Designed to Lead: The Church and Leadership Development by Eric Geiger and Kevin Peck was not what I expected. This book is not just for church leadership but also for the lay person who wants to be a Christian influence in their everyday life. I judge a book by how much I underline and this book is full of golden nuggets. Right from the beginning the authors tell us “God’s people are designed to influence others. . . that the leaders who will ultimately transform communities and change the world come from the Church.” (page 3-4).
I have studied discipleship but the idea that our churches are responsible for raising up community and business leaders who will influence those they serve in the secular world is new to me. Geiger and Peck say, “Because a local church exists to serve her community, to bless the world, and to be a light to the nations, then the leaders developed in each local church are developed for much more than each local church. (page 7)
The book is divided into three parts: Conviction, Culture, and Constructs and ends with the Conclusion. Each chapter unpacks the why and how of each concept, giving practical ways to incorporate the concept into church planning. The Appendix, “Jesus and Discipleship: Selections from the Gospels”, is rich with scripture pointing to how Jesus used this very concept to disciple His followers.
I would highly recommend this book to any Christian seeking to be an influence in both their church and secular community.