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Courageous Leadership Hardcover – August 1, 2002
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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.
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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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One of my favorite parts of the book is Bill's story about asking a couple to donate their piano. This story struck a chord with me -- that his huge step in leadership created space for this couple to be blessed by an unusual donation to help others worship.
Much of the information Hybels offers can be found elsewhere, yet he packages it together in concise and cogent chapters that cover the breadth of religious leadership principles in down to earth prose. Perhaps the most useful chapter offered more than a dozen "pathways" to intimacy with God. Ironically, he suggested that relating with other Christians and being aggressive for Christian causes are two pathways that most would overlook. Not all Christians are wired to spend hours in solitary contemplation--and God can speak just as intimately to those who excel in activity or in group fellowship.
Equally important--and perhaps particularly disappointing for many readers--is that Hybels offers no magic formulas. Yes he succeeded in building a unique mega church out of a dream and a handful of people. Yet, he says money problems develop character and faith, and patience and endurance are the stuff fulfilled dreams are made of.
Bottom-line: Hybels may not knock your socks off, but he offers practical, hard-earned advise on Christian leadership that is broad, insightful, and yet very accessible. This is a book the author did not have to write--except that he clearly has a heart for pastors and for the church.
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It is written in encouragement style.