Recently, I was asked to check out a new book that was written for church leaders. I love to read. I love the church. Reading a book that talked about how to develop leadership both within and outside of the church? Now you got my attention.
This book was Eric Geiger and Kevin Peck’s Designed to Lead: The Church and Leadership Development.
Eric Geiger serves the local church in a couple of ways. First, he is the Senior Pastor at ClearView Baptist Church. Second, he serves as one of the Vice Presidents of LifeWay Christian Resources. Kevin Peck is the Lead Pastor of The Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, TX.
In this book, Geiger and Peck look to address the issue that one reason for which the church was created is to be a springboard of leadership. This leadership was not just intended to impact what took place in the “walls of the church,” but it was to effect every aspect of life.
Local churches should not be outpaced in developing leaders who bless the world and advance His Kingdom. (p.9)
I think that this is one major thing that set this book apart from many that would fall under the heading of “church leadership.” Many books share about ways in which churches can do better at doing church the way that it has been done for a while now. Some of these books are helpful in developing some leadership skills in pastors/servants, but others are… let’s just say not so helpful.
Designed to Lead was intended to show that the church is not supposed to be about what takes place “inside the walls,” but that the church is supposed to impact the world around it. I really believe that this is an important thing to look at for the church today. There are too many churches that are trying to run away from the world instead of impacting and redeeming it with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Geiger and Peck put forth a framework to help churches work on developing leaders that lead both within and outside the church. This framework begins with conviction, moves through the culture, and creates constructs to make it happen (p. 14-15). These three elements make up the three major sections of the book.
If you are a leader in the local church and have been feeling that there has been a leadership vacuum both within and outside of your church, then I would encourage you to check out Designed to Lead. Geiger and Peck have written this book for leaders to reproduce leaders and impact this world for Jesus Christ.
I have received a few copies of Designed to Lead, and I would like to bless some church leaders with this book. If you would like to be considered for this giveaway, please leave a comment in the comment section of this blog (not on Facebook). I will choose from the comments the winners on Monday, September 19th.