Using the mental picture of a shepherd caring for his sheep, Kent Humphreys likens the shepherd to a pastor and the congregation to sheep, into which a few horses (strong business leaders) have been let loose. It is hard to understand these horses, who are just as capable of causing chaos with their strength and of standing quietly off in a corner of the pasture by themselves. How is a pastor to understand and equip these potentially powerful creatures to be part of the “flock” and then to go out into their workplace to minister and influence it for God? The answer to that question is the focus of this book. Taking the example of how Jesus handled His “horses”, a simple plan is offered that can build bridges between pastors and workplace leaders, impacting both the church and the community.
About Kent Humpreys: Kent Humphreys was a business leader for over forty years. From 2002 through 2007, he served as President of the Fellowship of Companies for Christ International and in recent years as a worldwide ambassador for FCCI.
Kent spent much of his time ministering to business leaders, pastors, and students across the country through speaking, writing, and mentoring. He spoke in seminaries across the United States and Canada and at numerous international conferences.
Kent passed away suddenly January 30th, 2013, and is fondly remembered as a leader and friend of Western Seminary, having served on our board and as an advisor to President Randy Roberts.
In every church there are a few leaders that can be compared more to horses, rather than sheep. These are "Leaders in the Workplace," not necessarily leaders in your church. Pastors have a dual responsibility of leading their sheep and training their horses.
WHAT ARE GOD'S PURPOSES FOR US?
There are four primary ways that leaders grow spiritually. Jesus modeled each of those four activities for the twelve. Successful leaders learn how to grow in these ways spiritually, and as a leader, as a professional, and how to support the transformation of their community.
NATURALLY PROCLAIMING CHRIST IN THE WORKPLACE
There are five questions that every believer must answer as they take their faith to their workplace.
OVERCOMING OBSTACLES IN WORKPLACE MINISTRY
As we take our faith outside the walls of the church to our workplace, we must change our thinking patterns. These false assumptions, wrong focus, unreasonable expectations, and these prohibit us from being effective for Him.
WHAT DID JESUS DO?
There are five specific activities that Jesus did in His ministry. We need to pattern our ministry after His example as we go into the workplace and our communities
DIFFERENT STYLES FOR TRAINING LEADERS
There are twelve different styles or ways that we can assist others spiritually. The better that we know how God has gifted us and what different activities are needed for various situations the more effective that we will be as we teach and train others.
Over the years walls have been erected between pastors and leaders in the workplace. God has called you to be a “bridge builder” by first tearing down those walls and building bridges between church leaders and leaders from the marketplace, so that together they might reach their communities for Christ.
WALKING THROUGH OPEN DOORS
We look at the four steps of walking thru open doors as we share Christ in our workplace or community. We examine the seven open doors of crises and the steps to take in order to be able to graciously communicate the Gospel of Christ.
BUILDING RELATINONSHIPS AS A LEADER
Every good leader in the workplace has three key character qualities and every poor leader exhibits three characteristics. A leader looks for certain character qualities in their followers. Effective leaders build trust through relationships.
What does it mean to finish well spiritually? What are six specific tools that we need to have in our lives as we seek to be leaders that finish well? We will look at specific Biblical examples of those who finished well.