Leadership as a journey. That's the focus of Robert Creech's book The Leader's Journey. Many books describe elements of church leadership, what it is and how to do it, but very few focus on the process of personal transformation that is central to being able to lead well. With blueprint and the practical tools needed to transform the lives of pastors and congregational lay leaders so that they can become truly effective leaders, this book blends the best of sound psychological research, solid Biblical principals, and proven congregational expertise.
And in this post, take a look inside the writing journey of one of the authors, Robert Creech.
Why is reading important to you, and how do you find or make time to read books and blogs?
I have been a reader since I was four years old. Some of my best memories as a child include hiding under the covers with a flashlight reading when I was supposed to be in bed asleep or making trips to the public library once a week in the summer to exchange one stack of books for another. Reading has shaped my understanding of the world, grown my vocabulary, and helped me learn to communicate. Reading has filled my head and my heart, enriching my own preaching and writing.
I keep several books in process at any one time. A stash resides on my desk at the office, under the coffee table in my living room, beside my bed, and in my briefcase. I seldom go anywhere without a book, “just in case.” I do little “reading” on my computer or my iPhone, although I do manage some study with electronic tools.
What books are you currently reading that you would recommend to our readers?
During Lent I have been reading several old books about the cross – C. H. Dodd’s The Apostolic Preaching, Martin Hengel’s Crucifixion and Son of God, and Jurgen Moltmann’s The Crucified God. I recently read Rob Bell’s Love Wins so I could have an informed opinion. I’m looking forward to engaging Eugene Peterson’s new memoir this summer.
How do you make time to write books or blog?
I just do it. I’m trying to learn to do more writing in short periods of time, although I tend to do better with several hours at my disposal. I have come to recognize that such blocks of time are rare, however. It is not a chore to write. I enjoy it terribly.
What is the “big idea” of your book in a Leadership Network book series?
My contribution to that series has been The Leader’s Journey. The big idea there is that anyone thinking about leading change had better be a changing person himself or herself. Leading transformation requires one to be a transforming person.
If leaders only had time right now to read one chapter of your book, which one would your recommend… and why?
I’d have to recommend chapter two, “Following Jesus on the Journey,” because that lays out the pattern for what transformation is ultimately about – following Jesus.
How is your leadership journey going? Would love to hear your thoughts via the comments section.
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