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When Leadership and Discipleship Collide (Leadership Library) [Hardcover]

By Bill Hybels (Author)
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Featuring stories from his own life and ministry, Hybels shows how popular leadership "laws" can sometimes contradict the more important and personal prompting of the Holy Spirit. With insights and guidelines that you can apply to your own life right now, this helpful little book is sized to slip easily into your briefcase. 80 pages, hardcover from Willow.

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Studio: Zondervan
Pages   80
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.87" Width: 4.69" Height: 0.46"
Weight:   0.29 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Aug 31, 2007
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
Age  18
Series  Leadership Library  
ISBN  031028306X  
ISBN13  9780310283065  
UPC  025986283063  

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More About Bill Hybels

Bill Hybels Bill Hybels is the founding and senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois, one of the largest and most influential churches in North America. He is the bestselling author of more than twenty books, including Just Walk Across the Room, Too Busy Not to Pray, Becoming a Contagious Christian, Axiom, Holy Discontent, and The Power of a Whisper. Hybels is chair of the board for the Willow Creek Association, a not-for-profit organization that equips and empowers more than 15,000 Christian churches from 90 denominations. Each year, he convenes the Global Leadership Summit (GLS), a two-day, world-class leadership event that trains 190,000 leaders in 105 countries. With almost two million participants to date, the GLS is the largest leadership event in the world.
An exceptional communicator, Hybels speaks around the world on strategic issues related to leadership, personal growth, and building thriving churches. He holds a bachelor s degree in biblical studies and an honorary doctorate of divinity from Trinity College in Deerfield, Illinois. He and his wife, Lynne, have two grown children and two grandsons."

Bill Hybels currently resides in the state of Illinois.

Bill Hybels has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Christian Basics Bible Studies
  2. Interactions Small Group
  3. New Community
  4. Saltshaker Books Saltshaker Books
  5. Today's Teachers of the Bible

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Looking for help on leadership and discipleship? This is a good place to start...  Apr 20, 2009
When Leadership and Discipleship Collide by Bill Hybles focuses on taking the modern "laws of leadership," rethinking this, and acting upon what truly matters when it comes to the decision of discipleship or what we think are the "laws of leadership." Many of these laws are derived from modern business practices and scholarship have infiltrated the church and some have robbed many Christians from the blessings of true godly leadership which thrives on glorifying God and the discipleship of His children. Hybles sets out to show that when "the human laws of leadership and the scriptural demands of discipleship do collide, decide on the side of discipleship every time" (50).

Hybles does a wonderful job of breaking down some of the "leadership laws" and showing that when it comes to Christ, His leadership broke those laws every time. The first law is what Hybles calls, "Building a Team of Highly Qualified Leaders." This is probably one of the most understood and utilized laws for Westerners today. The Western mindset is set on building a strong team and is usually focused on those we conceder to be the best of the best. However, Hybles points out the Jesus does not follow this law in anyway whatsoever. "No, Jesus goes out and instead gathers a rather motley crew of commercial fishermen. The majority of them are untrained, uncouth, and underage. Some have hot tempers, others have questionable business practices, and not one has evangelistic experience" (13). This is not how modern Church leadership practices are followed in many circles today.

The next law is to "Keep Up the Momentum." This is the law that modern leaders understand to be one of the crucial aspect of leadership. When things are hot, keep going along with what is keeping it hot. However, Hybles again points out that when Jesus was gathering great crowds and people from all over were coming to listen, be healed, have evil spirits cast out, and hear His preaching, Jesus just goes away. "Jesus actually withdraws from all the action; he goes off alone to a solitary place to reflect and spend some quality time in prayer" (14). Again, in modern leadership, this would be considered a major mistake and probably a sign of weakness, but this is Jesus and this is what He chooses to do.

