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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition (January 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802455271
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802455277
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There are many definitions and examples of leadership today. My friend Crawford Loritts writes that the responsibility of leadership must be received as a God-given trust. God builds our inner life to equip us with the convictions, the strength, and the resources necessary to lead in ways which leave a legacy for future generations. This book will inspire and equip you to become a leader God uses for His glory.
-Tony Dungy, Football coach, Indianapolis Colts

About the Author

CRAWFORD LORTTIS (Philadelphia Biblical University; Biola University) is the senior pastor of Fellowship Bible Church in Roswell, Georgia. He has written numerous articles and is author of six books, including Leadership as an Identity and Lessons from a Life Coach. Dr. Loritts and his wife, Karen, have four grown children and live in the Atlanta, Georgia area.

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You will be glad you took the time to read this book.
Stoutd
If you are a leader in the church, whether you are paid staff or volunteer, whether you lead adults or children or serve in a soup kitchen, this book is for you.
Susan M. Baganz
I have read numerous books on leadership throughout my life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Merry Mary on September 5, 2009
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This is an important book for today's culture. The author presents leadership as an assignment from God. This perspective provides an entirely different starting point from where most modern leaders start. As a result, the overwhelming pride and sense of entitlement that many current leaders display is shown to be antithetical to the type of leader that Crawford Lorritts describes.

The four identity characteristics that the author descibes and elaborates upon are (1) brokenness (2) uncommon communion with God (3) servanthood and (4) radical & immediate obedience. I will highlight just a few valuable statements that make me want every pastor and government leader to read this book.

A quotation from Dr. Joseph Stowell who said, "leaders fall when they stop following"(p.44). The implication is that if a leader is not following God, then he can quickly go astray. But, the author doesn't merely stop there, he points out the solution "When you can embrace mistakes - and even failures - you've opened the door for growth and a different outcome for the next time." (p.68)

Lorritts also offers some important questions that a leader should ask himself/herself including "are you concerned with visibility and recognition, or with significance?" (p.136) Another insight expressed is "Sometimes God has to send us a painful reminder that His assignments are not meant to be about us." (p. 139) I hope this provides you with a picture of the contents of the book and why I believe it can be a helpful tool to all leaders and potential leaders.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Shiver on February 16, 2010
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After seeing Dr. Loritts speak at a men's retreat on Leadership as an Identity, I was taken with this man. He truly is one of the most humble servants of God you will ever meet, and his book reflects this. As a rising leader in a local church, I knew that I needed to learn more about leadership, but I was tired of all of the corporate/business themed leadership books. A church is not a business, it is a sanctuary.

After reading Loritts book Leadership as an Identity, I can honestly say it is one of the best books out there. The essence of leadership, according to Loritts, is not the mechanics but the placement of the heart. Our hearts and our relationship with God is what is most important in becoming leaders in the church. I give this book my highest recommendation!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matthew R. Carroll on May 13, 2013
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I read this book in the Kindle edition on my iPad when it went on sale following The Gospel Coalition Conference.

Crawford Loritts writes a helpful book on spiritual leadership. He focuses on four character qualities he describes as Brokenness, Uncommon Communion, Servanthood as an Identity, and Radical, Immediate Obedience.

A strength of this book is that it really emphasizes the leader's life and walk with God, in the context of the responsibilities given by God. This book is not a book on practical management skills with "how to" tips, but rather a book on what to be. I personally found helpful Loritts' encouragement that God uses people who know they desperately need Him, and the reminder to not be a quitter.

A weakness of the book is that each chapter concludes with multiple quotes from other leaders personally known to Crawford Loritts, but not necessarily to the reader. It seams Loritts sent out an informal survey and includes here leaders' responses. After a few chapters, I just began to skip over the quotes at the end, as they all began to blur together. Better would have been one or two "pearls" than so many survey responses.

It also seems that the Kindle edition may have a number of typos and formatting errors that detract from the reading experience.

In all, this is a helpful read, though I think there are better books out there on the topic of Spiritual Leadership. I would first recommend Albert Mohler's "Conviction to Lead," John MacArthur's "Called to Lead," and of course J. Oswald Sander's classic, "Spiritual Leadership."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By crickett on November 5, 2010
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This is one of the incredible books I have read on Leadership. Well written and easy to understand. I recommend it to all ministry leaders
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ben on October 3, 2013
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Great book on characteristics of a Godly leader. Goes into good, solid examples to support each point so we can learn and apply them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 21, 2013
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Excellent book! Going through the book with my CLC brothers! Crawford Loritts has outstanding leadership insight, very different from how the world views leadership!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gilmore on September 17, 2013
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I have read numerous books on leadership throughout my life. This is one I will read again and again. And I will pass it on to my sons and others with whom I serve.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stoutd on September 16, 2013
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The premise of this book is excellent. This is not "how to do", but "how to be". It truly gave fresh insight to some of the common, and not-so-common, themes of leadership. You will be glad you took the time to read this book.
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