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Leading on Empty: Refilling Your Tank and Renewing Your Passion

Every pastor and leader of a ministry should read this book every year! During a time in my ministry, this book was the tool that God used to keep me from imploding, and helped me refocus my life and work. Since that time I have purchased cases of this book and shared it with as many pastors as possible and will continue to do so. It is a fact that many leaders will become so focused on their work that they neglect their own spiritual, physical and emotional health. This in turn causes foundations to begin to crumble and the structure of life just falls apart. Author Wayne Cordeiro writes in Leading On Empty about these dangers and gives practical and productive means by which one can be restored to health and wholeness as well as protect from future failures.

The review in Kindle states: “Wayne Cordeiro found himself paralyzed by burnout. He had been in ministry for 30 years, and 10 years after founding what is now the largest church in Hawaii, he found himself depleted. Wayne took a season out of his growing ministry to recharge and refocus on the truly important. He was able to get back in touch with his life, get back in proper balance, and re-energize his spirit through Christ in a way that propelled him forward to greater levels of service. Wayne first gave this message at a recent Willow Creek Leadership Summit, where it was the highest-rated presentation by those in attendance. Pulling no punches, Wayne talks about the walls leaders must break through, and how to move on with integrity. Included are ways to care for oneself physically and emotionally as well as spiritually.”

I strongly recommend this book so much so that if any pastor in the Baptist State Convention of Michigan cannot afford a copy, email me and I will be glad to provide one for him.



Tim Patterson is Executive Director/Treasurer of the Baptist State Convention of Michigan. Elected unanimously in May of 2015, Patterson formerly served for 9 years as pastor of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla. He also served as trustee chair and national mobilizer for the North American Mission Board.


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