Several other laws which Hybles points to are "Propagate Good Press," or when people have something good to say let them, but again in Mark 1:41 Jesus finished healing someone and said to him, "see that you don't tell this to anyone." "Avoid Unnecessary Controversy," is the ever so loved attempt by many to keep everyone happy and trying not to stir up unnecessary controversy at all costs. However, Hybles show an event that took place on the Sabbath when Jesus and his disciples were walking through a grain field and the disciples start to eat some of the grain. This upset the Pharisees and brought about controversy that could have been avoided by choosing a different day to go on a walk. Other laws, which Hybles covers are "Leverage Time and Influence," "Don't Bite the Hand that Feeds You and "Avoid Sensational Exploits."

Each of the leadership laws are, as Hybles points out, things which man has learned over the years and has understood as beneficial to good leadership, but not biblical. They can coexist and, if the Bible is used as first priority, be quite beneficial to the church. Those who have learned to use these laws guided only by the word of God are the leaders in which Christian men and women should look toward and learn all we can. As Hybles said, "I believe that theology and the laws of leadership can synergize beautifully, catalyzing growth at exponential rates in churches, ministries, and business... get near leadership who are more advanced than you are. Keep growing. Keep challenging yourself! Keep getting better!"

One of the greatest lessons in this book is when Hybles says, "In those rare cases when the human laws of leadership and the scriptural demands of discipleship do collide, decide on discipleship every time." This teaching is found throughout the life of Christ and is the direction to where Hybles is trying to take his readers. God's word must take precedence over everything and allowing our lives to be lead by the Holy Spirit, even when others might not agree, must be first and foremost in all things. However, in the ever changing and fast-paced world of ours, this truth of discipleship over leadership is quickly becoming like a lost relic. I believe that our world demands quick decisions based on the overall comforts of the masses and when leaders do practice this counter cultural teaching they can find themselves being cast out like stray dogs. It is truly a pray of mine that more Christian leaders would follow such sound advice.

Overall, I found this to be a wonderful resource and one that I am happy to add into my library. The book is quite small and can be read in one sitting. Hybles does a wonderful job of looking over our modern beliefs of what it takes to be a successful leader and ties the biblical truth in very well. His writing is enjoyable and keeps everything flowing in the right direction. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick read on good Christian leadership principles.
Rethinking Priorities  Dec 2, 2008
Church leaders are often led to believe that keeping the laws of leadership are as sacred as keeping the commandments of Christ. While the laws of leadership most often have no conflict with what Christ would have us do, there are times when they conflict. This book, although short and a quick read, will help the reader rethink their priorities and especially to ask themselves the question, "What if . . .?" Bill Hybels does a great job of relating personal experiences to the subject.
More good stuff from Hybels!  Mar 22, 2008
Hybels is one of my favorite writers/leaders and I am always inspired and challenged when I read his stuff. It's no different after reading "When Leadership and Discipleship Collide."

Even though this book is quite short, it's packed with a very important message that addresses the question: "What do you do when the laws of leadership collide with the teachings of Christ?"

Hybels certainly uplifts the importance of leadership, but in those times where what God calls you to do collides with known/trust leadership laws, Hybels encourages leaders to choose God's way/discipleship every time. Hybels highlights the ministry of the Holy Spirit to help in this endeavor.

Today, I wrote a more in-depth review on my blog (click on my name/profile to find my link).
Concise Insight  Feb 27, 2008
A cute, little 68 page book, it's a single concept, basically a sermon, that you can read in less than an hour.

Hybels begins with a look at the leadership "foibles" of Jesus, the many times Jesus violated specific, clear, and time-tested rules of leadership, slowing the momentum of his own ministry, starting controversies where he didn't need to and such. Then Hybels goes through a list of his own leadership mistakes, some big risks that he took and sometimes paid for.

However, the gist and punch line of the book (page 57 and following) is that when the Holy Spirit tells you to contradict rules of leadership, you should do it. The book announces strongly that you should trust the Bible over your instincts and the Holy Spirit over your training.

My first reaction was that it was too short to make for a legitimate book, but when I think of a number of largely secular business leaders that I know, who have only a loose affiliation with the church, it occurs to me that this might be sufficiently concise and to the point that they might actually give it a try. So in the end, I suspect it will prove a worthwhile tool.

James W. Miller is the author of God Scent: A Devotional

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