Powerful Leaders?

by Marcus Honeysett     |     Book Summary


Author: Marcus Honeysett
Publisher: IVP UK
Date: 17th February 2022
Pages: 176

Book Summary of Union With Christ by Rankin Wilbourne


Recent history in the West has revealed a repeating pattern of abusive leadership in the evangelical church. High profile cases have come to light in which people in positions of authority have used their power in unbiblical, sinful, even abusive ways.

It is possible that a small minority of such leaders set out to gain power and position for their own ends from the outset, however, overwhelmingly more common is the leader who sets out to care for and work toward the growth of God’s people in His church.

So what happens? How does a leader beginning with good beginnings find their desires and intentions becoming so warped that they end up consciously demeaning, diminishing, and even abusing those for whom they are supposed to be caring? More importantly, how can leaders both spot and avoid such temptation?

“This is a book about what happens when Christian leadership goes wrong.” (p. 2) It will explore the leadership spectrum from healthy to unhealthy and the dynamics of how leaders can be tempted to move along it, ending as wolves in shepherd’s clothing. It makes for a sobering but vital reflection for leaders in today’s church.





Powerful Leaders?

by Marcus Honeysett

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Book Summary of Union With Christ by Rankin Wilbourne

Author Marcus Honeysett
Publisher IVP UK
Date 17th February 2022
Pages 176


Overview:

Recent history in the West has revealed a repeating pattern of abusive leadership in the evangelical church. High profile cases have come to light in which people in positions of authority have used their power in unbiblical, sinful, even abusive ways.

It is possible that a small minority of such leaders set out to gain power and position for their own ends from the outset, however, overwhelmingly more common is the leader who sets out to care for and work toward the growth of God’s people in His church.

So what happens? How does a leader beginning with good beginnings find their desires and intentions becoming so warped that they end up consciously demeaning, diminishing, and even abusing those for whom they are supposed to be caring? More importantly, how can leaders both spot and avoid such temptation?

“This is a book about what happens when Christian leadership goes wrong.” (p. 2) It will explore the leadership spectrum from healthy to unhealthy and the dynamics of how leaders can be tempted to move along it, ending as wolves in shepherd’s clothing. It makes for a sobering but vital reflection for leaders in today’s church.