I am judging this book based on what it bills itself as: a book on leadership. If there is a strength to the book it's Hybels ability to inspire the reader by his own personal charisma. My suggestion for readers is to approach this book as a leadership memoir.
One of my absolute favorite leadership books ever. "This is not a book on leadership theories, but rather on proven leadership practice." "Whatever the capacity for human suffering, the church has a greater capacity for healing and wholeness." "What flourishing churches have in common is that they are led by people who possess and deploy the spiritual gift of leadership." "Leaders see the big picture and understand how to help others find their place of service within that picture." "The local church is the hope of the world and its future rests primarily in the hands of its leaders." "Leaders should never apologize for the strength of feeling that accompanies their God-given visions. They give to visions." "Leadership development never happens accidentally." "It takes a leader to develop a leader" "The Holy Spirit is, by far, the most valuable data source we have.
It was sort of fun to listen to him talk, as long as I could ignore the fact that the style made it sound a bit patronizing.
The passion in this book and the useful points will be items that I will be working on and wrestling with for a very long time.
Pairing up Courageous leadership with his other book titled Leadership Axioms (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...) would be a great gift for the beloved leader or pastor in your life. Hybels asks of us this profound call to action: "will the men and women who have been entrusted with leadership gifts take their gifts seriously, develop them fully, and deploy them courageously, so that the willing and gifted believers in their churches can work together to make a difference in the world?" (p27). https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...) Western believer and the Church he attends may tend toward being more inward than outward looking; the church exists for itself and efforts to bring forth the gospel of Jesus Christ may not be the primary personal responsibility of every member. Here's a series of excepts from the books that I thoroughly enjoyed or resonated with Hybels pleads with leaders (p27-28): "Romans 12:8 tells those of us who have the gift of leadership that we had better sit up and take notice, we better 'lead with diligence.' Why? But I am absolutely convinced that the church will never reach her full redemptive potential until men and women with the leadership gift step up and lead. They must fire up Christ followers to give their absolute best for God. And they must insist with put bull determination that the gospel be preached, the lost be found, the believers be equipped, the poor be served, the lonely be enfolded into community, and God gets the credit for it all." In chapter two, Hybels suggests that the leader's most potent weapon is VISION (p31): "Proverbs 29:18 says, 'where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained.' They cant focus, cant reach their goal, cant follow their dream. But when a church needs a God-honouring, kingdom-advance, heart-thumping vision, it turns to its leaders. The Singapore church often tries to copy the early Singapore government's model of informing the people about the vision and then telling them to come on board because "thus saith the Lord". Hybels suggests a different method, one that would probably resonate better with the more "westernised" millennial second-generation Christians (p42): Let me suggest a way to bolster a leader's courage and also build consensus before taking a vision public.
By the time I got to the second half though, there started to be a lot more practical application type material, which is what I'm looking for. I would recommend this book to others in leadership - if they can get through the first few chapters, it's probably worth the time!
Bill Hybels is the founding and senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois, a non-denominational church with eight regional locations in the Chicago area. Telecast live from Willow Creeks 7,000-seat South Barrington auditorium each August, more than 400,000 pastors and community leaders attend the Summit at hundreds of locations across North America, and around the world at 675+ sites in 130 countries and 60 different languagesmaking it the largest event of its kind on the planet.