Leaders That Last: How Covenant Friendships Can Help Pastors Thrive

Baker, 2003
ISBN: 9780801091636


A pastor can’t go at it alone. With the stress that comes with a life of service, leaders can too easily stumble, burn out, or feel the need to leave the ministry altogether. But with the support of others who’ve been there, you can increase your impact on the people you serve and enjoy a more rewarding ministry.

Leaders That Last provides the solution to the problem of going it alone. Submitting to a mentoring relationship, building strong friendships, and being challenged by fellow pastors to stay faithful to the call provide for vital balance while allowing for growth. The proven Pastors in Covenant model described in this book shows how to form small help groups with other trusted colleagues. These teams hold one another personally and professionally accountable and provide a lifeline during troubled times.

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 the importance of having support as a leader
  • Provides answers for leaders having trouble on their own
  • Describes how to build strong relationships


  • Am I Crazy?
  • These Guys Are in Trouble!
  • The Perfect Church
  • On Being Human
  • Modeling Failure
  • Al Saved My Life
  • Friendships for Life
  • How Our Group Works
  • Building Safe Groups
  • Lessons Learned

Praise for the Print Edition

Jesus defined life as relational and it is in relationship with him and others that we find the abundant life he promised. Leaders That Last gives the account of one successful pastor who has actually found the enjoyment of this life in ministry. This book will be a great encouragement.

—Darryl DelHousaye, president, Phoenix Seminary

Dr. Gary Kinnaman combines a humble heart and a remarkable comprehension of other cultures beyond his own. His ministry is a treasure of God that will profoundly enrich the Hispanic community. I recommend him with all my heart.

—Alberto H. Mottesi, evangelist

I love to learn from leaders I trust. In Leaders That Last, Gary Kinnaman has given us the treasures of his life. If we ponder these words and walk in this wisdom, our lives will be rescued from great folly and set on paths of joy.

—John Dawson, president, YWAM International

Pastors in Covenant is serving an essential function in American Christendom. The plague of isolation is picking off pastors weekly, and the covenant group format founded by Gary Kinnaman is the antidote. It is the participation in the ‘one anothers’ of Scripture, the relationships formed, that make ‘leaders’ into real men. There is no short-cut to character apart from relationships. I applaud the Pastors in Covenant model, and I hope it catches fire.

—Ed Barron, vice president for U.S. ministries, Promise Keepers

Product Details

About the Authors

Gary Kinnaman was, for 25 years, the senior pastor of Word of Grace Church near Phoenix. He is a popular conference speaker and has written several books, including the bestseller Angels: Dark and Light.

Alfred Ells is the author of several best-selling books, including One-Way Relationships. He has founded or helped establish various ministries, including Samaritan Counseling Services, LifeGate Residential Treatment Center for Youth, and Remuda Ranch Centers for Anorexia and Bulimia.


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