men or of God. As the news headlines so often scream today, the truth of the gospel continues to run up against political correctness, and it is becoming ever more unpopular to share God's views on issues like human sexuality and marriage. A chapter like this one reminds us that, with love and grace, we need to stand on God's truth and guard the gospel, no matter the cost.
If you are a pastor or a leader of any kind in the church, I encourage you to pick up a copy of this book and allow yourself to be challenged in your role as leader. I award this book a solid 4 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher, Harvest House. Available at your favourite bookseller!
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