Every pastor & elder should read it! "The Shepherd as Leader: Guiding Others with Integrity and Conviction" by John MacArthur

about the book....

The very best training a pastor can receive comes from proven leaders with proven track records—leaders like John MacArthur, John Piper, Steven Lawson, RC Sproul, and Al Mohler.

You’ll find all of them and more in The Shepherd as Leader, a collection of the all-time best-ever messages on spiritual leadership from the popular Shepherds’ Conference held annually at Grace Community Church in Southern California. With longtime bestselling author John MacArthur as general editor and contributor, church leaders will find an abundance of guidance on…

  • the key essentials of effective ministry
  • the urgency of purity and integrity in a leader’s life
  • the value of prayer, both personal and public
  • the biblical responses to suffering and opposition
  • the necessity of complete reliance upon God’s grace and empowerment

The Shepherd as Leader is the second volume in the popular Shepherds’ Library series, a new line of resources designed to help pastors fulfill their calling with excellence. Also available is The Shepherd as Preacher.

my review....

"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!

 about the author....

John MacArthur
John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California; president of The Master’s College & Seminary; and featured teacher for the Grace to You media ministry, which reaches millions worldwide. John has also written many bestselling books, including The Gospel According to Jesus. He and his wife, Patricia, have 4 married children and 15 grandchildren.

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