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What makes a leader a Christian leader? Too many churches and parachurch groups operate under secular leadership principles and strategies without considering what Scripture teaches. In this accessible and comprehensive book, leadership expert Aubrey Malphurs articulates a working definition of Christian leadership based on the Bible and his own extensive research. Malphu What makes a leader a Christian leader? Too many churches and parachurch groups operate under secular leadership principles and strategies without considering what Scripture teaches. In this accessible and comprehensive book, leadership expert Aubrey Malphurs articulates a working definition of Christian leadership based on the Bible and his own extensive research. Malphurs begins by defining a uniquely Christian leader from the inside out, from godly character and commitment to pure motives and a servant attitude. He examines the leaders of the first-century church and then discusses qualities such as credibility, capability, and influence that are essential for successful leadership. Each chapter contains helpful questions for reflection and discussion. The appendix includes numerous audits to help readers evaluate themselves on various leadership components. Being Leaders is the first book of a two-part series on leadership. The companion book will address the how-to of building leaders.


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What makes a leader a Christian leader? Too many churches and parachurch groups operate under secular leadership principles and strategies without considering what Scripture teaches. In this accessible and comprehensive book, leadership expert Aubrey Malphurs articulates a working definition of Christian leadership based on the Bible and his own extensive research. Malphu What makes a leader a Christian leader? Too many churches and parachurch groups operate under secular leadership principles and strategies without considering what Scripture teaches. In this accessible and comprehensive book, leadership expert Aubrey Malphurs articulates a working definition of Christian leadership based on the Bible and his own extensive research. Malphurs begins by defining a uniquely Christian leader from the inside out, from godly character and commitment to pure motives and a servant attitude. He examines the leaders of the first-century church and then discusses qualities such as credibility, capability, and influence that are essential for successful leadership. Each chapter contains helpful questions for reflection and discussion. The appendix includes numerous audits to help readers evaluate themselves on various leadership components. Being Leaders is the first book of a two-part series on leadership. The companion book will address the how-to of building leaders.

30 review for Being Leaders: The Nature of Authentic Christian Leadership

  1. 4 out of 5

    B.J. Richardson

    This is a pretty good book on Christian leadership. Malphurs pulls out eight different traits of leadership and then builds a chapter around each one. So we have 1) A Christian Leader, 2) A Servant Leader, 3) A Credible Leader, and so forth continuing on with capable, influential, followed, situational, and directional. Although he does try to extend the concepts into all types of Christian leadership, much of what Malphurs says really only fits into the context of a pastorate in a typical Weste This is a pretty good book on Christian leadership. Malphurs pulls out eight different traits of leadership and then builds a chapter around each one. So we have 1) A Christian Leader, 2) A Servant Leader, 3) A Credible Leader, and so forth continuing on with capable, influential, followed, situational, and directional. Although he does try to extend the concepts into all types of Christian leadership, much of what Malphurs says really only fits into the context of a pastorate in a typical Western church. That is clearly his target context and sometimes it is a stretch to pull out the core biblical concepts that are transcultural from the mire of an Americanized (conservative Baptist) worldview that he has embedded them into. In all, if you are a pastor in the West, there is probably a lot that this book can teach and I would strongly recommend it. Just keep in mind that Malphurs likes his boxes and the principles are key, not the presuppositions he has boxed them into. If you come from another background or leadership context, this is still a good book to pick up, but it probably isn't the best one out there.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mykaël Arsenault

    Ce livre contient quelques bons passages. Il décrit ce que c’est un leader et les différents types de leader. Il parle également de comment exercer notre leadership dans l’Église et dans le ministère. Il donne quelques conseils pratiques. Il contient également des questionnaires à la fin du livre pour évaluer à quel point nous avons des qualités de leader.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Will Standridge

    It’s fine. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t revolutionary. Malphur’s book suffers from the same ailment most leadership books do—it tries to be to broad, which in the end leaves it bland. He gives a decent overview of leadership from a biblical perspective at the beginning. This is followed by several practical chapters on the “how” of leadership. The chapter on building credibility in leadership is a high-point, but after that the book becomes quite repetitive. Eliminate the repetition and it would’ It’s fine. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t revolutionary. Malphur’s book suffers from the same ailment most leadership books do—it tries to be to broad, which in the end leaves it bland. He gives a decent overview of leadership from a biblical perspective at the beginning. This is followed by several practical chapters on the “how” of leadership. The chapter on building credibility in leadership is a high-point, but after that the book becomes quite repetitive. Eliminate the repetition and it would’ve been considerably shorter. It would be a good book to go through as a pastoral staff (or maybe in Christian Higher Ed) where it can serve as a springboard towards discussions leadership in the church/organization. Though, I’m not sure how helpful it is to the “Christian leader” writ large.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alonzo Berry

    A Spiritual Leadership Guide The text overall seems to be a good imprint of Christian leadership guy to church building. It's a good organizational blueprint to start a effective church.The author does highlight some points to think about and survey before implementing your next step into leadership in the church.I will off so say that it's a bit bias towards certain leadership methods even though the author says he's not.Over a it's a good place to start thinking and assessing The minister's ide A Spiritual Leadership Guide The text overall seems to be a good imprint of Christian leadership guy to church building. It's a good organizational blueprint to start a effective church.The author does highlight some points to think about and survey before implementing your next step into leadership in the church.I will off so say that it's a bit bias towards certain leadership methods even though the author says he's not.Over a it's a good place to start thinking and assessing The minister's ideas believes in the theology in the course before going into a leadership position in the church.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Gump

