|About the Book|
Sitting with a gifted leader in his early 30s I asked some directquestions about his call to Christ and ministry, reflected withhim about his gifts and some areas where he needed to showstronger leadership. It was important to encourage him – itMoreSitting with a gifted leader in his early 30s I asked some directquestions about his call to Christ and ministry, reflected withhim about his gifts and some areas where he needed to showstronger leadership. It was important to encourage him – italways is – and try to answer honestly some of his questions.After about twenty minutes he said, ‘Why has this neverhappened before? I know a number of senior leaders butnone of them has ever spoken to me like this.’ This is a truestory. I could repeat it with varying details many times over.The implications of this both delight and horrify me. TheBible says that there are many who would be teachers, butnot many who are prepared to be fathers. Oh for more fathers– men with potent and passionate spirituality that can givebirth to equally productive sons.If an apprentice leader is to reach his potential, effectivelyand efficiently, then some craftsmen must first invest theirtime, love and skill into the young man’s development. It isgood to give people an opportunity in ministry, but muchbetter to make disciples. It is good to be able to recognizegifting, but much better to help shape it. It is good to‘succeed’ in your own ministry, but much better to bevulnerable, available to mentor, empower and help the nextgeneration to climb higher, run faster, see further andachieve more. Genesis 48:16 tells us that when Israel blessedJoseph he said,‘May the God . . . who has been my shepherd all my life tothis day, the Angel who has delivered me from all harm –may he bless these boys . . . may they increase greatly uponthe earth.’So be it, Lord.In this much-needed and very practical book, Andrew Foxpresents the challenges and opportunities, pitfalls andpotential of serving a senior leader, and explains how growingin this fertile environment will prepare you for a stronghealthy leadership. It is my prayer that the excellent work hehas done, assisted by one of my own spiritual sons, TimPettingale, and presented in the following pages, will helpboth the apprentice and the craftsman in their journey ofadvancing the greatest Father and Son business in theuniverse. The world needs well prepared, properly fatheredleaders. I am hopeful that this book will be a stimulus tomany on their journey.