Saturday, May 28, 2016

Lead Vertically: A Book Review

About The Book:

Dream big. Share the vision. Watch your team rise to the occasion.
When leaders inspire their teams with a vision of what is possible, passion meets production . . . and truly great things happen. 

As director of ministries at Lakewood Church in Houston--the largest and fastest-growing church in America--Craig Johnson oversees thousands of staff members, lay leaders, and volunteers. He knows that meeting short-term goals is important, but he also recognizes that teams grow and grow stronger when they have a big dream to fulfill. After all, people can live with disappointment, but not without hope.

Are you challenging your team (and yourself) to dream? Are you inspiring those who follow you?Lead Vertically shows you how to motivate your team by consistently and clearly communicating that the best days are ahead. You'll learn how to foster personal trust and turn the tide of negativity with tools that are easily adaptable for teams of any size. Plus, you'll find tips and exercises for recruiting, training, and strengthening teams.

It all starts with you . . . because building up--leading vertically--begins in the heart. 

You can read an excerpt of this book here, in PDF format

About The Author:

Craig Johnson has served in full-time ministry for more than two decades. He is currently the director of ministries at Lakewood Church, one of the largest and fastest-growing churches in America, overseeing all pastoral ministries and staff, as well as serving as family ministries pastor. Previously, he served as co-chair for the Los Angeles Billy Graham Children's Crusade and as children's pastor at Faith Community Church in West Covina, California.

My Review:

For as long as I have been going to church (my whole life) I have noticed that volunteers are extremely important to the effective running of many of the programs that exist in a church. Now in order for volunteers to do well, regardless of the area, you need effective leaders to encourage and challenge them. Lead Vertically by Craig Johnson is a wonderful new book that does just this. It is an inspirational read for leaders of all types and in any ministry. It was a very easy read, yet full of challenging tips and inspiring all in one! The book is full of practical ideas for everyone! It reminds us to love on people because that is what Jesus did. The book has loads of scriptural references and great thought provoking questions for personal reflection in each chapter.

This is one book that all church leaders need to read and need to have in their library!

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Lead Vertically at your favorite Christian book retailer from Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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