Book Review: Designed to Lead: The Church and Leadership Development, by Eric Geiger and Kevin Peck
Rather than merely exist and/or go through the motions of playing “church,” churches should be intentional about developing leaders for all areas of life. That is the fundamental conviction of authors Eric Geiger and Kevin Peck and the main idea of their recent book, Designed to Lead: The Church and Leadership Development.
The authors argue strongly that churches should be developing, forming, and sending leaders into the world. However, developing leaders is hard work, especially for the local church. In order to accomplish that task, churches must possess conviction, culture, and constructs.
Churches that consistently produce leaders have a strong conviction to develop leaders, a healthy culture for leadership development, and helpful constructs to systematically and intentionally build leaders. All three are essential for leaders to be formed through the ministry of a local church.
Conviction is a God-initiated passion that fuels a leader and church… Developing leaders must be a burning passion, a non-negotiable part of the vision of a local church and her leaders, or it will never become a reality.
Once the church leaders share this conviction, this ambition must become part of the very culture of the church itself. Culture is the shared beliefs and values that drive the behavior of a group of people.
Wise leaders implement constructs to help unlock the full potential of a church that seeks to be a center for developing leaders. By constructs, we mean the systems, processes, and programs developed to help develop leaders.
The strength of the book is that it answers the What and Why questions. It describes in great detail the type of conviction, culture, and constructs needed for a church to develop leaders. It explains why they are so important. The weakness of the book is that it doesn’t go far enough in answering the How question. The book needs a companion volume that details the process of implementing the idea or suggesting how a church leader can find and employ a mentor who can help guide the reader in putting the concepts into practice.
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