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"Dave Kraft has written a thorough and enlightening book on leadership that is easy to read and practical, full of great illustrations and stimulating quotations. This is a book for leaders who want to keep growing in their understanding of leadership, finish strongly, and lead with passion."
Mike Treneer, International President, The Navigators

"Drawing from three decades in ministry and coaching ministry leaders, my friend and fellow Mars Hill pastor Dave Kraft has combined his best insights into Leaders Who Last."
Mark Driscoll, Founding Pastor, Mars Hill Church, Seattle; President, the Resurgence; President, Acts 29 Church Planting Network

"I love it when a practitioner not a theorist writes a book on leadership. I have known Dave for many years and his personal as well as his professional life is exemplary. He is someone you want to follow. He is a leader that knows how to last. He leads from conviction and character. He is a leader that understands how to place Christ at the center of his world and lead with purpose, passion, priorities, and proper pacing. Leaders Who Last is a powerful tool written by a respected leader who knows how to finish well."
Greg Salciccioli, Founding President of Ministry Coaching International

"Leaders Who Last is filled with practical principles to develop leaders who will influence others."
Scott Thomas, Director, Acts 29 Network

"This book carefully constructs a scriptural approach to leadership in a manner that is both accurate and practical. When you combine Dave's sound scriptural basis with his many years of successful leadership, you get a book that should become a handbook for Christians who are serious about learning to lead well. Christians at all levels of responsibility in their organizations will find this information invaluable to their personal growth and effective leadership."
Keith McGuire, retired director for a federal agency

"Dave Kraft is a proven leader, but he's also a keen observer of leaders and leadership principles. In this valuable book, Dave passes on foundational lessons that will help any leader continue growing, learning, and adapting to our rapidly changing world—a world desperate for what true leaders have to offer. He challenges leaders to live with passion and vision flowing from their God-given design and calling—essentials for those who hope to serve and influence others for a lifetime."
Pete Gerhard, Professional coach of emerging leaders

"I could have used your book when I began volunteering at Saddleback Church in the Children's and Jr. High Ministry. I believe this book to be an essential tool for any church volunteer starting to serve in their prospective ministry."
Dave Makela, VP of Sales, Ministry Coaching International

"I must say that it is exceptional. It is superbly written—very readable, great flow, one thought building on another, excellent use of Scripture and illustrations, some very practical ideas that the reader is sure to remember, apply and pass on. Thanks for being in my life, Dave, and for all that you have added into my life as a Christian leader."
— --Coppersmith, Mike, Lead Pastor, Our Savior’s Community Church

--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

Dave Kraft served with the Navigators for thirty-eight years. Currently Kraft runs his own coaching practice. He is the author of two books, Leaders Who Last and Mistakes Leaders Make. He and his wife, Susan, have been married for over four decades and have four adult children and seven grandchildren. Learn more about Dave at DaveKraft.org.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway; Trade Paperback Edition edition (February 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433513188
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433513183
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #369,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dave is originally from the LA area. He is definitely a Southern California boy. Dave has been married to Susan for 45 years. They have four adult children and seven grand children.

He served with The Navigators for 38 years leaving that organization in the fall of 2005. In those years with The Navigators, Dave had assignments in Southern and Northern California, Sweden, Colorado and Washington State.

Dave is a professional Life/Leadership Coach with Building Champions and has the joy of coaching pastors around the world in developing a Life Plan to stay strong and healthy in their personal and family life. Building upon this, Dave helps each pastor think through their specific vision for their ministry and their game plan for building a team to help them carry it out.

Visit davekraft.org to have Dave come and speak on Leadership

When not recruiting training and placing leaders, which he truly loves, Dave likes to read, jog, listen to music and watch movies.

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The title of this book made me want to read it. The first two sentences made me want to read it even more. In his foreword, Mark Driscoll writes: "Pastor Dave Kraft is in the right season of life to write this book. By the time this book is published he will be seventy years of age" (p. 11). That was enough to make want to listen, and listen hard, to what this man had to say. So, I read the book in three different sittings in a thirty-six hour time frame. I'm glad I did.

Dave Kraft is a good writer, with a simple, straightforward style. The book is clear and confident. Kraft knows what he wants to say to leaders and says it. I was immediately drawn in with the book's clear flow-of-thought, which is evident from the contents.

