Christian leaders face challenges. But God works with us and through us to accomplish his purposes. Available here for the first time in English is John Stott’s practical wisdom for younger leaders. Speaking personally from his own experience, Stott addresses issues of discouragement, self-discipline, relationships and youth. Also included are reflections on John Stott’s ministry from two of his former study assistants, Mark Labberton and Corey Widmer, plus excerpts of Stott’s writing about ministry, leadership and service.
“One problem is discouragement, or how to persevere under pressure” (Page 11)
“You may know these chapters well enough to know that in chapter 3 Paul unfolds the glory of the Christian ministry, but in chapter 4 he unfolds the problems of the Christian ministry. This is his argument: because of the glory of the ministry and in spite of its problems, ouk enkakoumen. We refuse to become discouraged.” (Page 15)
“Let me sum up what we’ve tried to learn together. The veil over people’s minds is very thick. Our body is very frail. But it is not beyond the power of God either to penetrate the veil or to sustain the body, so ouk enkakoumen. We do not lose heart, and that is perfectly clear even against these pressures.” (Pages 25–26)
“Third, listening is productive, especially if we are listening to people with whom we disagree” (Page 57)
“that God often deliberately keeps us in weakness in order that his power may rest upon us” (Page 24)