    Awesome book! This is a super practical book! Would recommend to anyone who is in a leadership position, preparing for one, or interested in learning about the burden of leadership - so basically everyone. 🤓 It is applicable to those who serve in ministry as well as those serve in the workplace! The concept of credibility was most intriguing to me! Once lost, it’s hard to regain. It motivates me to seek wisdom in God‘s word and ask the Lord for help through prayer for every decision!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dennis Thurman

    This book is Biblical and practical. It is thought-provoking and yet very readable. The various inventories at the end of the book and discussion questions at the end of each chapter make this a wonderful resource for developing leaders in the church.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    While the author’s theology is different from mine, there are still some good tools in this books that I found very helpful. I am glad to have this book available to adapt for the right context and leaders.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Shank

    Very practical tool to help ministry leaders evaluate personal leadership styles, identify areas of strength and weakness, and fit within different ministry settings.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kaleb Miears

    Good overview of Christian Leadership.

  10. 5 out of 5

    cнy

    It's a good book if you're looking to become an effective Christian leader but it's dry and for a higher level of reading. Just not my taste but it was for a class so... It's a good book if you're looking to become an effective Christian leader but it's dry and for a higher level of reading. Just not my taste but it was for a class so...

  11. 4 out of 5

    brett e smith

    Excellent strategies for leaders both inside and outside of a Christian environment.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Andy Hickman

    Malphurs, Aubrey. Being Leaders: The Nature of Authentic Christian Leadership Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2003. Compatibility: There needs to be a suitable matching of pastor and church with the right “fit” in areas of doctrinal, theological and philosophical beliefs, core values, leadership style, ministry expression, personality, passion, priorities, experience, potential tenure, demographics, location, spouse and family satisfaction, financial fairness, and expectations. (p225) Capability: T Malphurs, Aubrey. Being Leaders: The Nature of Authentic Christian Leadership Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2003. Compatibility: There needs to be a suitable matching of pastor and church with the right “fit” in areas of doctrinal, theological and philosophical beliefs, core values, leadership style, ministry expression, personality, passion, priorities, experience, potential tenure, demographics, location, spouse and family satisfaction, financial fairness, and expectations. (p225) Capability: The leader's personal life should display evidence of character, competency, and credibility. Character traits of trusting Christ, valuing the Bible, godliness, pure motives, being Spirit-empowered, and servant leadership are essential. Competency is needed in the timeless pastoral functions of leading, protecting and teaching, as well as general knowledge, task and relational skills, natural and spiritual gifts. The new pastor should be strong in communication, convictions, courage, care and emotional health. (page 173, 182) Five emphases: management, message, market, missions and ministries. “Malphur's Leadership Style Inventory” (p205-213) One thing I would reject is the tendency to leave decisions unresolved and require further meetings. The reason is probably rooted in my personality. Surveys such as the “Malphur's Leadership Style Inventory” reveal my natural team roles are executive and completer which suggest that I am disciplined, organised, conscientious and keen to get the job “done and dusted”. Page 205-213.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Hunter

    Dr. Malphur's book is really helpful for pastors or elders who are thinking through what it means to be a leader within the church. I don't agree with everything Malphur's said within the book, particular his view of staff lead vs. elder lead church. His definition of a leader is excellent and challenging to live out in ministry and life. Dr. Malphur's book is really helpful for pastors or elders who are thinking through what it means to be a leader within the church. I don't agree with everything Malphur's said within the book, particular his view of staff lead vs. elder lead church. His definition of a leader is excellent and challenging to live out in ministry and life.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Michael Vincent

    A very-well rounded book with many helpful tools on Church leadership. There is some overlap with his other books, but that is to be expected with a prolific writer. He goes against some of the emphasis today of a pluarility of Elders in the church, but keeps a balanced perspective.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Summerford

    Aubrey Malphurs does a wonderful job of incorporating leadership principles and scripture. There is clear direction of how a Christian leader should look. I very much enjoyed reading this for class, and I will be keeping it in my personal library.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Aaron Wong

    A bit too repetitive after a while, with the rather pastor-centric audits not revealing too much after all.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Seth Hein

    A timely read, Biblically based look at leadership.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Charleson Charles

    I thank God for this book and its author. I am glad I read this powerful book. If you're interested in Christian ministry, this book is a must read. I thank God for this book and its author. I am glad I read this powerful book. If you're interested in Christian ministry, this book is a must read.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Craig

    Good stuff. Practical and biblical.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Carl Provost

    Some good information but not all concepts are biblically based.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Brent McCulley

    Ok book on Christian leadership.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sean-david

    Lots of quality discussion about leadership, context, and genuinely aimed at helping leaders serve God at their best in a context that fits.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Beasley

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey Moser

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jacquelyn H Jones

  26. 4 out of 5

    Bruce Ritter

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ken Furches

  28. 4 out of 5

    SUZETTE HALL

  29. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Bannister

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dejah Tunney

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