Book Review: The Leadership Formula: Develop the Next Generation of Leaders in the Church, by Juan Sanchez
Pastor and author Juan Sanchez believes the church has a leadership problem. Far too often, churches focus on competency, skills, and giftedness, but they fail to consider the biblical qualifications for leadership. While the church can and should raise up faithful leaders, we must also consider what kind of leaders we are raising up. His book is a basic primer on how to develop godly leaders.
In chapters 1 and 2, the author lays out a biblical foundation for leadership in which he summarizes the problem.
In Genesis 1 and 2, God established the pattern of leadership. The man and the woman are equal as God’s image, and each has a distinct role unique to their gender. The man was created to lead, protect, and provide, while the woman was created to come alongside the man and help and encourage his leadership. Sadly, though, instead of faithfully reflecting the divine image, Adam and Eve rebelled against God. So God cursed them, and as a part of that curse, the man and the woman entered into a relationship of conflict, characterized by a battle for control. That’s the leadership problem.
In chapters 3-9, he lays out what he proposes as the biblical formula to observe and evaluate faithful men in potential leadership roles. Pastors and elders must not only model biblical leadership; we must continually develop biblical leaders, so that the church may continue in faithful ministry until Christ returns. Churches should seek to develop leaders with godly character, biblical and theological convictions, competence to teach God’s word, and experience to caringly shepherd the church faithfully. Together, these qualities demonstrates the leaders’ credibility.
In chapter 10-11, he applies his principles to pastors, parents, and Christians in general. The author provides practical instructions to each group on how to develop godly leaders in their context.
The book is thoroughly biblical and offers examples from the author’s church and ministry. The book provides an overview of the topic of leadership development. It will get you started in developing a philosophy of leadership development. However, you will need additional tools and resources to flesh out the concepts and form a practical plan for implementation.
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