I am honored to lead the Resources Division at LifeWay and serve with a team of leaders who are passionate to serve the Church in Her mission of making disciples. Each Wednesday, I share the heart behind one of the resources our team has developed and give an opportunity for you to register to win a free copy of the resource. This week’s resource is Dr. Ronnie Floyd’s new book, Forward: 7 Distinguishing Marks for Future Leaders.
Ronnie Floyd President of the Southern Baptist Convention and is a friend of mine. He has written this message of Forward, directed at young and seasoned leaders, to guide them in how to more effectively lead.
Forward leaders rise to lead people to a better future. They are able to lead people to go further than they would have ever gone on their own. Leaders like this are a rare find.
Forward leaders are missing in action. Where are they today? Where are the forward leaders who can cast a vision for a better future, inspire you to want to go there, and then lead you to experience it? Where are the forward leaders who can lead so big, they do not limit their influence by their own preferences or choices in leadership?
Leaders in the future must rise and lead people forward. They have to lead so high above the fray they will not stoop to littleness in their thinking and conduct. They have to lead so big, they will not settle for just leading a few. They have to lead so deep; they will not be tossed and turned as they ride the tumultuous waters of leadership. Yes, I am calling for a different kind of leader to rise up for the future.
The challenge before leaders today and in the future is that our world is so filled with various “groups” or “tribes” who identify with one another around an idea or cause; they have forgotten they are a part of something bigger.
If we live in the United States, we are a part of America, not just our little nagging group that believes we have no chance for a future. If we are followers of Jesus Christ, we are part of His church, not just a small group of people who may be discussing the latest Christian book or meeting around a social cause.
Forward leaders call people to rise beyond their own preferences and desires to be a part of something greater than themselves. Leaders like this are set apart from other leaders. They realize that if they spend most of their time answering every question someone has, concern expressed, blog post written about them, or complaint verbalized, they will lead backward rather than forward.
Forward is a about a new kind of leader who must rise up to lead in the world of today and in the world of tomorrow. It is a call to heed the seven distinguishing marks that will help you to prepare to lead forward through the new challenges we face today. If you are in a position of leadership, or desire to lead anyone or anything in the future, then this book is for you.
To enter for a chance to win 1 of 10 copies, fill out the form below or click here and enter before 12:01 a.m. CST, Thursday June 11th.