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Leading God's People

A Leadership Journal review

Leading God's People: Wisdom from the Early Church for Today
By Christopher A. Beeley (Eerdmans, 2012)

Leading God's people: it's no easy task. In fact, it's downright difficult—a high calling, no mere job. Pastors and church leaders need all the help they can find. And we have all sorts of resources promising to help us effectively shepherd Christ's flock. We buy books, read newsletters and blogs, and attend conferences—all to sit at the feet of contemporary gurus who have the key to successful church leadership. But how often do we look backward, to our great, great-grandfathers in the faith? Can the early church inform pastoral leadership today?

While there are many books on church leadership and books about the early church, rarely do you find one bridging the two topics.

In Leading God's People: Wisdom from the Early Church for Today, Christopher A. Beeley argues that "one of our greatest resources for effective ministry today comes from the period of the early church." ...

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