Leadership is essential. Maybe you've shied away from leadership because you don't know what it will involve, or you feel too unsure of your own abilities. But your leadership is needed! In every sector of society, from families to...
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Leadership is essential.
Maybe you've shied away from leadership because you don't know what it will involve, or you feel too unsure of your own abilities. But your leadership is needed! In every sector of society, from families to businesses to churches, leadership roles remain empty, waiting for people willing and able to step up and make wise decisions that bring positive change. And, in a world with priorities vastly different from Christ's, Christian leaders are especially needed to point people to him.
Preparation is essential. As essential as the leadership itself is the preparation beforehand, which is why Greg Ogden, a seasoned leader himself, has created this interactive guide that will give you the tools you need to lead well, using your unique gifts and experience.
Divided into four sections, this workbook will help you develop character, postures, vision and skills as you participate in the following elements in each chapter: a memory verse a Bible study a reading a leadership exercise By working through these multiple channels of learning you'll be equipped not just with head knowledge about leadership but with true character formation and awareness of your own abilities that will prepare you for the challenges and choices of leadership.
Designed to work well on your own, with a partner or with a group, Leadership Essentials by Greg Ogden and Daniel Meyer is the essential preparation tool for those who would be led and shaped by Christ to lead others with strength and wisdom.
Greg Ogden and Daniel Meyer present twelve sessions on developing as a leader. The sessions are appropriate for leaders at various levels of experience.
Greg Ogden (D.Min., Fuller Theological Seminary) is executive pastor of discipleship at Christ Church of Oak Brook in Oak Brook, Illinois. Previously he was academic director of the doctor of ministry program and associate professor of lay equipping and discipleship at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. A pastor for 23 years with the Presbyterian Church, USA, he also served for nine years as senior pastor of Saratoga Federated Church in Saratoga, California. While there, he developed a discipleship program used by over 15,000 people and resulting in his book, Discipleship Essentials. Ogden has also written Unfinished Business: Returning the Ministry to the People of God (Zondervan), Leadership Essentials and Transforming Discipleship both from InterVarsity Press
Daniel Meyer (M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary) is senior pastor at Christ Church of Oak Brook in Oak Brook, Illinois. Dan's sermons are heard weekly on the Love Changes Life program, broadcast on WCPX television and WGN & WYLL radio. They are also frequently featured in Christianity Today's Preaching Today resource. Additionally, Dan is the host of television's Life Focus news program. He serves on the Dean's Advisory Board of Fuller Theological Seminary's School of Inter-Cultural Studies; the Dean's Advisory Board of Midwestern University; and as Chaplain of the Executives Breakfast Club of Oak Brook. He has been an adjunct teaching resource for the University of Chicago Divinity School. He is currently in the final project phase of a Doctor of Ministry program. He has written with Greg Ogden Leadership Essentials.
- Introduction: The Art Of Multiplying Influence
- <strong>part One: The Character Of A Leader</strong>
- 1 Holy
- Developing A Vision Of Christlike Character
- 2 Habitual
- Cultivating Spiritual Disciplines To Sustain Our Leadership
- 3 Humble
- Keeping Watch Over Our Souls
- <strong>part Two: The Posture Of A Leader</strong>
- 4 Kneeling
- Embracing Servant Love As Our Primary Model
- 5 Teaming
- Building Teams To Accomplish Our Corporate Mission
- 6 Stewarding
- Stewarding Our Gifts, Passions And Personality
- <strong>part Three: The Vision Of A Leader</strong>
- 7 The Compelling Christ
- Loving Passionately The Compelling Christ
- 8 Embracing The Kingdom
- Engaging People In Mission
- 9 Helping Others See
- Lifting People Out Of Lethargy And Inertia
- <strong>part Four: The Shaping Of A Leader</strong>
- 10 Taming Temptation
- Facing The Dangers Of Money, Sex And Power
- 11 Conquering Criticism
- Handling Criticism With Humility And Fortitude
- 12 Defeating Dragons
- Addressing Disappointment, Frustration, Anger And Depression