Spiritual Influence: The Hidden Power Behind Leadership

SpInfBookPhoto-MedSpiritual Influence: The Hidden Power Behind Leadership by Mel Lawrenz (Zondervan, 2012). Hardcover. 212 Pages. ISBN 978-0310492702

Scot McKnight (Jesus Creed) calls it “a missional view of leadership.” Skye Jethani (Senior Editor, Leadership Journal) says “we need help understanding how to lead effective, transformative change in [all our] callings. For that reason I am incredibly grateful for Spiritual Influence by Mel Lawrenz.” Mark Batterson (Pastor, National Community Church, Washington, D.C.) says “it is exciting to think about believers at every level of society rising to a new call to exercise powerful spiritual influence…. Mel Lawrenz has given us all a new baseline for leadership that is personal, wise, and spiritual.”

“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?

• PDF of Chapter 1

• Press Release

• Quotes Page

Drawing from more than thirty years of experience in ministry and leadership, 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.




eBook versions:  Kindle;   Nook;  CBD

SPECIAL NOTE: For a limited time you can get a free copy of the DVD “Deepening Your Spiritual Influence” after you purchase the book Spiritual Influence from the online retailer or bookstore of your choice. Details here.





From the Foreword: “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

Endorsement: “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, Spiritual Influence, 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.


Review: The High Calling


Mel Lawrenz trains an international network of Christian leaders, ministry pioneers, and thought-leaders. He served as senior pastor of Elmbrook Church in Brookfield, Wisconsin, for ten years, having succeeded Stuart Briscoe, and now serves as Elmbrook’s minister at large. He has a Ph.D. in the history of Christian thought (Marquette University) and is on the adjunct faculty of Trinity International University. He is the author or co-author of thirteen books. More at: thebrooknetwork.org and theinfluenceproject.com

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2 thoughts on “Spiritual Influence: The Hidden Power Behind Leadership

  1. I i am considering “A Time for Dignity” for a study at my church in Sarasota Florid ~ Church of the Palms. Attend Elmbrook over the summer. Is there a study guide?
    Also looking at “Spiritual Influence”. Attended the program Mel presented at Elmbrook two years ago,
    Thanks, Anne Owens