By Bill Hybels

Zondervan Publishing

Grand Rapids, Michigan

2002 US $19.99

Reviewed by Benjamin C. Maxson, Director, General Conference Stewardship Ministries

In this volume, Bill Hybels unpacks the leadership dynamics he uses to implement his basic vision: The local church is the hope of the world. Only a biblical vision of the church as the living body of Christ can effectively confront the challenges of a world beset by evil. There is much to be learned from this powerful leadership book.

Hybels does an effective job of outlining the basic principles which guide his own leadership. His chapter on vision is especially worthwhile. He considers vision to be the source of a leader’s passion, as well as the leader’s most potent weapon.

The chapter on The Resource Challenge is worth the price of the entire book. Hybels calls the pastor the CRR—the Chief Resource Raiser. This chapter may be the best treatment of the pastor’s role in church finances I have ever read.