Leadership That Works: Hope and Direction for Church and Parachurch Leaders in Today’s Complex World

Bethany House, 1999
ISBN: 1556619944


Pete Drucker has said that pastoring a large church is one of the three most difficult jobs in America today. Pastors are expected to be biblical scholars, business administrators, counselors, public speakers, fund-raisers, visionaries, plus have a personal life that is consistent with the values of the church. It is little wonder that thousands of church leaders wonder why they ever accepted leadership responsibilities and many quit.

As a nationally recognized authority on church and parachurch leadership, Anderson brings the help and hope that leaders need in today’s complex world. Shedding light on the current challenges of leadership and on mistaken leadership myths goes a long way toward putting difficulties into proper perspective. Defining the changes required and facing the complex issues is a long step in the right direction toward twenty-first century leadership. In a “catalog culture” of multiple options, leading is perplexing and sometimes overwhelming, but Anderson’s counsel is sound and practical.

Perfect for students, pastors, church leaders, and laypeople alike, the Logos edition of this volume is fully searchable and easily accessible. Scripture passages link directly to your favorite Bible translation, and important theological concepts link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of resources in your digital library.

Key Features

  • Discusses current challenges of modern leadership
  • Examines common misconceptions of leadership
  • Presents ideas and analysis on how to become a more effective leader


  • What’s Happening That’s So Different?
  • Why Is Leadership So Hard?
  • Leadership Myths
  • Complexity—Nothing Seems Simple Anymore
  • Busyness—There’s Never Enough Time
  • Options—Living in a Catalog Culture
  • Competition—Like Running a Marathon
  • Expectations—The Rules Are Changing
  • Relationships—It’s Who You Know
  • Stress—The Weight That Holds Us Down
  • Hope—We Need It to Go On
  • Actions—What the Leader Can Do
  • Vision—See the Goal and Show the Way
  • The End—Finishing Well

Praise for the Print Edition

I am a better pastor because of reading and applying the wisdom in this book.

—Roberta Hestenes, senior pastor, Community Presbyterian Church, Danville, CA

. . . an important means for busy leaders to get pointed back to the Source.

Richard J. Mouw, president, Fuller Theological Seminary

This is the book you have been waiting for from America’s wisest pastor!

—Lyle Schaller, founder, The Parish Paper

Steadfast ministry and long-term fruitfulness verify Leith Anderson’s grasp of what works.

Jack W. Hayford, chancellor, The King’s University

This book is a must for everyone in a leadership position.

John C. Maxwell, founder, The INJOY Group

Leith shows clearly how to meet today’s changing culture without compromising biblically.

—Jerry E. White, president emeritus, The Navigators

Here is a smooth, clear guide for the needy leader, a track to run on in the troubled moment, a set of rails into a confident future.

Calvin Miller, emeritus professor of preaching and pastoral ministry, Beeson Divinity School

. . . a leadership book that takes us all the way to the realities that face those of us who lead . . . from a leader who understands.

—Joseph M. Stowell, president, Cornerstone University

Product Details

  • Title: Leadership That Works: Hope and Direction for Church and Parachurch Leaders in Today’s Complex World
  • Author: Leith Anderson
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 1999
  • Pages: 224
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Topic: Leadership

About Leith Anderson

Leith Anderson is a graduate of Denver Seminary (MDiv) and Fuller Theological Seminary (DMin). He has written six books and is known internationally as an author, speaker, and educator, consulting with leaders in denominations across the spectrum of Christendom. He is president of the National Association of Evangelicals and retired pastored of Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.


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