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15 Characteristics of Effective Pastors by Kevin Mannoia and Larry Walkemeyer

April 21, 2010

The most simple way to describe this work is incredibly basic and15 Characteristics of Effective Pastors thoroughly practical. The authors used a research process called a Delphi Panel to determine what the fifteen characteristics they would write about. I think it worked. In my opinion, they came up with a good list. The characteristics they explore are:

  • Grace and Growth
  • Love for God
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Personal Integrity
  • Love for the Church
  • Servant Leader
  • Model of Holiness
  • Prayer Life
  • Holy Spirit Empowerment
  • Inspired Preaching
  • Sure Calling
  • Godly Character
  • Personal Accountability
  • Strong Marriage
  • Visionary Leadership

Each characteristic has a chapter devoted to it. The authors do a good job providing simple, Biblical descriptions and applications for each characteristic. They also drew on the expertise of experienced pastors and church leaders from a variety of Christian traditions. One of the things I most appreciated is the appendices. One gives great insight into what to do with this information. One is a description of the Delphi Process that was used. One was the larger list that the final fifteen items were taken from. And the last is a list of summary descriptions of the fifteen characteristics.

Overall, this was a good book. It was not truly great, but it was good. I would recommend it for pastors, especially those who seem to lack focus or effectiveness.

Are there specific characteristics you think are missing from this list? If you are a pastor or church leader, how do you stack up to the list? Are there things you would add to or take away from the list? Are there items on the list you don’t understand? Let’s discuss it in the comments section.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Regal Books  as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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