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Leadership Tool Kit Leadership Tool Kit
Biblically Based Management Practice for your Church

Bryn Hughes
ISBN 9781842910511 (1842910515)
Kingsway, 2002

Category: Church Leadership & Resources

A few months after being appointed Priest-in-Charge of an Anglican parish near Heathrow for the first time, I attended a conference for new incumbents. I had undertaken the Myers Briggs personality profile when I was a student at London Bible College ten years ago and thought that I knew myself pretty well. But then being the leader, the boss, the person where the buck stops, and the only one around, for the first time, is a completely different kettle of fish. You can either just plough in and keep going, ignoring the fallout all around you, or you can jump in and out (and hopefully not shake it about too much) and take time to reflect on how you are reacting and acting and leading (if you are!).

As Hughes points out in his introduction, few of the Christian training institutions within Europe spend the equivalent of a week, within a three-year course, studying management. And by management I mean people skills.

This book is a great resource to help the busy church leader reflect on what sort of a leader they are and how they are coping and how they are working with people. It is well written and easy to follow. The temptation is to race through it but it is best taken a chapter at a time and chewed on and thoroughly digested before moving onto the next one.

The first section of the book looks at the question "What is a Leader?" and the fact that we lead people leadership by its very nature is corporate.

The majority of the book encourages the reader to examine their own skills and provides various exercises which can be completed to give a greater self-awareness. The effectiveness of these can be enhanced by completing them with colleagues who know you well and are willing to be honest with you! Areas covered include Managing the Temptations of Leadership, Exploring Motives, Delegation, Improving Communication, Coaching, Mentoring and Discipleship.

This is an extremely useful book to which I will be returning regularly as I seek to improve my leadership of this parish.

Sue Groom, May 2004

The Revd Sue Groom is the Director of Deanery Licensed Ministry for the Kensington Episcopal Area of London. Before this she was Vicar of St Matthew's, Yiewsley and also served as the Reader Training Officer for the Willesden Episcopal Area. She is the author of Linguistic Analysis of Biblical Hebrew (Paternoster Press, 2003).

Previously published by London School of Theology. Reused here by kind permission.


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