Even with the current abundance of leadership resources, many pastors still have questions. Should the pulpit take a backseat to running the church? No, says Quicke, as he reveals that powerful preaching and disciple-making leadership are both inspired by God's energy; and that they go hand-in-hand in biblical models as well as in the church of the 21st century.
Leadership books and seminars notwithstanding, many pastors remain unclear on how to effectively lead their congregations. Some even believe that preaching needs to take a backseat to leadership. Dismissing such comparisons as artificial, pastor and professor Michael Quicke notes how the Scriptures themselves reveal transformational leadership through proclamation by preachers. God's preachers, Quicke asserts, are inevitably his leaders. Powerful preaching and disciple-making leadership go hand in hand in the Bible, as well as in the contemporary church. Both are inspired by God's energy. The intentional pastor will be renewed to discern that biblical preaching is central to the events of church life and mission.
Michael J. Quicke is C.W. Koller Professor of Preaching and Communication at Northern Seminary in Lombard, Illinois, and preaches and lectures across the world.