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Leadership today is no easy task. Christian leaders called to shepherd others get caught in power struggles and are tempted to abuse their pastoral authority. Pastors feel that they must project strength and certainty in order to preach and minister credibly. Too often our models of leadership are shaped more by culture than by Christ. John Stott offers an alternative visi Leadership today is no easy task. Christian leaders called to shepherd others get caught in power struggles and are tempted to abuse their pastoral authority. Pastors feel that they must project strength and certainty in order to preach and minister credibly. Too often our models of leadership are shaped more by culture than by Christ. John Stott offers an alternative vision in this biblical approach to servant leadership, exemplified by the apostle Paul in his ministry to the church in Corinth. Above all, Stott reassures us that God is at work even in the midst of our human weakness. "God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong." 1 Corinthians 1:27 A clear articulation of the nature of leadership as well as the thoughtful study of Scripture we have come to expect from John Stott, this exposition of 1 Corinthians 1--4 offers us a model of ministry surprisingly relevant twenty centuries later: leadership rooted in humility and grace, serving the church with the love of Christ. Study guide included.


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Leadership today is no easy task. Christian leaders called to shepherd others get caught in power struggles and are tempted to abuse their pastoral authority. Pastors feel that they must project strength and certainty in order to preach and minister credibly. Too often our models of leadership are shaped more by culture than by Christ. John Stott offers an alternative visi Leadership today is no easy task. Christian leaders called to shepherd others get caught in power struggles and are tempted to abuse their pastoral authority. Pastors feel that they must project strength and certainty in order to preach and minister credibly. Too often our models of leadership are shaped more by culture than by Christ. John Stott offers an alternative vision in this biblical approach to servant leadership, exemplified by the apostle Paul in his ministry to the church in Corinth. Above all, Stott reassures us that God is at work even in the midst of our human weakness. "God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong." 1 Corinthians 1:27 A clear articulation of the nature of leadership as well as the thoughtful study of Scripture we have come to expect from John Stott, this exposition of 1 Corinthians 1--4 offers us a model of ministry surprisingly relevant twenty centuries later: leadership rooted in humility and grace, serving the church with the love of Christ. Study guide included.

30 review for Basic Christian Leadership: Biblical Models of Church, Gospel and Ministry

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tim

    This is a simple yet challenging book that exposes surprising and challenging insights from 1 Corinthians chapters 1-4. The author, John Stott, is not afraid to point out the counter-cultural message found in these chapters: - that the church is ambiguously holy but not yet fully arrived - that the power of the gospel us through weakness - that we are reliant on the work of the Spirit from start to finish when dealing with Scripture - that leaders are given to the church and not vice versa - That lea This is a simple yet challenging book that exposes surprising and challenging insights from 1 Corinthians chapters 1-4. The author, John Stott, is not afraid to point out the counter-cultural message found in these chapters: - that the church is ambiguously holy but not yet fully arrived - that the power of the gospel us through weakness - that we are reliant on the work of the Spirit from start to finish when dealing with Scripture - that leaders are given to the church and not vice versa - That leaders need to exercise humility toward Christ, scripture, their opponents, and their congregation A good little read and a good basis for a sermon series or class!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Don Kauffman

    Not what I expected in a leadership book, but I love this guys heart. John Stott does a good job of being simple in his explanation. He does a better job of walking through how to be lead in leadership

  3. 5 out of 5

    Wade

    A solid book focusing on I Corinthians 1-4 and the biblical models of leadership presented there.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Samuel Kassing

    I thought this little book was an excellent treatment on some of the distinctives of Christian Leadership. This book was written in 2002 but Stott’s thoughts on Christian celebrity culture are sheer gold. And the way he approaches Christian leadership through the lens of humility and 1 Corinthians is superb. The last chapter on models of Christian ministry is worth the price of the book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jared

    Once again this enlightening book confirms Stott’s enduring relevance for the contemporary church. In the first four chapters of 1 Corinthians, he sums up the essence of Christ-like leadership. The book is filled with his treasured insights, with the usual care to be loyal to the NT text. Respect!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Widmer

    Well worth the time This is an excellent and concise biblical theology to guide a ministry leader, shepherd, or missionary. Paul does not often get viewed in the lens off pastoral care, but he and we should use this lens more often.

  7. 5 out of 5

    David Royer

    Excellent in its brevity.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Ray

    Not so much a book on Christian leadership as a (light) exposition of 1 Corinthians 1-4 with some applications for pastors. A good book, but not what I was expecting.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Matt Hasquin

    Meant for students entering the clergy. It used the first four chapters of 1 Corinthians as the study necessary for scripturally sound leadership. I found it to be an enlightening read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tom

    This book is an exegesis of 1 Cor 1-4. It is not a book on Christian leadership, but on pastoral leadership, that is, leading in the Church in a pastoral role. The group with whom I read it was seeking to find a book on leadership principles they could apply in their workplace, and while this book (and really 1 Cor 1-4) does supply some discussion, the secular workplace is not the aim of this book. Pastors and lay ministers of various kinds will find this book helpful, as will anyone who is tryi This book is an exegesis of 1 Cor 1-4. It is not a book on Christian leadership, but on pastoral leadership, that is, leading in the Church in a pastoral role. The group with whom I read it was seeking to find a book on leadership principles they could apply in their workplace, and while this book (and really 1 Cor 1-4) does supply some discussion, the secular workplace is not the aim of this book. Pastors and lay ministers of various kinds will find this book helpful, as will anyone who is trying to help another person grow in their faith. It is worth reading if you're a pastor.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kyle

    Classic Stott.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Wes Durrwachter

  13. 4 out of 5

    Visu

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    Tyler

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    Tim Laws

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    Doctor VanNostrum

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    Justin Bell

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    Jay Hawes

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    James Southworth

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    Will

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cole Rogers

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    Kurt Smith

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sharon L. Madsen

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    Andrew Murch

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    Robert Smart

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    Greg Coates

  27. 4 out of 5

    Brad

  28. 5 out of 5

    Eric Huber

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    Alex Koo

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jared Yaple

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