Empowered Church Leadership: Ministry in the Spirit According to Paul, By Brian J. Dodd
Empowered Church Leadership
  • Length: 191 pages
  • Published: July 29, 2003
  • Imprint: IVP
  • Item Code: 2392
  • ISBN: 9780830823925

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You've seen or heard the promises:

  • Proven leadership strategies.
  • Grow your church by 30 percent.
  • Increase your budget through sound marketing principles.

The lure of success can be seductive, and the adoption of secular standards or methods to achieve it may seem a small but necessary price to pay.

Brian J. Dodd, however, holds out a different model for us, the model of the apostle Paul who acted in accord with kingdom principles and was empowered by the Spirit of God. Worldly standards are stood on their head in order that ministry reflect the power and presence of the Lord. Dodd helps you to see the necessity of prayer, followership, partnership, servanthood and willingness to run against the current if you are to lead where God wants you to lead.

Here is a book for all who want to put church leadership on an apostolic footing.

"I pick up few books that get to the heart of a matter so clearly and reflect God's heart so passionately. Brian Dodd offers a clarion call to forsake worldly definitions of leadership that drive Christianity toward impotence and irrelevance in our day and to join God on the road less traveled, where the transforming presence of his Spirit will craft you into a useful vessel fit to serve among his people. You'll be surprised where it leads, and you'll never regret the journey."

Wayne Jacobsen, author of He Loves Me and Authentic Relationships


1. Spirit-Empowered Leadership
2. Followership and Self-Surrender
3. Pay the Price, Carry the Cross
4. God's Power in Cracked Pots
5. The Power of Personal Example
6. The Power of Partners
7. Through Prayer
8. The Race to the Bottom
9. The Leadership We Need Is Apostolic
Appendix: Hearing God's Direction for Your Ministry


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Brian J. Dodd

Brian J. Dodd (PhD, University of Sheffield) has served as a pastor, church planter, and seminary professor. He has led training in leadership development and evangelism in the U.S., U.K., and in countries of the former Soviet Union. He lives in Florida.