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In Wisdom in Leadership Craig Hamilton shares what he has learned through many years of being a student of the Bible and theology; a discerning reader of books on leadership; a keen observer of life and the way things work; and a loving leader of the people God has placed around him.
This book is a goldmine of helpful insights for pastors and anyone else with leadership responsibilities in their church. With 78 chapters covering an extensive range of topics, this may well be the only book on church leadership you'll ever need to read.
Wisdom in Leadership lays down foundational principles in the opening chapters, and then provides a comprehensive array of practical applications on a wide variety of topics. It is not necessarily the sort of book you will read from cover to cover but, having read the principles, you will find yourself helpfully dipping into the various practical chapters as you have time and feel the need.
"Reading this book won't make Christian leadership easy. But it will make it easier. The strategies and principles here won't remove all frustration from Christian leadership. But they will make it less frustrating. This book won't solve every problem. But it will help you solve a whole bunch of unnecessary problems that you really don’t need to face."
— Craig Hamilton
Craig Hamilton is a graduate of Moore Theological College, and is responsible for leadership development and strategy at a suburban church in Sydney. In this position he coaches leaders in addition to recruiting, developing, and deploying leaders and helping to set up leadership structures for many different ministries across the church.
"...an extraordinarily practical book that is full of invaluable insight and hard fought common sense."
— Kevin DeYoung
"First, some context. My path to pastoral ministry has been through excellent practical-ministry training via the Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students, followed by a wonderful grounding in theology and biblical studies at Moore College, Sydney. By this route I was gifted a strong, Bible-driven ministry philosophy and a deep basis in Reformed theology—and yet almost no training on how to run a team, lead an organization, handle a conflict, set a vision, or manage a staff. It turns out, being a pastor requires you to be at least competent in all of those areas. Who knew? Enter Craig Hamilton’s "Wisdom in Leadership". Hamilton distills a vast range of wisdom from secular and Christian leadership literature, and places it in a context where it’s intended to serve, rather than undermine, a Bible-driven and Christ-centered ministry approach. If you’ve been neck deep in leadership literature to the neglect of Scripture, this isn’t for you. But if you, like many of us pastors, came into pastoral ministry to share Jesus—and then discovered you also need to actually run things—this is a lifeline of practical goodness."
— Rory Shiner
"I'm reluctant to give commendations for books unless I actually think they are not only true, but also well written, worthwhile reading and a needed contribution. Craig's book is all three."
— Mikey Lynch
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