Book Tour: The Gospel Shaped Leader

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Featuring Tony Shepherd, Scott Thomas & Barnabas Piper

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Book Tour — The Gospel Shaped Leader

Episode 1: Know Thyself

Leaning on Jesus to shepherd his people.

How do you grow as a leader in the church? Should you read church growth books? Take a few seminars? Or just wing it? Scott Thomas, former  President  of Acts 29, church planter, and pastor has a different approach. He unpacks how leaning on Jesus empowers not just your teaching, but also grows the humility and biblical wisdom you need to lead.   

Through many years of ministry experience, Thomas has seen the importance of the “soft skills” of leadership—empathy, kindness, and listening—and how not developing those skills negatively impacts churches. Yet simply knowing the need for what the world calls “emotional intelligence,” doesn’t guarantee growth in these areas. But understanding and applying the gospel will bring transformation.   

Thomas gives practical, specific help in navigating  spiritual and emotional  challenges that leaders commonly encounter and unpacks how a gospel-shaped response brings healing. Complete with reflection questions at the end of each chapter to encourage self-inventory and further study,  The Gospel Shaped Leader   will encourage church leaders of all ages in the categories of self-awareness, self-management, relational awareness, and relational management, with the goal of recognizing strengths and weaknesses so they can continue growing more like Christ.


Featured Guest

Tony shepherd

Lead pastor of Hampton Roads Fellowship in Hampton VA

Stan Endicott

Stan is co-founder and chief cultural officer at Slingshot Group.

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Featured Guest


Tony serves as the lead pastor of Hampton Roads Fellowship in Hampton VA. Tony is the former Christian Hip-Hop producer for Lecrae, Shai Linne, Trip Lee, and others. Tony writes for 9Marks on topics of discipleship. Tony is husband to Jolene and father to three wonderful sons and a beautiful daughter.


Stan is co-founder and chief cultural officer at Slingshot Group. Stan has coached hundreds of today’s young leaders. His career as a record producer gave him the experience to effectively lead people “in the moment.” Stan focuses on creativity and curiosity and leads people toward identifying the very lifework that they love.


scott thomas

Scott is the Executive Pastor of Immanuel Church in Nashville, TN, and has previously served as President of Acts 29 and Executive Leadership for C2C Network in North America. He is the author of Twenty Great Truths: Equipping Leaders in Biblical Doctrine, Gospel Coach Workbook, The Gospel Shaped Leader, and coauthor of Gospel Coach. He and his wife of forty years live in Nashville, TN.

barnabas piper

Barnabas is an assistant pastor at Immanuel Church in Nashville. He is the author of several books and small group studies. Barnabas writes for He Reads Truth, has contributed to numerous other websites and publications and co-hosts The Happy Rant podcast. Piper regularly speaks at churches and conferences around the country. He lives in the Nashville area with his wife and two daughters.

We are better together!

“I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
John 17:22-23

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