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Courageous Leadership [Kindle Edition]

Bill Hybels
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The book you hold resonates with this conviction: that leaders such as you have the potential to be the most influential forces on planet Earth. Yours is the staggering responsibility and the matchless privilege of rallying believers and mobilizing their spiritual gifts in order to help people who are far from God become fully devoted followers of Christ. Life transformation and the eternal destinies of real people depend on the redemptive message entrusted to the local church. Are you willing to do whatever it takes to lead your church effectively so God’s message of hope can change the world? Then this book is for you.

Courageous Leadership is Bill Hybels’ magnum opus, a book far too important to be written before its time. Only now, after nearly thirty years leading his own church from a handful of people with a burning vision into a globe-spanning kingdom force—only after almost three decades of victories and setbacks, of praying hard and risking big—is Hybels ready at last to share the lessons he has learned, and continues to learn, about Christian leadership.

Too much is at stake for you not to maximize your spiritual gift of leadership, insists Hybels. In this passionate, powerful book, he unpacks the tools, tasks, and challenges of your calling. You’ll discover the power of vision and how to turn it into action. You’ll gain frontline insights for developing a kingdom dream team, discovering your leadership style, developing other leaders, making decisions, walking with God, embracing change, staying your God-given course, and much, much more. Drawing on his own richly varied life experiences, Hybels fleshes out vital principles with riveting firsthand stories.

This is far more than another book on leadership strategies and techniques. You’ll find those topics in here, to be sure. But beyond them, you’ll find the very essence of one of today’s foremost Christian leaders—his fervent commitment to evangelism and discipleship and his zeal to inspire fellow church leaders even as he seeks to keep growing as a leader himself.

If unchurched people matter to you . . . if you love seeing believers serve passionately with their spiritual gifts . . . if God’s heartbeat for the church is your heartbeat as well . . . then this book is a must. Courageous Leadership will convince you to lead with all your might, all your skill, and all your faith. And it will give you the tools to do just that.


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By any standard contemporary measure, Hybels ranks among the North American Protestantism's most significant leaders. As senior pastor at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Ill., he leads an all-star team of lay and ordained people ministering to tens of thousands each week. Through his other books (among them Rediscovering Church and Descending into Greatness), and through the Willow Creek Association, he influences thousands of congregations. So his voice on the subject of leadership commands immediate attention. Fortunately, after 30 years, he's got something worthwhile to say and better yet, he says it well. Written in an easy, colorful, anecdote-sprinkled style, this is an inspiring and informative pep talk for pastors who share Hybels's conviction that when it's working right, the "local church is the hope of the world." That hope hinges, he says, on churches being led by those who "possess and deploy the spiritual gift of leadership." While not theologically deep or biblically rigorous, it is full of wise principles, useful lists and practical leadership tips. Hybels covers some of the same territory as other leadership books styles of leadership, team-building, decision-making, developing emerging leaders, etc. but he does so remarkably free of the double-talk and jargon that so often plague them. For example, he graciously disagrees with those leadership gurus who distinguish between a "vision" statement, a "mission" statement, and a "purpose" statement. What folks really need to know and remember, says Hybels, is "the main thing." This is a welcome addition to any pastor's library.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Hybels writes with a confidence born of successful leadership...but is at his best when admitting his struggles and mistakes. -- Christianity Today, October 7, 2002

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
I have lived an hour south of Willow Creek most of my life. My father, a pastor, goes there almost weekly to get refreshed and then drives the hour home with new ideas from the Holy Spirit. We are both saddened by the vast numbers of people who criticize Hybels and Willow Creek without knowing their heartbeat or, suprisingly, even stepping foot on the churches main campus.

Courageous Leadership is a book that will act as a portrait of the heartbeat of Pastor Hybels and what makes him tick. It is also a book that acts as a tremendous source for church leaders of all shades and descripitions, even if you are not a pastor.

Covered in this 252 page book are the following....

* Finding leaders who have chemistry and who fit with your current team.
* Establishing clear goals for everyone, and making them tangible.
* Excellence in church is a must. He discusses how people will use excellence in their worldly jobs, but have a hard time using those same critical methods for the kingdom of God.
* The vitality of vision and recasting that vision.
* The importance of celebration and giving honor to church workers, especially volunteers. Hybels tells of a story on page 175 in which all the volunteers were honored in a quasi-parade in which they all marched onto the stage as the church cheered them on. One of Willow's pastors, John Ortberg and drama leader Nancy Beach, acted the parts of Regis and Kathy Lee as they described each ministry group as they marched by.
* Praying to become like Biblical warriors and adopting the best attributes of people like Esther, Joshua, and David.
* Emulating the tenacity of Christ and the Apostle Paul.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Leading with new eyes March 26, 2005
Format:Hardcover
After reading two other book for a class on leadership, the last thing I wanted to do was read another book on leadership. It is not that I believe I have learned all that I can. I am tired of reading and rereading the same thing. It does not help that during this semester I was also enrolled in Airman Leadership School (ALS) for the Air Force, and reviewed for the final examination while reading Hybels' book. I expected to be reminded more than taught in his book. Unfortunately, Courageous Leadership met my expectations, at least the first four chapters. It took me as long to read the first 93 pages as it did to read the last 128. The first four chapters are similar to what Stanley wrote in The Next Generation Leader. A majority of the course material for ALS dealt with building, maintaining, and leading teams. The last eight chapters, however, were a refreshing surprise.

