Just 3 Questions about Leadership with Ed Stetzer

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Have you ever wondered how someone becomes a great leader? In the Just 3 Questions series, we’ve asked some of today’s top leaders three simple questions about leadership.

Ed Stetzer is the Lead Pastor of Grace Church in Hendersonville, TN and President of LifeWay Research. In this first video, he answers, “Who is the best leader you have ever sat under and why were they so good?”



Ed mentioned that, as a teen, he was challenged to move beyond spiritual mediocrity. This mentor gave him Dietrich Bonhoeffer's book, The Cost of Discipleship. Bonhoeffer isn't usually considered light reading, especially for a teen. But it had a profound impact on Ed's life.

How are you challenging new believers? Would you give a new believer "The Cost of Discipleship"? Why or why not? What other resources do you or could you give new believers?
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What do you think Ed meant by spiritual mediocrity? How can you challenge people to excel spiritually? Is that possible, or important? Why?
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In this next clip, Ed answers the question, “What is the most important thing you do to develop leaders?”


Ed mentioned that raising up new leaders is best done life-on-life. What do you think he meant by that? How intentional are you about sharing our life with one or a few new leaders? If you aren't actively developing someone now, who might you consider?
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In this next video, Ed answers the question, “What is the most important thing you do to develop yourself as a leader?”



Ed mentioned two ways that he try to grow in leadership:

  • 1. by reading
  • 2. by listening to preaching

What's the last book you read about leadership? What did you learn? What book will you read next?
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What preaching from other pastors do you listen to? In today's electronic world, it's easier than ever to go online and download podcasts and listen to them in the car or while you are working out. Who could you listen to this week?
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In this final "bonus" clip, Ed answers the question, “What is the most important thing you do to strengthen your Christian faith on a daily basis?”


Ed said that he's a disciple first, then a pastor. He talked about having your priorities set up with your personal relationship with God first, followed by your relationship with your family, and then your role as a pastor. Most people would agree that Ed's priorities are biblical. Take a moment to consider how you are doing in these three areas. How is your personal relationship with God doing? How can you deepen that relationship?
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How is your relationship with your family? This one is usually really hard. We know we should value our family above our vocation or role in ministry, but that's hard to do. Ministry can be so time-consuming and there's always more to be done. How have you tangibly affirmed the priority of your spouse and your kids this week, month, and past year? How can you grow in this area?
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Ed concluded that his ministry comes from an overflow of his personal relationship with God. What does that look like for you?
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No two people lead exactly the same way, but there are sound leadership principles that can help you become all the leader God has planned you to be. May God grant you wisdom and grace as you lead others in His service.