Though a wealth of good material is available on the leadership qualities of courage, charisma, discipline, vision, and decisiveness, few books for church leaders include anything about love. This is a major oversight since the New Testament is clear that love is indispensable to service. In the absence of love, Christian leadership counts for nothing (1 Corinthians 13:1-3).
In Alexander Strauch's recent book, he powerfully portrays love as the one leadership quality no church leader can afford to do without. "When leaders and teachers discover what the Bible says about love," he writes, "it dramatically improves their relationship skills, effectiveness in ministry, and ability to resolve conflict and division. Leading with love is indispensable to producing spiritually healthy churches, reaching others for Christ, and pleasing God. It all hinges on love."
This book is written for leaders and teachers at every level of leadership within the local church. Whether you are a Sunday school teacher, youth worker, men's or women's ministry leader, Bible study teacher, small group leader, administrator, music director, elder, deacon, pastor, or missionary, love is essential to you and your ministry.
Recommended as "new and noteworthy" in the "Toolkit: Spiritual Formation Ideas" column.
—Christianity Today's Leadership magazine, Winter 2007
This message is urgently needed by all of us. You may have many talents and spiritual gifts, but without the love that this book speaks about, you don't really have much at all.
—George Verwer, Founder, Operation Mobilization
An excellent meditation on 1 Cor. 13 and Christian leadership.
—Thabiti Anyabwile, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman
This book was incredibly practical and very clear. As a pastor I was inspired to love my flock better and lead with love... This was honestly one of the best books I have ever read and it has just become required reading for all leaders at our church.
—David Anderson, Pastor, Calvary Baptist Church (SBC), Englewood, CO
Leading with Love demonstrates that love is indispensable for effective spiritual leadership. I hope this insightful study will receive the enthusiastic response it deserves and that it will be widely read.
—Dr. Vernon Grounds, Chancellor, Denver Seminary
Do not read this book if you want to avoid the convicting work of the Holy Spirit! It is a powerful and practical exposition of the doctrine of love for those who shepherd the people of God.
—Dr. David J. MacLeod, Dean for Biblical Studies, Emmaus Bible College