Although the book provided ample information for a young leader to chew on, the chapter on self-leadership was incredibly challenging and edifying. Hybels pigeon-holed me exactly in his generalization about leaders; when I think about leadership I think about the people I supervise or for whom I am responsible. As I continued to read the chapter I felt pretty good about making the value changes necessary to be a 360° leader. Then, out of nowhere, the author hits me with the necessity of leading myself.

That was a great set up. The whole concept slapped me in the face. I am not effectively leading myself. I am so busy leading the ministry in which I serve and wearing all the pretty hats that I have, I have not spent a lot of time thinking about the needs I am required to provide for myself. The chapter offers ten diagnostic questions to determine how effectively the reader is self-leading.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Read for Pastors! January 27, 2003
Format:Hardcover
Many younger and older pastors alike have stood in awe at the way God has used Bill Hybels at the Willow Creek Community Church outside of Chicago. Willow is currently the largest church in North America. Hybels is a dynamic speaker and author, in addition to being an extremely successful pastor. Now, he has gathered his leadership thoughts together in this volume, which is sure to be a great help to all Christian leaders.
Throughout this book, Hybels emphasizes the importance of possessing a Divine vision for God's people, then pursuing that vision relentlessly and casting it consistently. The author offers various thoughts and insights into what makes a great leader. Many of these lessons he has learned through his own "school of hard knocks" at Willow.
I recommend this book very highly to all pastors, regardless of church size or denomination. I always enjoy Hybels' writings, and this volume is undoubtedly one of his best. Don't pass on this one!
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Hybels on Leadership December 18, 2002
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Bill Hybels is a Christian leader who has known the elation of leadership success while also having experienced the agony of near fatal leadership disasters. He writes "Courageous Leadership" with conviction, passion, and empathy that could only be gained through his own leadership journey. This book is vintage Hybels, as his words paint compelling images of what effective Christian leadership looks like. He examines such subjects as vision, raising resources, developing the leaders around you, developing your own leadership style, decision-making, self-leadership, endurance, and the "God-factors" in leadership.

If you have been a student of Bill Hybels, you won't find too much new material but rather a collection of his best leadership teachings. The two chapters on vision are easily worth the price of the book. If you've never read or heard Hybels you owe it to yourself to listen to what this proven leader has to say about this subject. I highly recommend "Courageous Leadership."
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5.0 out of 5 stars MANDATORY READING
Some are leaders by title rather than aptitude. What separates truly successful, inspiring, Kingdom impacting leaders from the rest? Read more
Published 1 month ago by txtanks
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome and practical
This book is not only an excellent manual for budding (and existing) leaders, but has practical lists and examples for how to actually implement the learnings.
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Wonderful book for leading and ideas how to lead small groups.
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Published 1 month ago by D. R. WATKINS Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent book and resource for writing term papers! Also good to gain knowledge and wisdom in the world today.I pray you will enjoy this book. Thanks!
Published 1 month ago by Lisa Darling
5.0 out of 5 stars great!
Lots of insight from a wise man. He's pretty much a leadership and team building guru. I learned a ton!
Published 1 month ago by Becca
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for all leaders
Bill Hybels is a leader of integrity and humility. His insights from many decades of experience will equip you lead with confidence and courage.
Published 2 months ago by Jo
5.0 out of 5 stars lots of great helps
I would recommend this book to anyone that has a desire or is presently in leadership. Lots of wisdom and insight given that is time proven in working.
Published 2 months ago by mark garber
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
My favorite book on leadership--must reading for all pastors as well as others in any form of Christian ministry. Take and read!
Published 3 months ago by Craig R. Higgins
5.0 out of 5 stars Sustainable ministry's
Great book for anyone working in the church. It helped me alot with learning how to be a better leader. This book lays out how to have a sustainable ministry.
Published 4 months ago by devin
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Bill Hybels is the founding and senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Ill., and chairman of the board for the Willow Creek Association. The bestselling author of more than twenty books, including Axiom, Holy Discontent, Just Walk Across the Room, The Volunteer Revolution, Courageous Leadership, and classics such as Too Busy Not to Pray and Becoming a Contagious Christian, Hybels is known worldwide as an expert in training Christian leaders to transform individuals and their communities through the local church. Hybels received a bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies and an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Trinity College in Deerfield, Ill. He and his wife, Lynne, have two adult children and one grandson, Henry.

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