Thursday, January 26, 2012

How I Read It: The Steward Leader by Scott Rodin

A few thoughts after finishing The Steward Leader by Scott Rodin

Quotable: "Some leaders worry themselves into nameless graves, while here and there some forget themselves into immortality." - Ralph Waldo Emereson, p23
"As if developing a community of men and women more deeply in love with Jesus would prove a bad investment of time for a ministry whose mission is to serve in Jesus' name." p105
"When you can stand in a peaceful relationship to time, neither serving it as a taskmaster nor wasting it as a sluggard, but enjoying it and investing yourself in it freely, you can free your people to accomplish incredible things for the kingdom." p155

What I Liked: The concept of being a "steward leader."  Throughout the book Rodin contrasts steward-leadership with owner-leadership.  It's a great mental picture to keep in mind.  We don't own anything anyway, so in our leading, why do we pretend that we do?  We should steward ourselves, our relationships, our organizations and our resources.  You can pretend that you own them, but that will only lead to frustration.  Steward what God has given you.

What I Didn't Like:  This book was too complicated and wordy for me.  As I said, the overall concept was great, but often times I felt Rodin lengthened and over complicated what he was communicating.  I doubt I'll read this book again.  I'll want to remember some of the principles and concepts in it, but it was a bit too thick for my liking.

2011 Personal Impact Ranking: (because this book was technically on my 2011 reading list.)
  1. Church Planting Movements by David Garrison
  2. One thing You Can't Do in Heaven by Mark Cahill*
  3. The Divine Commodity by Skye Jethani
  4. Fight Clubs by Jonathan Dodson*
  5. Churchill by Paul Johnson
  6. Humility by CJ Mahaney*
  7. How to Design Cool Stuff by John McWade
  8. Why We Love the Church by Kevin DeYoung and Ted Kluck*
  9. The Problem of Pain by CS Lewis
  10. Samson and the Pirate Monks by Nate Larkin*
  11. The Devil's Delusion by David Berlinski
  12. Switch by Chip and Dan Heath
  13. Crazy Love by Francis Chan*
  14. The Steward Leader by Scott Rodin*
  15. It's Better to Build Boys Than Mend Men by S. Truett Cathy*
  16. The Exemplary Husband by Stuart Scott*
*I own these books, let me know if you want to borrow them. I'd love to share.

All due respect to Josh Elliott for my categories in this (and maybe future?) book reviews.

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