As many of you know, my good friend Kevin Peck and I have been working on a project over the last few years called Designed to Lead. Kevin and I have been friends for several years. We have spent lots of time talking about the Lord and His Church, our families have vacationed together, and I have seen the fruit of his leadership as he practices what he preaches and intentionally develops others through Austin Stone—where he serves as lead pastor.
We believe the Church is uniquely designed by God to develop and deploy leaders into all spheres of life for God’s glory and the spread of the gospel. Designed to Lead officially launches tomorrow, and we are praying the Lord will use it to encourage and challenge churches and church leaders.
In the book we articulate a framework for leadership development based on three essentials. Churches who consistently develop and deploy leaders have a strong conviction to develop leaders, a healthy culture for leadership development, and helpful constructs to systematically and intentionally build leaders.
Conviction is a God-initiated passion that fuels a leader and a church. Without a deep conviction to develop others, leadership development will not occur. Developing leaders must be a burning passion, a non-negotiable part of the vision of a local church and her leaders, or it will never become a reality. If a leader can imagine ministry without developing leaders, then leadership development is NOT a conviction.
Culture is the shared beliefs and values that drive the behavior of a group of people. When development is in the culture, it is much more than an idea or program; it is part of the very core identity of the church. A healthy culture produces leaders whose lives are centered on Christ. We don’t need leadership development apart from Christ. We don’t need leadership development that forms people who are more skilled and less sanctified.
Constructs help unlock the full potential of a church that seeks to be a center for developing leaders. By the systems they implement, leaders show what they really value. A church that really values developing leaders will utilize constructs to undergird the holy task. Constructs include the systems, processes, and programs developed to help develop leaders. Constructs provide necessary implementation and execution to the vision and passion of culture and conviction.
Kevin and I both understand the trials and tribulations that leadership development in the local church can bring. None of this is easy. Our hope is that Designed to Lead helps you, encourages you, and blesses you.
Register here or in the form below before 11:59pm Wednesday, August 31 to win a copy of Designed to Lead! To celebrate the release of Designed to Lead, we are excited to give away 10 copies of Designed to Lead to those who sign up here. We notify winners on Thursday, so if you are not emailed, you did not win.
In addition, check out DesignedtoLead.com for a variety of resources for leaders at every level. Resources include discussion guide questions, leadership assessments, a digital poster, and much more.
To help you lead effectively, we’re offering the following incentives for those who pre-order Designed to Lead.
- Those who pre-order 1 copy will get to participate in an online Q&A with Kevin Peck and me.
- Those who order 5 copies will receive access to the online Q&A and a resource to help teach the material.
- Finally, we’re offering a special deal for the first 10 ministry teams who order 24 copies (or more): the benefits listed above plus an exclusive coaching session to discuss issues related to Designed to Lead.