Monday, March 19, 2007

Getting the Lead Out of Leadership – Paul W. Powell

Preachers are constantly telling their parishioners to find a mentor—someone that they can go to for advice, encouragement, as well as to tell them (in a loving way) where they need to make a course correction. Over the years Paul Powell has become that for many a minister. He’s done it by putting his thoughts down to be collected in book form. During his tenure as president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Annuity Board, he was faithful in presenting a helpful book once a year, to ministers at various conventions he attended in his job. One of those books is Getting the Lead Out of Leadership.

This is a short, helpful look at what it takes to be a church leader. Using examples from his own ministry that spanned both decades and a variety of churches from the small to the large, Powell reminds church leaders of simple practices and rules of thumb that work. His challenges bring the pastor to terms with the fact that he must lead by example. He deals with topics such as goal-setting, planning, motivation, and decision-making, among others.

With his down-to-earth writing style, one can see why he has been a much sought-after speaker, and understand how his leadership has been one worth modeling. This small book is a valuable tool for any minister’s library. For that matter, there are principles that would find great value in the arsenal of any leader. So, “get the lead out” and read this book.

—Benjamin Potter, March 2007

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