Book Review: Conviction to Lead

convictionR. Albert Mohler, Jr. is a theologian and the president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He earned a Master of Divinity and Ph.D. in Systematic and Historical Theology. He has authored, edited or contributed to a dozen theology books.

The author proudly points out his book is different from the overabundance of the other secular and Christian leadership books that have deluged bookstores over the last 30 years. Mohler outlines 25 principles broken into chapters that will challenge how Christians view leaders and leadership. The author draws from personal, literary, biblical experiences as well as those of iconic world leaders to make his points about leading.

Mohler tells us the Christian leader must have mental reflexes that correspond to biblical truth. The leadership that really matters is all about conviction. The leader is rightly concerned with everything from strategy and vision to team-building, motivation, and delegation, but at the center of the true leader’s heart and mind you will find convictions that drive and determine everything else.

The more Christians learn about biblical leadership, the more effective we will be in our churches, families and ministries. Mohler successfully redefines the debate about leadership. He establishes clearly what Scripture says about leaders and why Christian leadership is important. The theology of leadership is clear throughout the Bible. From Adam to Abraham to David to Paul, Mohler shows us God’s heart towards those he has blessed with hearts to lead.

Anyone who has lead, is leading or hopes to lead should find this book Godly and enriching. Not everyone has been called to lead and few are natural leaders, but Mohler helps us see how to develop and hone leadership skills that can be used to serve God and advance his glory.

About Mike

Mike, 49, grew up in California and spent 38 years of his life there. He received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike worked in the California State Senate for 12 years. He became a Christian at the age of 20. Mike was a Ruling Elder at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church(PCA) for seven years. While at Soaring Oaks, Mike served as the Director of the High School Youth Group, Sunday school teacher, and instructor of evangelism. His cross-cultural missions experience includes five short term trips to Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Peru (Lima and Cusco) through Mission to the World (MTW). He has volunteered with World Relief by teaching and counseling international refugees. Mike has also attended cross-cultural church planting conferences in New York and Orlando and completed the Perspectives course on the World Christian Movement. He attended Bible Study Fellowship for two years. He is a certified instructor through Evangelism Explosion and is a certified trainer of the Darkness to Light child sexual abuse prevention program. He completed MTW‘s Disaster Response Training. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written three books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. Mike received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike was a Ruling Elder, Youth Group Leader, adult Sunday school teacher and evangelism instructor at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church in Elk Grove, CA. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written three books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. From 2007 to 2017 Mike served as a fulltime missionary for MTW. Mike served as Team Leader, Church Planter, and Seminary Professor. Mike and his wife Erin served in Honduras in Central America and Equatorial Guinea in Central Africa. Mike currently serves as the Director of the MTW West Coast Hub where he trains and mentors new missionaries from CA, AZ, & NV. Mike is also busy writing his next book.
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