Friday, October 21, 2016

Book Review: Designed To Lead by Eric Geiger and Kevin Peck

When it comes to leadership, the church seems to fall flat on it. I am not speaking of leaders who fall morally, although that is an important topic and reason why leadership seems to fail in the church. What I speak of is the lack of understanding of leadership in the church. Most churches think the pastor is the only leader of the church while there are other who think those who hold a church are the only ones who are leaders.

Some churches have handled the area of leadership very well by recognizing the potential leadership within its congregation. Eric Geiger and Kevin Peck believe that the church should be passionate about building up leaders and have a culture of leadership within the local church. They discuss this and other topics in their book, Designed To Lead.

Geiger and Peck believe that the church has been "uniquely set apart to develop and deploy leaders for the glory of God and the advancement of the gospel." Notice they said not for the benefit of the church they are part of, although that is another very important factor in leadership. They know leaders are there for the edification of the body, but they are also there to spread the gospel.

Geiger and Peck write that things are missing in developing leaders in the church is a way to mold leaders as the conviction to develop leaders and a culture of leadership. They go to say that leaders are those who know they have been redeemed by God through the finished work of Christ and eager to serve the church because Christ loved them first. They go on to write that a church needs to have a culture of leadership in the church. Leaders are also instrumental in creating a transforming culture within the church. They used the analogy of a doctor caring for the patient when it comes to help a church become all that God has called them to be. Leaders must use care when it comes to bring people God's Word to them to be equipped for good works.

There are not many leadership books that have grabbed my attention as much as Designed To Lead. Geiger and Peck has done a wonderful job in communicating the importance of leadership within the local church. I highly recommend this book to all church leaders and those who feel God is calling them to the ministry.

Thanks B&H Publishing for letting me review this book.

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