Growing Kingdom Character by Tom Yeakley is a Bible study handbook aimed at developing ten character qualities in leaders. The book is divided into two sections of foundational and supporting qualities. Love, integrity, humility, and servanthood make up the first set. The second set is comprised of purity, faith, patience, self control, teachability, and courage.
NavPress is well-known for quality discipleship materials, and this book is no exception. Though I find the distinction between "foundational" and "supporting" qualities a bit arbitrary, I agree that all ten are important for any Christian, leader or not.
The author laments that many times young leaders go into ministry seeking to acquire skills for leadership but lack the essential character qualities that make a good leader great. As a young leader myself, this warning resonated with me and I found the book to be quite the tool for developing character qualities so necessary for ministry.
This book would definitely aid in mentoring or small group discipleship of leaders, especially young leaders. I would recommend this book because, on top of the well-written and thorough chapters, the verse studies, prayer, and practical application points at the end of each chapter would be a great Bible study tool in and of themselves. This is definitely one book young leaders would benefit from, and anyone wanting to grow in those ten areas. The retail price is a steal!
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