One of the greatest challenges in ministry is figuring out how to equip the saints for the work of ministry. Many pastors are often hesitant to delegate and raise up future leaders, which is the biblical model for church leadership as evidenced by both the ministry of Christ and the ministry of Paul the apostle. In this book Micah Fries and Jeremy Maxfield provide a helpful guide for pastors in this challenging task of equipping other leaders for the work of ministry.
The first six chapters address different ways of approaching ministry that often hinder pastors from raising up other leaders. The authors begin by demonstrating that biblical leadership is all about equipping others and involving them in the work of ministry. The authors proceed to address defective models of ministry and ministry goals that serve as roadblocks for raising up leaders. In the the following four chapters the authors explore biblical examples of leadership in regards to raising up and equipping leaders. The leaders examined are Jesus, Moses, Paul, and Timothy. In the final chapter the authors settles in on the challenge of whether pastors and ministry leaders will engage in maintenance ministry or multiplication through raising up and equipping more leaders.
This is a great resource for all pastors, especially those hesitant to equip and involve others in the ministry of the local church.
Disclosure: I received a review copy of the book from the publisher for the purpose of reviewing it. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.