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Growing Kingdom Character

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Author: Tom Yeakley
Publisher: Navpress
ISBN: 9781615216147
Year of Publication: 2011
Pages: 201
Subtitle: Practical, Intentional Tools for Developing Leaders

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Intentional character development for leadership that lasts.

Most leaders fail at the pinnacle of their influence, not because of a lack of leadership skills but rather due to character flaws. It's character - not years of experience - that counts for lasting leadership impact.

Drawing from more than thirty years of discipling and mentoring emerging leaders, author Tom Yeakley has written this hands-on tool to equip current leaders, especially young leaders, to intentionally develop positive character traits for sustainable leadership influence.

Teaching, application exercises, and Bible study on ten essential character qualities make this practical handbook a must-have for those involved in discipleship and mentoring. The fruit will be a new generation of Kingdom leaders who lead with integrity, maturity, and wisdom.

CONTENTS:

  1. Love: The Cornerstone of Kingdom Character
  2. Integrity: Who You Are When You Think You Are Alone
  3. Humility: Discovering the Doorway to Greatness
  4. Servanthood: Are You a Servant Who Leads or a Leader Who Serves?
  5. Purity: It's More Than Just Saying No
  6. Faith: Trusting the Promises of God
  7. Patience: When God's Timing Doesn't Fit Your Schedule
  8. Self-Control: Life Is More Than Self-Gratification
  9. Teachability: Becoming a Lifelong Learner
  10. Courage: Finding Your Confidence and Security in God
ENDORSEMENTS:

There are many books that focus on leadership skills but few that teach the important character qualities of successful leadership. Growing Kingdom Character  is rooted in the Bible and is written by a man who practices what he has written. This book will be valuable for those currently in leadership and for those aspiring to a leadership role. - Jerry Bridges, author of The Pursuit of Holiness, Respectable Sins and Trusting God

This book emphasizes that leadership is not a matter of ability but rather character. My prediction is that this book will be mightily used by all of us who want to leave a legacy of godly families and ministries. - Dr. Erwin Lutzer, senior pastor, Moody Church, Chicago
Average Customer Rating: 5 based on 2 reviews. Write a review.

 
Dennis Funk (Guest)
Excellent leaderership tool
Drawing from more than thirty years of discipling and mentoring emerging leaders with The Navigators, author Tom Yeakley has written this hands-on tool to equip current leaders, especially young leaders, to intentionally develop positive character traits for sustainable leadership influence.

Yeakley's discipleship philosophy is based upon a leadership "triangle". At the base of that triangle are foundational character qualities (love, integrity, humility, and servanthood). Then the supporting qualities of faith, patience, purity, self-control, teachability, and courage build upon those foundational character qualities. After establishing these clear character qualities, one can work on developing skills and abilities that allow leaders to lead with godliness and integrity.

Each section has scripture references, stories and examples to define each quality. Once the quality is defined, there are sections for Bible study, scripture memory, guided prayer and practical development exercises.

This is a great resource for an individual to grow as well as a mentoring tool to use with others
 
Clint Walker (Guest)
What do we look for in a potential leader in the church? Do we seek people with skills and abilities that will benefit our congregation? Do we invest power and leadership authority in someone who has financial resources to benefit our institution? Or do we simply seek a warm body to fill a leadership position that it was preordained that our congregation needed to have?

Tom Yeakley argues that biblical leadership begins with godly character. In Growing Kingdom Character Yeakley creates a resource to develop Christian character in potential Christian leaders. Growing Kingdom Character is a thorough, well-thought-out curriculum book that has the potential to be a great support for churches and Christian organizations of all sizes.

Yeakley's discipleship philosophy is based upon a leadership "triangle" (20-21). At the base of that triangle are foundational character qualities (love, integrity, humility, and servanthood). Then the supporting qualities of faith, patience, purity, self-control, teachability, and courage build upon those foundational character qualities. After establishing these clear character qualities, one can work on developing skills and abilities that allow leaders to lead with godliness and integrity.

Each chapter in Growing Kingdom Character has a text, a Bible study, a prayer guide, and some exercises to help each participant in the study build kingdom character into their lives. The text is brief enough for a weekly study. The Bible study is thorough and will take considerable effort for participants to read through. The prayer and exercises are well done, and offer a lot of opportunity for growth and discussion as well.

I found Yeakley's book refreshing. When one looks at the qualifications for leaders in the Pastoral Epistles, most of the job descriptions have to do with character qualities and not leadership skills. Our society tends to value image over substance, and many times churches have followed society's standards. Growing Kingdom Character provides a prophetic challenge in this context.

This book will not be a helpful resource for everyone. It requires a committed individual or small group of potential leaders, led by a quality mentor who embodies the Christian character this fine book teaches about. In that specific context, Growing Kingdom Character has the ability to change lives, churches, organizations, and maybe even the world. – Clint Walker, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
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