Christian leaders face challenges. But God works with us and through us to accomplish his purposes. Available here for the first time in English is John Stott's practical wisdom for younger leaders. Speaking personally from his own experience, Stott addresses issues of discouragement, self-discipline, relationships and youth in Problems of Christian Leadership.
Also includes reflections on John Stott's ministry from two of his former study assistants, Mark Labberton and Corey Widmer, plus excerpts of Stott's writing about ministry, leadership and service.
John R. W. Stott (1921-2011) has been known worldwide as a preacher, evangelist and communicator of Scripture. For many years he served as rector of All Souls Church in London, where he carried out an effective urban pastoral ministry. A leader among evangelicals in Britain, the United States and around the world, Stott was a principal framer of the landmark Lausanne Covenant (1974). His many books have sold millions of copies around the world and in dozens of languages. Stott's best-known work, has sold two million copies and has been translated into more than 60 languages. Other titles include and a daily devotional. He has also written eight volumes in series of New Testament expositions. Whether in the West or in the Two-Thirds World, a hallmark of Stott's ministry has been expository preaching that addresses the hearts and minds of contemporary men and women. Stott was honored by magazine in 2005 as one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World" and was named in the Queens New Years Honours list as Commander of the Order of the British Empire. In 1969, Stott founded the Langham Trust to fund scholarships for young evangelical leaders from the Majority World. He then founded the Evangelical Literature Trust, which provided books for students, pastors and theological libraries in the Majority World. These two trusts continued as independent charities until 2001, when they were joined as a single charity: the Langham Partnership. Langham's vision continues today to see churches in the Majority World equipped for mission and growing to maturity in Christ through nurturing national movements for biblical preaching, fostering the creation and distribution of evangelical literature, and enhancing evangelical theological education.
John Stott continues to pastor us with compassion, personal experience and biblical depth in this wonderful collection of lectures from 1985. The four problems of leadership are timeless and relevant--challenges we constantly face as spiritual leaders today. Read this book, and you will experience the Shepherd's touch and the wisdom of an inspirational servant leader.
George Fox Seminary
This is the most encouraging leadership book I have read in a long time! Simple without being simplistic, spiritually and theologically deep without being dense, accessible but not superficial, inspiring but not manipulative--it feels like a breath of fresh air!
-Ruth Haley Barton,
founding president, Transforming Center
As I read this short but powerful book by John Stott I was reminded of the impact of the lectures that he presented in Quito, Ecuador, in 1985. They touched my life at a crucial point as we experienced a change of leadership in evangelical student work in Latin America. Since I met him in Cambridge in 1959, Stott had modeled for me a truly biblical style of leadership. I know hundreds of people around the world who have had the same experience. In these chapters you will find biblical exposition, personal examples and fascinating anecdotes that reflect the principles that explain why he kept his successful leadership role in world evangelicalism. He uses a clear and attractive narrative style that makes for easy reading but always takes you to a reflective mood.
past president of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students
A wonderful gift and legacy from Uncle John, clearly, succinctly and freshly written. It is one of the most practical and helpful books on leadership for mature and younger leaders. It inspires and challenges. It's a balanced blend of solid and grounded biblical foundation, personal examples and deep pastoral insights, relevant and contextual application. It will enrich every servant leader whose aspiration is to lead like Jesus, with humility, integrity, sacrifice and by example.
International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES)
John Stott was a leader who never stopped learning. His posture of humility before God, before the Scriptures, before friends and even before enemies was one of his most remarkable traits. This set of lectures captures some of this spirit in a plain and compassionate way. For a leader who seeks humble courage, it can be tasted in this word of witness from one who lived it to the glory of the Lord he followed.
president of Fuller Theological Seminary
In Stott's inimitable style, he addresses these four leadership concerns with boldness and humility. Turning to the Scriptures for truth and wisdom and to his many years of experience in Christian leadership, he tells of mistakes, failures, and lessons learned. Fans of Stott's Basic Christian Leadership will appreciate an authentically transparent look inside one of the Church's most distinguished leaders. Recommend this booklet to younger pastors, parachurch ministry leaders, and student leaders.
"The tone throughout Problems of Christian Leadership is tender and warm; Stott comes across as a kind, older uncle whose simple, practical wisdom conceals a depth and durability that could be overlooked by the casual reader. I would recommend this book warmly as a resource for any who are involved in mentoring or encouraging emerging leaders. I also see much in Stott's advice that is directly applicable to the contemporary realities facing Canadian Mennonite Brethren."
"In Stott's inimitable style, he addresses these four leadership concerns with boldness and humility. Turning to the Scriptures for truth and wisdom and to his many years of experience in Christian leadership, he tells of mistakes, failures, and lessons learned. Fans of Stott's Basic Christian Leadership will appreciate an authentically transparent look inside one of the Church's most distinguished leaders. Recommend this booklet to younger pastors, parachurch ministry leaders, and student leaders."
"John Stott continues to pastor us with compassion, personal experience and biblical depth in this wonderful collection of lectures from 1985. The four problems of leadership are timeless and relevantchallenges we constantly face as spiritual leaders today. Read this book, and you will experience the Shepherd's touch and the wisdom of an inspirational servant leader."
"I can highly recommend this book for a quick, encouraging refresher for all serving in the ministry."
"Concise, clear, and at times pungent, this little work bears all the hallmarks of the careful Bible exposition for which Stott was so well-known. Problems of Christian Leadership will be helpful as an encouraging refresher or as a helpful primer for those who are called to serve as leaders in ministry settings."