What can we learn about leadership and influence from Paul?
Most Christians know something of the apostle Paul's life and ministry, but what about the incredible team of influencers he assembled and mobilized? Who were they, and how did Paul lead this team to accomplish God's purposes? Even more, what can we learn from their successes and failures, and how can we imitate their qualities?
These are the questions that inspired Ryan Lokkesmoe, PhD, to write Paul and His Team. Like a church-ministry version of Team of Rivals, it reveals important principles about leadership and influence by showing how this early ministry team:
Whether you are in a position of leadership or are simply a passionate follower of Christ, you are an influencer that God is using to build His church. And while Paul and His Team certainly reveals a lot about Paul's character as a leader, it also highlights both prominent and obscure members of his team to offer a textured portrait of the early church's influence in spreading the gospel.
Let's learn from the men and women God used to build the church, letting them shape our leadership and influence as we continue their work.
Includes group discussion questions at the end of each chapter, making this book ideal for a church-staff or small group study.
We can learn so much from the lives of the earliest Christ followers—a small group of ordinary people who, obedient to God's leading, propelled the spread of faith that now circles the globe. In Paul and His Team, Ryan Lokkesmoe gives us a fascinating look into the hearts and actions of these pioneering believers, yielding valuable insights into how we, too, can be salt and light in a challenging world.
Richard Stearns, President of World Vision U.S. and Author of The Hole in Our Gospel
Build bridges, be voices of reconciliation, seek common ground, stay focused on your mission as Christ's ambassadors: Paul and His Team offers practical advice to advance the gospel, rooted in solid biblical teaching for both pastors and lay leaders. Helpful questions at the end of each chapter make this an excellent group study book.
Lynn Cohick, New Testament department chair at Wheaton College
Ryan takes a powerful yet practical look at not just the apostle Paul, but at Paul's team, as it applies to leading in the church. If you are a leader, the people and team you build are critical to moving the mission of the church forward. In Paul and His Team, Ryan pulls out important insight on church leadership and influence.
Carey Nieuwhof, Founding Pastor, Connexus Church
In a day when we only think about the “super leaders” in the big lights, Lokkesmoe insightfully highlights the whole cast of lesser known men and women who supported Paul's apostolic mission. In the process we learn valuable lessons about leadership, conflict resolution, and true kingdom collaboration. This book quietly turns most leadership books on their heads, demonstrating the real work of God through the lives of ordinary, flawed people who offer their disparate gifts to the Master. I heartily recommend it.
Timothy C. Tennent, President and Professor of World Christianity, Asbury Theological Seminary
Ryan Lokkesmoe explores the real-life implications of how the body of Christ is supposed to work together to fulfill the Great Commission. In a day and age where there is far too much emphasis upon upfront leaders and not enough on the power of a team, Ryan offers a helpful contribution that is both accessible and scholarly. If you are a leader or part of a leadership team, you will find his insights helpful.
Larry Osborne, Author and Pastor of North Coast Church
In Paul and His Team, Ryan Lokkesmoe provides an accessible guide to the leadership example of Paul that will help pastors and lay leaders better steward the responsibility God has given them.
Michael Wear, Author of Reclaiming Hope: Lessons Learned in the Obama White House About the Future of Faith in America
Looking for a new twist on effective leadership? This may be just what you're looking for! In contrast to the “latest and greatest” leadership theories, Ryan Lokkesmoe leads us back to the early church for in-depth perspective on the leadership strategy of the apostle Paul. Highly recommended!
Joe Stowell, President, Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids, MI
I strongly believe that great leadership is a team sport. In Paul and His Team, Ryan masterfully gives us practical leadership applications from his thorough research into the team that supported the apostle Paul's ministry. Every leadership team should study and implement the lessons from this book!
Chris Surratt, Discipleship and Small Group Specialist, LifeWay Christian Resources, and Author of Small Groups for the Rest of Us
Paul and His Team is a practical and accessible book that dives into the leadership principles of first-century ministers, then applies them to life and ministry in the twenty-first century. The way it is organized, from building bridges with nonbelievers and walking them through baby steps, all the way to mature Christian faith and training the next generation of leaders, is especially helpful.
Karl Vaters, Pastor, Author, and Blogger (NewSmallChurch.com)
This outstanding gem of a book is an honest and cutting-edge guide to becoming winsome, gracious, and effective on- and off-stage leaders in our challenging new cultural context. It is a marvelous treasure trove of fresh, biblical, and hard-hitting insights. The apostle Paul urged believers to imitate him and his team, and Ryan Lokkesmoe breaks down for us how to do this in the twenty-first century. I heartily recommend this powerfully relevant book.
Colin R. Nicholl, Director, Biblical Research Ministries, Northern Ireland, and Author of The Great Christ Comet