Faithful Leaders

and the Things That Matter Most

By Rico Tice, foreword by Alistair Begg
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Explore the things that really matter for a successful ministry.

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“Well done, good and faithful servant." Every ministry leader wants to hear these words when they meet their Lord. But what does successful ministry look like?

There are many books on leadership strategies and church structures, but this one looks at what matters most: the character and attitude of church leaders. It recognizes that the spiritual health of the church leaders in large part determines the spiritual health of the congregation and therefore the success of the ministry.

In this short, punchy, challenging, and at times surprising book, Rico Tice draws on decades of experience in church leadership to call fellow pastors and others with oversight of areas of church ministry to define success biblically, fight their sin, lead themselves, and serve their churches.

A must-read on pastoral leadership for pastors, elders, worship leaders, youth leaders, and anyone else with a leadership role in church ministry.

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  • Introduction
    1. Define Success
    2. Fight Your Sin
    3. Lead Yourself
    4. Serve Your Church

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Contributors Rico Tice, Alistair Begg
ISBN 9781784985806
Format Paperback
First published March 2021
Dimensions 5.1" x 7.8" x 0.3"
Case quantity 112
Language English
Pages 112
Publisher The Good Book Company

J. D. Greear

J.D. Greear is the pastor at The Summit Church

Faithful Leaders focuses on two of the most neglected yet most crucial dimensions of leadership: character and godliness. In the plethora of ‘how to’ books, this book offers a compass—or a lifeline—to active Christians struggling with discouragement and defeat.

Sinclair B Ferguson

Teaching Fellow of Ligonier Ministries; former Senior Minister of First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina

In Faithful Leaders Rico Tice raises his voice to urge us to refocus our ambitions on what matters most. He does so with his characteristic passion for Christ and sobering directness. But he also writes as a humble fellow pilgrim, not as one who has arrived without a struggle. The author comes on his knees to serve us and to urge us to ‘strive … for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord’ (Hebrews 12 v 14). That is a posture worth imitating and a lead worth following.

Carrie Sandom

Associate Minister for Women and Pastoral Care, St John’s Church, Tunbridge Wells, UK

I suspect many of us, not just church leaders, spend too much time chasing after success in the eyes of the world (whatever that might be) instead of pursuing faithfulness in the eyes of the Lord. This book is a helpful and much needed corrective.

Independent reviews

A challenging book to pursue faithfulness

Craig Green, April 6th 2021

The book begins with Tice reminding us that it is easy to get caught up in with the worlds definition of what success looks like. i.e how big your church budget is, publishing deals, congregation size etc. and showing that what success looks like to the world is not necessarily how God defines success. I enjoyed the section on godly character and ‘correctly handling the word of truth’ and not just handling the Word but living it out, stressing that you must lead by example.... continue reading


"No platitudes, just hard-won wisdom."

Bethany Davidson, April 26th 2021

He primarily writes to an audience of fellow pastors, but the core messages apply to anyone in a leadership position, regardless of their background and specific duties. For that matter, the majority of what he writes applies to any Christian, and I especially appreciated his stern and loving warnings against secret sin.... continue reading


A short, helpful book on godly leadership

Andy Cassler, May 9th 2021

Although I’m not a pastor—Rico Tice’s primary audience for his book, Faithful Leaders—I found this quick read to be helpful in thinking about my own spheres of family and personal ministry. The book’s subtitle, “and the things that matter most,” is related to four specific areas.... continue reading

Customer reviews


“Excellent and necessary”

This book has spoken to me in a fresh way. I’ve been a women’s Bible study leader for many years. It’s easy to fall into a kind of routine. I’m so grateful for Brother Rico Tice for this reminder to define success, fight your sin, lead yourself, and serve your church!


“Excellent book written with honesty, integrity and authority”

Excellent book written with honesty and integrity. This book encourages accountability for leaders and prayers for them as they carry this important responsibility of leadership for the flock.


“Should be compulsory reading for leaders”

I have been in lay leadership at different times since becoming a Christian over fifty years ago and commend this book as compulsory reading for anyone in Christian leadership roles. It is honest, biblical, challenging and written with humility and warmth. If anyone things they are being called to leadership this will tell you to check your motives and inform you of the servant heartedness you will require.

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