Forward: 7 Distinguishing Marks for Future Leaders by Ronnie W. Floyd is a quick read that gives good food for thought. The premise of the book is that those in church leadership need to be thinking in a “forward” way about developing other leaders.
The idea of making sure our own relationship with Jesus is strong and caring for others’ development is an excellent focus. In particular, the chapter on ongoing teachability was a great reminder that true leaders are learners and learners can be great leaders.
The overarching strength of the book is also the overarching weakness of the book – a lack of specific, practical directives on how to implement the seven marks of a forward leader. The strength is that it causes the aspiring forward leader to ponder how to apply the book’s principles to their own specific setting. The weakness is that the lack of specific guidelines (besides waking up an hour and a half before the sun for over 60 minutes of personal devotional time with Jesus – something not that practical for many people) could leave the reader floundering.
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