I have always enjoyed books about leadership, peoples gift sets, and children’s ministry. It brings great pleasure that with this book you get all three of those topics wrapped up into one well written book titled Lead the way God made you by Larry Shallenberger.
I found that Larry through his descriptions of each type of person that God has made, did a wonderful job of painting a very clear picture of not only team work and what it consist of, but also helps walk you through a self discovery of how God made you and where He would have you fit. Unfortunately due to the terms that Larry uses to describe each leadership style, I think that it may serve as a double edged sword as well. The terms come from the theater field which for me is a huge plus and very understandable. For some, this may work against the true greatness of this wonderful book and the content in it. I completely feel that if anyone will read this book and work through the terms used to describe the leadership styles in the end they will actually see the true genius of what Larry has accomplished in the direction he chose to write from.
In this realistic look into the many dynamics of children’s ministry leadership and where each of us fit Larry goes on to not just help each of us to find who God has made us to be but Larry also guides us into how to recognize who God made others to be and how we can all fit and work successfully on the team.
I have been a full time children’s pastor for 17+ years and have thoroughly enjoyed reading this book as well as giving it to each of my volunteers over the years since the publishing of the book in 2005. This book has everything from simple language to challenging veterans in children’s ministry by building a plan to make our cast (volunteer team) complete.
What about you? How did God make you? How are you wired for leadership? Do you dream for your team? Do you keep things organized? Post here in the blog how you lead or how your team shares that leadership. And to make it worth your time to comment, I will give away an autographed copy of Larry’s book at the end of the blog tour, from a random drawing of all comments.
This is definateley one of those books that have made and stayed on my top shelf of must read books for children’s ministry. Allow me to help make it one of yours as well. So what are you waiting for, post now.
Be sure to follow the rest of the blog tour:
•June 30th – Joe McGuinness, familygeneration.com
•July 1st – Todd McKeever, toddmckeever.com
•July 2nd – Henry Zonio, elementalcm.com
•July 7th – Wayne Stocks, stocksohio.com
•July 8th – Jonathan Cliff, jonathancliff.com
•July 9th, Wendy Douglas