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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; 9th edition (April 2, 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310242215
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310242215
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dynamic and effective leadership is the key to growth and success in any organization, including the Christian Church. In The Making of a Christian Leader, Ted W. Engstrom explains that good leadership begins with a clear understanding of tested principles of management and human relations. Then, building on practice and experience in developing skills, the leader cultivates the qualities and personal traits that make good managers. "When we decry the scarcity of leadership talent in our society," Engstrom says, "we are not talking about a lack of people, but rather a scarcity of people willing to assume significant roles and get the job done effectively. This book has been written to help the Christian leader get a clearer picture of what he wants to do and be in a church or organization -- and how to get there."

About the Author

Ted W. Engstrom was President Emeritus of World Vision International and formerly Executive Director and President of Youth for Christ International. He authored numerous books and was co-author of Managing Your Time.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 1, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a priceless overview of leadership styles, strategies and personality traits. Its real-life examples make it an effective teaching tool for leadership development. Engstrom clearly presents Biblical strategies for improving management and human relations. Every Christian leader should have this book on the shelf.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Taylor TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 24, 2004
Format: Paperback
Engstrom has written an excellent book on a topic not many have able to accomplish: how to integrate the Bible with secular theory.
Among the important points Engstrom makes include:
1. What biblical leadership is and is not.
2. A true leader must not be driven for the thirst for power.
3. A mark of maturity is the ability to handle conflict.
4. Suggestions on how to improve your attitude and those who follow you.
5. For a leader to excel, he must find other interests outside his job (family, friends, hobbies, etc.).
6. A leader will be effective when he adopts goal-setting and planning as a personal style of life.
7. Using creative problem-solving.
8. A Christian leader must point others to Christ instead of himself.
Read and be encouraged and challenged to become a better leader!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. W. Schwerdt on September 28, 2007
Format: Paperback
Maybe when this book was written (in the late 1970s) people didn't distinguish management from leadership. I read this book as part of a class on Christian leadership, and though this is recognized as a classic, it was not as good as several other books in that regard.

If you're looking at leadership from a Christian perspective you might consider: Transforming Leadership: Jesus' Way of Creating Vision, Shaping Values & Empowering Change, and Servant Leadership: A Journey into the Nature of Legitimate Power and Greatness 25th Anniversary Edition.

However, if you are really interested in developing management skills for use in a Christian organizational context, this might yet be a good book for you. Just remember, this book is a bit dated in some of it's workplace references....
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I digested this book. It was required readig for my Church Administration class in Seminary. It was a good read then and now I use it as the textbook in my Church Administration Basic class. Ted W. Engstrom does a great job of giving the basics on Christian Leadership. He leaves no stone unturned. I find the student has everything he/she needs to understand christian leadership for such a time as now. There is a careful balance between the secular world of management and bible based principles of leadership. The end product is fantastic!
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By David M. Self on March 28, 2013
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If you like to study the bible then you will need this book in your library. Study to show your self approved.
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