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Leadership Requires Loving the Church

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A common expression among Christians is, “I love Jesus, but not the church.” Leaders acknowledge the weaknesses of the corporate body but view the church as the beloved bride of Christ rather than a business. Church leaders who love the bride are keenly aware of the needs of others around them and take action to meet those needs.

Topics: Loving the Church, Humility, and Gentle Communication.

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.

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A common expression among Christians is, “I love Jesus, but not the church.” Leaders acknowledge the weaknesses of the corporate body but view the church as the beloved bride of Christ rather than a business. Church leaders who love the bride are keenly aware of the needs of others around them and take action to meet those needs. Topics: Loving the Church, Humility, and Gentle Communication. 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.

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A common expression among Christians is, “I love Jesus, but not the church.” Leaders acknowledge the weaknesses of the corporate body but view the church as the beloved bride of Christ rather than a business. Church leaders who love the bride are keenly aware of the needs of others around them and take action to meet those needs. Topics: Loving the Church, Humility, and Gentle Communication. 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.
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.

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