- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Zondervan; Reprint edition (1 April 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0310495954
- ISBN-13: 978-0310495956
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.9 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Courageous Leadership: Field-Tested Strategy for the 360 Degree Leader Paperback – 1 Apr 2012
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From the Back Cover
Ten days after the attacks on the World Trade Center Towers, I stood at Ground Zero and tried to take in the aftermath of one horrific day.
The thoughts of that made me cry out to God, No way! Theres just no way evil can be that deep and that dark!
But strangely, while the ashes smoldered around me, and the grief of it overwhelmed me, a profound hope rose in my heart--the local church is the hope of the world.
There were many people and organizations helping out after the disaster. But a work of a deeper kind was happening behind the scenes in downtown Manhattan. The most important work of all was being done by pastors and church members, volunteers of churches, ordinary Christ followers. They were in the middle of all the misery, addressing the concerns of the soul.
It was happening 24 hours a day. That was the untold media story. So many other organizations met the external needs of people, but it was the church that reached out to care for the inner needs of their fellow human beings. The church became the physicians for the souls of people. That experience underscored, yet again, the convictions that have been forming in Bill Hybels for the past 30 years--that the church has an unique mission to fulfill on planet Earth. And that the future of our society depends on whether or not church leaders understand that and focus the vision of local churches accordingly.
Where Bills heart beats the fastest is with leaders in local churches. He believes to the core of his being that local church leaders have the potential to be the most influential force in the world. If they "get it," churches will be the redemption centers for change that Jesus imagined them being.
So thats Bills hope--that the spiritual gift of leadership will come alive in churches everywhere and, as a result, the church will become the force in the world against which the gates of hell cannot prevail. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Bill Hybels is the founding and senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Ill., and chairman of the board for the Willow Creek Association. The bestselling author of more than twenty books, including Leadership Axioms, Holy Discontent, Just Walk Across the Room, The Volunteer Revolution, and Courageous Leadership, and classics such as Too Busy Not to Pray and Becoming a Contagious Christian, Hybels is known worldwide as an expert in training Christian leaders to transform individuals and their communities through the local church. He and his wife, Lynne, have two adult children and two grandsons, Henry and Mac.
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Top Customer Reviews
As a Christian and a consultant, I had been looking for ways to help my own church and struggling with a concern about the applicability of management tools to developing a church. Bill Hybels demonstrates that the Church can benefit from the sensitive use of such disciplines in order to organise itself effectively and grow. Well worth reading if you want to see your church thrive.
Recommended for any Christian who is in leadership (whether of a church or not) or anyone who has a vision to revolutionise church.
However once the euphoria has died away you realise that this was written by the leader of one of the largest churches in the western world who can pick and choose his team members from far and wide. The reality of most of us is that we have to work with our existing resources. However if you look beyond this issue and take Hybels' view that "the local church is the hope of the world" then you can glean quite a lot from this book on the principles of the gift of leadership. One comment I have received from a senior churchman is that it is a secular management book with a bit of Christianity bolted on to it - probably a fair comment but it certainly helps churches to be shaken out of their complacency.
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A wonderful book, through which the Holy Spirit affirms those called to leadership, whether they're just entering ministry or have been in it for decades. Impossible to put downPublished 5 months ago by Naomi
Amazing insight and a page turning read. Every church leader and aspiring leader NEEDS to read this bookPublished 12 months ago by John Wapshott
Brilliant book for leaders and laypeople and anyone who wants to know more about leaders and leadership. RecommendedPublished 14 months ago by Cherrill M. Mason
Reading this at moment half way through its ok he's done amazing things but it's a bit business likePublished 16 months ago by Sir hopes
Incredible. All lessons via experience rather than theory. Will definitely put these into practice. Recommend to anyone who wants to learn leadershipPublished 16 months ago by Luke Hancorn