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Bestselling Books on Church Leadership
Leader – the person who leads or commands a group, organization, or country. Are you a Leader? Like many leaders, there’s always something to learn or to improve on to better serve your followers. If you are burnt out from leadership or need some refreshment, it’s okay, we’ve all been there at some point. Leadership in the context of the Church is not meant for everyone. Yes, we are all responsible for our individual walks with God, but God blesses others with the ability to be leaders or shepherds of the flock. He entrusts the leaders to watch over the flock until the chief Shephard returns to bring us home. That’s a tough calling! This basically means be the substitute teacher of Jesus’ class and be sure that nothing bad happens until He returns. Those that have this calling have a unique set of challenges in front of them. As Peter writes:
“So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.” (1 Peter 5:1-4)
A tough calling for anyone, but the good thing is that God doesn’t leave us to figure it out on our own. God works through our weaknesses and gives us the strength we need to succeed as long as we are faithful and listen to Him for direction. This is also a calling that takes more than just one person to take on alone. Only Jesus can truly lead His flock by Himself. With that being said, we should be resourceful, there are many books out there written from the experiences of those who have gone before us. The Bible has the best advice when it comes to being a leader, but here are some other books that apply similar Biblical principles to the modern day struggle. Check out Sharefaith’s list of the Top 100 Bestselling Church Leadership Books.