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The Making of a Christian Leader: How to Develop Management and Human Relations Skills


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Ted Engstrom does a great job explaining the basics of leadership and supervision while adding a Christian perspective. The text makes a logical progression through essential leadership, beginning with an Old Testament perspective moving through the New Testament and secular leadership theory.

The book does not subscribe to one leadership theory but addresses leadership as a whole. Each chapter is filled with so many practical applications of good leadership that, at times may cause the leadership student to feel overwhelmed.

The book contains an excellent chapter that covers the price Christian leaders must pay to be effective. While the section does have a sense of depression, due to the sheer volume of sacrifices leaders must make, it ends on a positive note directing the aspiring leader to exercise faith in God to accomplish the tasks.

Overall, this book was an easy read that, at times, felt overwhelming due to the sheer volume of tasks and actions leaders must take. The text was full of introductory-level leadership information, which at times delved into the intermediate range.



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Book details: ISBN – 978-0310242215; reading pages – 2018; publisher – Zondervan; published – 1976

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