The Leadership Baton
-- An Intentional Strategy for Developing Leaders in Your Church
by Rowland Forman, Jeff Jones and Bruce Miller
Also Available in Spanish
Many churches are experiencing a leadership vacuum, resulting in an overworked staff. The Leadership Baton provides a solution, a comprehensive approach to help churches facilitate the emergence of a leadership development “culture” within their church.
Now in Paperback!
Based on leadership development initiatives that have been time-tested in various local church settings, this book includes practical implementation strategies, inventories and assessments that will help you design a development pathway for the people in your church.
Part One – Vision – The Power of Church-Based Training
Part Two – Process – A Whole-Life Approach to Development
Part Three – Implementation – Moving from Strategy to Action
PRAISE FOR THE LEADERSHIP BATON
No vision for leadership development proves to be more holistic and effective than church based training. While many have seen the need for anchoring the training of future church leaders in the church, no one I know has been as dedicated to finding a workable model as this capable team of Forman, Jones, and Miller. This is not a theory that might work but one that has worked in the various churches these men have led. The church worldwide will be stronger as a result of applying the principles of The Leadership Baton.
--- Randy Frazee, Author of The Connecting Church and Making Room for Life
What a thrill to read this book, It has been written by men who have served alongside me-and each other-in developing what we believe is a biblical and practical strategy for developing leaders in the local church. What they write is not just theory; they are practitioners. Though at various stages along the way I have been their mentor all three authors have served as key leaders in my own life.
--- Gene Getz, Pastor Emeritus, Fellowship Bible Church North, Plano, Texas
Three "church-wise" practitioners place the emphasis for leadership development precisely where it belongs-on the local church'. A highly practical, biblically sound approach to what we must be about-the training of church leaders.
--- Aubrey Malphurs, Author of Being Leaders and Church Next
The Leadership Baton is a manual on developing godly church leaders written by three men who are committed to the spiritual health of the local church. Forman, Jones, and Miller are not "armchair" leaders. Their lives intersect with church life at every turn. This book reflects their passion to help every church leader impact followers by using biblical principles.
--- Elizabeth Inrig, National Director of Women's Ministries, Evangelical Free Church of America
In one volume the authors have identified and responded to a myriad of leadership training issues. The result is a highly practical and comprehensive blueprint for leadership development in the local church. Inspirational and challenging reading.
--- Brian Keane, Senior Pastor, Edwardstown Baptist Church, Adelaide, South Australia
In recent decades we've witnessed the rediscovery of church-based evangelism, community, and spirituality. Now thanks to resources like The Leadership Baton, church-based leadership development is no longer an idle dream-it is becoming an emerging reality.
--- Bill Donahue, Author of Leading Life-Changing Small Groups
The Leadership Baton pioneers the much-needed integration of character development, academic studies, and grassroots experience in the formation of leaders for our churches. This is a very practical, helpful book, authored by people who have effectively worked out in their own experience everything they've written about.
--- Jim Petersen, Author of Living Proof and a Church Without Walls
After interacting with the authors for over a decade, I know firsthand their praiseworthy passion, portable principles, and persistent practice related to developing leadership in the local church. Apply the teaching of this book, and you will ensure the maturing of your local church and the expansion of Christ's kingdom on earth throughout the next generation.
--- Leroy R. Armstrong, Jr., Senior Pastor, St. John Missionary Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas
This new movement known as church-based training promises to return Christian ministry to biblical patterns of leadership development. The Leadership Baton shows how to develop leaders within the church for ministry in the twenty-first century.
--- Kerby Anderson, President, Probe Ministries
Leadership is always the issue in any organization. The Leadership Baton describes a coherent, sustainable strategy for success in this critical area.
--- Bob Buford, Founding Chairman of Leadership Network
Now in Paperback!