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Dodd, Empowered Church Leadership

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Brian Dodd, Empowered Church Leadership: Ministry in the Spirit According to Paul. InterVarsity Press, 2003.

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LifeandLeadership.com Summary

Dodd does not use “empowerment” in the same sense as much of the current leadership literature, but more in terms of ministry that is done by the power of the Spirit rather than the power of the flesh. He issues a firm call away from success-driven self-reliance on managerial techniques, and toward submission to the Holy Spirit, humility, and intentional missional partnerships with others.

From the Publisher

You’ve seen or heard the promises:

  • Proven leadership strategies.
  • Grow your church by 30 percent.
  • Increase your budget through sound marketing principles.

The lure of success can be seductive, and the adoption of secular standards or methods to achieve it may seem a small but necessary price to pay. Brian J. Dodd, however, holds out a different model for us, the model of the apostle Paul who acted in accord with kingdom principles and was empowered by the Spirit of God. Worldly standards are stood on their head in order that ministry reflect the power and presence of the Lord. Dodd helps you to see the necessity of prayer, followership, partnership, servanthood and willingness to run against the current if you are to lead where God wants you to lead. Here is a book for all who want to put church leadership on an apostolic footing.

About the Author

Brian J. Dodd (Ph.D., University of Sheffield) has served as a pastor, church planter and seminary professor. He has led training in leadership development and evangelism in the U.S., U.K. and in countries of the former Soviet Union. He lives in Florida.


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