How to Influence People FOR GOOD

a serious exploration of the topic of spiritual leadership today


Today we’d like to invite you to a learning experience aimed at helping you have an enduring and deep influence in your work, your family, and your church.

This is simple. We’d love to have you join in a serious exploration of the topic of spiritual leadership today. To join in you just need to do two things:

STEP 1: Get the newly released Zondervan paperback Spiritual Leadership Today: Having Deep Influence in Every Walk of Life* HERE or at the online source of your choice, or local bookstore, or the Kindle version. Proceeds go to helping Christian leaders in needy parts of the world. (This is a revised version, in paperback, of the previous title, Spiritual Influence.)

STEP 2: Sign up HERE for the FREE ONLINE SEMINAR which accompanies the book. You’ll then get links for the four parts of this seminar, and ways for your to ask your questions and make your comments.

I think you’ll find guidance and encouragement here, whether your needs are character development, finding good ideas, dealing with criticism and failure, knowing how to persevere, working with others, evaluating opportunities, or a host of other issues.

Thank you for considering diving into this.

Mel Lawrenz

P.S. If you are in a leadership group at work or in your church, this is a study you can engage in together. We will email you the tools you need, including a group discussion guide and a personal assessment survey when you sign up for the free online seminar.

P.P.S. Do the 2 steps this week, and receive a coupon for a free copy of I Want to Believe: Finding Your Way in an Age of Many Faiths, a look at Christian faith in comparison with other religions, and answers to atheism.




Almost 50 years ago, J. Oswald Sanders wrote the classic book, Spiritual Leadership. But what does spiritual leadership look like in the 21st century? What does it look like TODAY?

“If you are in a position of positive influence, if you exercise leadership in any way, your faith in God gives you a power—a hidden power—that will allow you to make an enduring difference in the lives of other people and organizations. But how does that power work?”

So says Mel Lawrenz in this fresh look at leadership which offers practical and biblical guidance to believers who want to have a deep influence and who want to know: What is the proper use of authority and power? Where do good ideas come from? How can we deal with failure? What does God expect of us?

Drawing from more than thirty years of experience in pastoral ministry, Lawrenz writes for Christians in any position of influence. This book provides a new baseline for 21st century Christian leadership, addressing issues such as:

  • building integrity
  • seizing opportunities
  • exploring new horizons
  • speaking into crises
  • receiving power
  • accepting authority
  • promoting truth
  • managing expectations
  • dealing with criticism

Using real-life examples, key Scripture passages, and history, Lawrenz shows that when believers align their responsibility to lead with the teaching of Jesus and the work of God’s Spirit, their spiritual influence will have integrity and enduring effectiveness.


“This is a missional view of leadership” Scot McKnight (Jesus Creed)

“Lawrenz gives us hope that the leadership pendulum which has swung from ‘over- spiritualized’ to ‘de-spiritualized’ in recent generations may have finally come to rest where it always belonged—upon Jesus Christ.” – Skye Jethani, Senior Editor, Leadership Journal, from the Foreword

“It is exciting to think about believers at every level of society rising to a new call to exercise powerful spiritual influence. In his newest book Mel Lawrenz has given us all a new baseline for leadership that is personal, wise, and spiritual. It spans the generations and reaches across cultures. Just think what will happen if believers in positions of influence tie into the wisdom and the power that comes from God in order to bring restoration in our broken world!” – Mark Batterson, Lead Pastor, National Community Church in Washington, D.C.



* This is a revised version, in paperback, of the previous title, Spiritual Influence.

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