Book Review: “Mistakes Leaders Make”, Dave Kraft, Crossway 2012 (117pp)

9781433532498-ukI picked this book up last year simply because I liked the title (and knew I would find much of my ministry history to date written up in it). I found much to encourage and reflect upon. Dave Kraft has put forty years of ministry experience into showing those who work in local churches the problems they face. Those problems aren’t primarily in workload or any external pressures: they are the issues of the heart. Among those Dave explores are the temptations to replace Jesus with ministry, avoiding conflict for the sake of false peace, the pitfalls of pride, and poison of endlessly comparing ourselves with others.

The book moves through ten dangers as they surface in the lives of the staff members of an imaginary Californian church. Though fictional, Dave says that these lives and situations are a composite of many he’s known through the years. Most British readers will easily replace the large staff team in the book for Elders, Deacons, and other ministry workers. What they will notice is that the pressure-points explored are all too true.

Dave left me in no doubt that my biggest problem in the church I pastor is me. He helped me see many of my sins and weaknesses more clearly, and gently warned me where those sins would take me, if left undealt with. This is a really helpful book. I read it in a little more than an hour, but it deserves careful and prayerful rereading. I’m getting copies for my Eldership and we’ll read and discuss it together, and I’ll also suggest it to my Deacons and Apprentices. Recommended.

Lewis Allen

Pastor, Hope Church Huddersfield, Director of Gospel Yorkshire, husband, father of five, football follower and dreaming fly-fisherman, Daily Reading the Bible Together blogger.

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