Part One: Foundations
Chapter 1. The Leader's Power
Chapter 2. The Leader's Purpose
Chapter 3. The Leader's Passion
Chapter 4. The Leader's Priorities
Chapter 5. The Leader's Pacing

Part Two: Formation
Chapter 6. The Leader's Calling
Chapter 7. The Leader's Gifts
Chapter 8. The Leader's Character
Chapter 9. The Leader's Growth

Part Three: Fruitfulness
Chapter 10. The Leader's Vision
Chapter 11. The Leader's Influence
Chapter 12. The Leader's Legacy

The chapters are short, to the point, and seasoned with good illustrations and striking quotations of leaders from a variety of different contexts. For example, here's a great quotation about character from the legendary coach, John Wooden: "Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation, because your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are" (p. 98). There are lots of these leadership maxims scattered through the book, so read with a highlighter handy.
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Dave Kraft's book "Leaders who last" is one of the best books on leadership, I have read read. Having read Maxwell and others in this genre this book sets itself above the rest in the following ways: 1) Kraft is a leader at Mars Hill Church one of the fastest growing churches, 2) Kraft is actively engaged in pastoral ministry and training leaders, 3) Kraft writes from a biblical worldview, and finally Kraft explains concepts biblically but draws from his many years of experience. Leaders who last is an excellent book for Pastors, but also for every Christian. Every Christian should learn to be intentional in following Jesus in every area of life. While Kraft's aim is to instruct leaders and those in full time Christian ministry, I believe his book is helpful for every Christian, which is why I recommend every Christian leader. Part Three on Fruitfulness of "Leaders who last" was especially helpful as I do a lot of coaching of leaders and future leaders in my ministry. This section has lead me to pursue future training in the field of coaching. To wrap up this review, this book is one I will be recommending other Pastors, leaders, and future leaders in the Body of Christ to read, and is also why I gave it 5 stars!
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C.H. Spurgeon writes, "Beware of no man more than yourself; we carry our worst enemies within us." Spurgeon poignantly alerts us to the danger of indwelling sin. The writer of Hebrews warns against that sin; the "sin that so easily entangles" (Heb. 12:1a). Tragically, many Christian leaders fail to heed the warning of Spurgeon and the book of Hebrews. Theological compromise leads to liberalism. Moral compromise leads to immorality. Few Christian leaders, as a result, finish strong.

Leaders Who Last by Dave Kraft serves Christian leaders well by turning their attention to the standards set forth in the Word of God. Kraft writes, "The greatest and most pressing need in the body of Christ today is an army of leaders who have a vision of a desired future and are called and anointed by God. These leaders possess a fire burning in their hearts that can't be extinguished. They are motivated and led by God to intentionally, passionately, and effectively influence others."

Kraft argues that leaders (and pastors in particular) have four key responsibilities, namely, shepherding, developing, equipping, and empowering. Three sections provide a helpful framework for developing the author's argument.


Kraft presents five areas that should characterize the life of every leader. The center hub represents the power of Christ. Four additional spokes make up the "leadership wheel" and include purpose, passion, priorities, and pacing.

"Leadership" writes Kraft, "begins and ends with a clear understanding of the gospel and being rooted in the grace of Jesus Christ as a free gift.
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Dave Kraft has been in Christian ministry for over forty years. He has served as a mentor and teacher to other aspiring leaders, and he continues in that capacity even into his early 70s.

For these reasons, I very eagerly anticipated reading his book "Leaders Who Last."

While there is much to like--especially in the area of practical wisdom--I can only give this book 2 stars. In the following paragraphs, I will explain why.

To begin, let me mention four things that make "Leaders Who Last" worthwhile reading.

First, Kraft maintains that Christian leaders must maintain a vibrant devotional life. He makes it clear that if they are to lead the flock, pastors must be in God's Word themselves. This will directly impact his walk, his character, and the decisions he makes. This is exactly correct.

Second, Kraft maintains that leaders need to create a purpose statement; in other words, a simple, straightforward vision for their ministry. This is vitally important, and is often overlooked. Kraft's section on this was helpful for me in that it helped to provide clarity for my own ministry.

Third, the author hits a vital note on how Christian leaders need to delegate to implement their vision. This is crucial for two reasons: first, the pastor cannot possibly do it all on his own. As Scriptural proof, Kraft points to the example of how Jethro told his son-in-law Moses to choose men to help him with the needs of the many people as they were wandering through the wilderness.

Because burnout is so common amongst pastors today, Kraft deserves kudos for bringing this up.

The second reason why delegation is so important is that this helps pastors and elders to develop the leaders for tomorrow.
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