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Character of a Leader
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Calling and Character: Virtues of the Ordained Life
by Will Willimon
One of the reasons there has been so much moral failure in the church in recent years is that people do not connect their character to their job. Willimon goes beyond pointing out the problem to offering pastors practical advice on how to live the godly life they have been called to. (Abingdon, 2000; ISBN 0687090334)

Who You Are When No One's Looking
by Bill Hybels
Doing the right thing is easy when we're "on," but what do we do when no one else will know? Has righteousness taken such a hold in our life that we are the same in public and private? Explore this area in relation to courage, discipline, vision, endurance, and love. (InterVarsity, 1989; ISBN 0877849455)

Character Counts
by Os Guinness
The biography of four men who displayed great character despite adversity; George Washington, William Wilberforce, Abraham Lincoln, and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. These men can inspire us to live with great integrity. (Baker, 1999; ISBN 0801058244)

Renovation of the Heart: Putting on the Character of Christ
by Dallas Willard
We don't have to look far to find examples of moral failures among church leaders. We deal with character struggles ourselves and sometimes wonder if we will ever move past them. Willard explains how this will only happen if we are renovated from the inside out. (NavPress, 2002; ISBN 1576832961)

Integrity: The Courage to Meet the Demands of Reality
by Henry Cloud
A different take on character; Dr. Cloud explains how a lack of character can keep us from becoming all we should be. Focusing on six traits that define people with integrity, this book will challenge any leader to live an upright life. (Zondervan/HarperCollins, 2007; ISBN 0060849681)

Topics:Authenticity, Calling, Character, Empowerment, Leadership, Mentoring
Filters:Church board, Discipleship, Mentoring, Pastor, Pastoral care, Shepherd
References:1 Corinthians 10:12-13, 1 Timothy 3, Titus 1:5-9

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