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Designed to Lead: The Church and Leadership Development Hardcover – September 1, 2016
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About the Author
Eric Geiger serves as one of the Vice Presidents at LifeWay Christian Resources, leading the Resources Division. Eric received his doctorate in leadership and church ministry from Southern Seminary. Eric has authored or co-authored several books including Creature of the Word and the best selling church leadership book, Simple Church.
Eric is married to Kaye, and they have two daughters: Eden and Evie. During his free time, Eric enjoys dating his wife, playing with his daughters, and shooting basketball.
Kevin Peck is the lead pastor of The Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, TX. Kevin works to bring strategic leadership, strong teams and a passion for developing leaders to the local church. Kevin also serves as the Acts 29 Network Director for Emerging Regions, helping to recruit and train church planters throughout Africa and Asia. Kevin received his doctorate in leadership from Southern Seminary. He is married to Leslie and together they have 3 beautiful girls Ellie, Halle, and Ivey.
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The majority of the content in this book is spent convincing you of one thing: training leaders is important. (No, seriously, it’s really important.) It then offers a dizzying array of images, illustrations, and metaphors to help you conceptually understand what they’ve already stated many times over: training leaders is important. Now, if you’re looking for a book to lay out a theoretical foundation for developing leaders, look no further. You’ve found the book that you’ve been looking for! However, the very fact that you would even pick up a book like this suggests that you already believe in leadership development, and what you’d like are practical principles, stories, and processes to help you get there.
Perhaps I wanted too much from this book. I would have loved sections like 'personal accessibility as a pathway to development' (as Jesus was to His disciples) or how to train leaders to grow in spiritual disciplines, utilizing the Bible in ministering to others, people skills, training others without micromanaging them, living missionally etc. This book is not even necessarily Christian except that it references Scripture to make its points. But if training Christian leaders is essentially the same thing as training non-Christian leaders, there’s no need to write a book on it. Understanding organizational leadership is an important endeavor, but experienced and talented non-Christian business leaders have already written far better books on the subject.
This is a book written by thinkers for thinkers. If you want a better systematic, abstract understanding of leadership development, this book will give you a good summary of the many theories and systems out there in church world. However, I found it extremely odd that authors would go through all the time and trouble to research and write an entire book on leadership development without spending any time in real life doing it. Or, if they did, they withheld any of that experience from a book they wrote on the subject. If you're in seminary separated from real life ministry, you might enjoy this book. But if you're in the trenches trying to train disciple-making leaders, assuming you've already read any book out there on leadership, I'm afraid you won't find much here to help you.
Geiger and Peck don't just grind away at "what's wrong with the church" either. They offer practical input and guidance into ways to approach leadership development instead of leaving it as a problem "you must deal with on your own."
The research they provide, illustrations for their points and recommendations to get started in making leaders will refresh you.
I am thankful for another book from Geiger that offers real insight rather than trying to sell a "magic bullet."
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