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Ryan Lokkesmoe: Paul and His Team

Chapter 8 speaks about the importance or recognizing and affirming people. It is important for leaders to make people feel appreciated and valued. The author points out that Paul did this in his letters by the ways he referred to his co-workers. He referred to them by such terms as “fellow workers,” “fellow soldiers,” “servants,” “workers in the Lord,” and “sisters.” Such terms speak of relationship, their work, and in some cases, their equality with Paul himself. References such as these can have a very positive impact on the people that they refer to, and on others who hear about them.

The last three chapters, chapters 9 through 11, deal with seeking reconciliation with others who have hurt you (even when it is difficult), persevering in ministry when things are not going well, and realizing that, even as a leader, a person is replaceable. With regard to the last topic not only should leaders recognize that they are replaceable but they should actively prepare others to take their place. Leaders need to invest in the lives of others and help prepare them for leadership. The book closes with a conclusion called “Our Particular Posture.”

Paul and His Team is written in plain language and is thus accessible to a wide readership. It is a great resource for opening our eyes to some of the less visible people and principles in the New Testament. The book shows us the value of relationships and the importance of being connected to others in ministry. I think that this book is a great resource for Christian leaders, perhaps especially for those who labor in local churches.

Reviewed by John Lathrop


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Category: Ministry, Summer 2018

About the Author: John P. Lathrop is a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and is an ordained minister with the International Fellowship of Christian Assemblies. He has written for a number of publications and is the author of four books Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, and Teachers Then and Now (Xulon Press, 2008), The Power and Practice of the Church: God, Discipleship, and Ministry (J. Timothy King, 2010), Answer the Prayer of Jesus: A Call for Biblical Unity (Wipf & Stock, 2011) and Dreams & Visions: Divine Interventions in Human Experience (J. Timothy King, 2012). He also served as co-editor of the book Creative Ways to Build Christian Community (Wipf & Stock, 2013). Amazon Author page. Facebook

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