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Gospel Centered Leadership

Becoming the servant God wants you to be

Gospel Centered Leadership

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Helps us think through what shape, colour, and texture the gospel gives to leadership.


Our world is awash with leadership trainers and gurus, claiming to show how people can do their job better.

But Christians only have one role model for leadership in practice – the Lord Jesus Christ.

And the leadership he calls us to is radically different to the kind of leadership the world looks to. It is humble and servant hearted.

Use this book to grow into the servant-hearted leader that God wants you to be.

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In this no-nonsense guide to leadership, Steve takes us through the biblical data and helps us assess ourselves and those we are seeking to train. Written in a study format this would be a great book for your leadership teams or training groups.
- Adrian Reynolds, Director of Ministry, Proclamation Trust

Steve Timmis reminds me how God forms everyday people into leaders for church ministry. In Gospel-Centered Leadership he takes me to the intersection where theology meets practice. Along the way he counsels me about how leadership works. More importantly, he helps me understand how God works in me as one of his leaders.
- Tommy Kiedis, Senior Pastor, Spanish River Church, and popular blogger on Leadership

Table of contents

  • 1. God Rules
  • 2. Examples and Models
  • 3. Learning from THE Leader
  • 4. Character
  • 5. Aptitude
  • 6. Wisdom
  • 7. Service:
  • 8. Authority
  • 9. Style
  • 10. Leadership
  • 11. Decisions, Decisions
  • 12. When it all Goes Pear-shaped
  • 13. Letting His People Grow
  • 14. Where Have all the Good Men Gone

Additional Information

Author Steve Timmis
ISBN 9781908317834
Format Paperback
Dimensions 158mm x 224mm
Pages 128
Publisher The Good Book Company

Customer Reviews

Challenging yet realistic

(Review written for 'Gospel Centred Leadership')

 I found this book to be a really Biblical diagnostic of my expectations and motivations in church leadership. The call to step up in godly leadership is reassuringly balanced by the reminder that it is Christ who ultimately leads his people and we, his under-shepherds, are sheep too! 

| Review by | 30/01/2014

Clear and Helpful

 This is one of the clearest and most helpful books on leadership I’ve read for a while. As part of the ‘Gospel centred’ series it reflects on how the gospel might shape our understanding and practice of Christian leadership. It is in three sections:
• The principles underlying Christian leadership.
• The distinctives of Christian leadership.
• The practicalities of Christian leadership.
Each chapter follows a simple pattern with a principle, a story to consider, suggested biblical background reading, Steve’s thoughts on the topic, questions for reflection and ideas for action. There is so much wisdom, good common sense and provocative content. He constantly undermines assumptions about leaders and leadership that should be undermined – for example, the idea that leaders are up-front pioneer types, suggesting that many quiet folk can get on with the job of leadership very well and we ought to be encouraging them.

The chapter on spirit-inspired consensus and why this is a gospel-type way of coming to decisions is superb; and the one on idealism brings a healthy dose of reality. It won’t surprise you to know that I disagree with his position on women as overall leaders, but it would be a pity not to read the book because of his position on this issue.

This would make a great year-long study, not simply to read, but to work out in practice through the year. 

| Review by | 21/01/2013

Helpful, Practical and Provocative

 Steve writes in a way that is clear, engaging and thoroughly biblical. I enjoyed this book because it was clear and easy to read. It was very practical in its outworking and with the questions it makes you consider how you apply what is being said.
The bar for biblical leadership is high and we ned to give real attention to it as we seek to build and plant churches in the days ahead. The stakes are high and we are jealous for Jesus's bride and so I would highly recommend this book as a resource for any leader or leadership team. 

| Review by | 05/12/2012


 I'm glad to have this resource. I am currently working through it with about four other guys that are small group leaders. Love all in the "Gospel Centered" series as well! 

| Review by | 14/08/2012

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