Designed to Lead: The Church and Leadership Development - eBook
Designed to Lead: The Church and Leadership Development - eBook  -     By: Eric Geiger, Kevin Peck
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Format: DRM Free ePub
Vendor: B&H Books
Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 9781433690228
ISBN-13: 9781433690228

Author Bio

Eric Geiger es el vice presidente de la división de Recursos Humanos de Lifeway. Recibió su doctorado en Liderazgo y Ministerio de Iglesias en el Seminario del Sur. Como pastor también enseña y es orador y asesor para misiones y estrategias de iglesias. Eric es autor y co-autor de diversos libros, incluido el éxito de ventas en libros sobre liderazgo Iglesia Simple. Vive junto a su esposa Kaye y tienen dos hijas, Eden y Evie.


Eric Geiger serves as the vice president of the Church Resource Division at LifeWay Christian Resources. Eric received his doctorate in leadership and church ministry from Southern Seminary. He is also a teaching pastor and a frequent speaker and consultant on church mission and strategy. Eric has authored or co-authored several books including the best-selling church leadership book, Simple Church. He is married to Kaye, and they have two daughters, Eden and Evie.

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  1. theChristianReviewer
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Finally, a Bible-based book on leadership! Excellent!
    February 15, 2017
    theChristianReviewer
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    It's not just about leadership. It's not just about discipleship. It's both. Designed to Lead has so much excellent and practical guidance that is Bible-based. Too many books and lectures on leadership by even well known people is more like the business side of leadership with little tidbits of Scripture thrown in to support their ideas. This book honestly surprised me with how biblical it is. It is clear that the authors wanted to find out what the Bible said about leadership and discipleship and then wrote a book on the subject rather than taking their own thoughts on leadership and find out how to support those ideas through Scripture. It took me a little bit to get into it, but not very long and I was hooked. Very well written and worth your time if you want to understand about leadership and discipleship (which aren't separate entities like many of us make them). Highly recommended! B&H Publishing provided me a copy of this book in exchange for my open and honest review.
  2. mattparks35
    Joplin, MO
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Discipleship Redefined as Christian Leadership
    February 5, 2017
    mattparks35
    Joplin, MO
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 2
    Geiger and Peck have written a much needed book for our time. With "leadership" being such a buzz word in today's culture, the authors seek to clarify what leadership means in light of Scripture. This book is specifically geared towards developing leaders in a church context, and they provide a systematic method of growing leaders. Using the analogy of a pipeline, each potential leader is somewhere on that pipeline and the goal is to move them along to be even more useful for the kingdom. This is not a newly developed system, but it is tried and true. Many books have been written on how to develop Christian leaders, but the major problem comes when we actually get to practice. It sometimes sounds easy to do, but it is often the opposite in practice. And with the guide and inspiration of the Holy Spirit, it is impossible and a waste of time. They make a great point that the church needs leaders and each local body needs to develop its own leaders. One critique of this work is that the authors present their method as one that works among many others. This is not necessarily bad, but there is not anything distinctly unique to make it a lasting contribution. It is not a collection of timeless principles but rather a practical method of achieving a desired result. The concept is simple: Churches should be developing leaders. There is nothing inherently negative in their approach. In fact, it is thoroughly evangelical and conservative. Yet this book will likely get lost in the mix of the sea of resources written about this subject. The truth is this: There is much talk about developing leaders in the church and very little leg work. This book is about discipleship, plain and simple. At the risk of oversimplification, Christian discipleship is Christian leadership, yet this should be distinguished from Church Government, i. e. eldership. Discipleship applies to all believers while certain disciples lead God's flock. Back to the point, calling the concept in this book "Christian Leadership" may have the appeal of a new concept, but it is really the painstakingly simple process called discipleship repackaged and shipped to a new generation. But maybe that is just what this generation needs.
  3. nathancreitz
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Emphasis placed on Jesus' leadership rather than modern business practices
    October 11, 2016
    nathancreitz
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    The emphasis the authors place on church-based leadership development is what is missing from ministry circles today. Designed to Lead gives us information and practical application for how to raise up leaders in the church. I love what the business world has to offer with leadership advice but we need to restore a deeper appreciation for what the Bible has to offer us for how to lead effectively. Thankfully, the author's cite business leaders and general leadership resources, but they more frequently point us to church leaders who are effectively raising up leaders. And, more frequently still, Geiger and Peck point us to Scripture and to Jesus' own leadership/discipleship habits.
  4. JT
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    Discipleship & Leadership Development
    September 22, 2016
    JT
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
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    Great resource for pastors, lay leaders and church members alike. There is no shortage of books on leadership development. Few actually see what the authors have demonstrated which is that the mission of God is that all of HIs people would be about making disciples who make disciples and training leaders who will impact their church, their workplace, their city and their world. The authors do a great job of identifying weaknesses in many churches while also highlighting some churches that are developing leaders well. Great book and one I will refer back to.
  5. Matt Bowman
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    An Essential Tool In The Ministry Toolbox
    September 21, 2016
    Matt Bowman
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    In Designed To Lead we're reminded not only of the incredible mission we have as believers but also of the necessity to raise up leaders in order to further that mission not just in our church ministries but in our schools, homes, & businesses. The church should be developing & deploying gospel leaders who impact every facet of our world. Geiger & Peck do a great job of outlining what a church who consistently develops & deploys leaders looks like. The crux of the book revolves around the principles of Conviction, Culture, & Constructs. Without all three of these principles in place, a congregation will not develop & deploy leaders for God's glory in the church & in the community. At best leaders will arise accidentally, but the Church is called to be intentional in all that it does.

    One final piece I'd like to highlight is for those who shrink back at the idea of the local church being a leadership development machine & feel that it sounds too much like business jargon. At the end of Designed To Lead there is an appendix that reminds us that Jesus' relationship with His disciples was built on Jesus' desire to develop them & deploy them for the advancing of the Gospel & for making disciples. Discipleship & leadership are inextricably linked. Jesus developed disciples/leaders who made more disciples/leaders who made it possible for people like us to hear the Gospel & be changed by it.

    Designed To Lead is an essential tool for your church's or ministry's toolbox. Pastors, work through this book with your entire leadership team, both staff & volunteer. Work with your existing leaders to take the principles found in Designed To Lead in order to create a culture of gospel fueled leadership development in your church. Then work together to create a pipeline for identifying, developing, & deploying leaders in your church who will glorify Jesus, advance the Gospel, & make disciples in their homes, their communities, & their church.
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