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ISBN: 9781839730689
Imprint: Langham Global Library
Format: Paperback
Dimensions (mm): 229 x 152 x 8
Publication Date: 30/04/2021
Pages: 154
Language: English

The Five Phases of Leadership

An Overview for Christian Leaders, Revised and Expanded Edition


The Five Phases of Leadership is a book written by a practitioner for practitioners. Organized around five stages of leadership – establishing trust, cultivating leaders, discerning vision, implementing plans and transitioning out – this book offers an overview of the leadership life cycle from a distinctively Christian perspective.

Dr. Justyn Terry draws on over twenty years of leadership experience in seminaries and churches, to offer practical insight into a leader’s role. Rather than focusing primarily on leadership styles or skills, this book demonstrates why those skills matter in context. By focusing on a leader’s overall task, Dr. Terry offers a vision of leadership that draws together its disparate elements into a unified whole.

Author Bios

Justyn Terry

JUSTYN TERRY is the Vice-Principal and Academic Dean at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, UK, where he also teaches systematic theology. He previously served as Principal of Trinity School for Ministry, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, and Vicar (Senior Pastor) of St Helen’s Church, West London, UK. Justyn is married with two daughters, and enjoys travel and playing jazz trumpet and trombone. He has a PhD in Systematic Theology from King’s College, London, UK.


This book is an excellent and essential reference for all Christian leaders. It is not a book that can be read just once, but it is one that needs to be read again and again as it helps leaders to evaluate themselves continuously. I highly recommend this book as a companion for every person in a leadership position.

The Most Rev. Dr. Mouneer Hanna Anis
Archbishop, Episcopal Anglican Diocese of Egypt

I cannot recommend Justyn Terry’s book highly enough for anyone in leadership. In an age which idolizes leadership and leadership books and formulae, this is refreshingly authentic. Terry is an insightful teacher and practitioner, rooted in Scripture and the need for the fruit of the Spirit and Christ-like character formation. Read it!

Rt. Revd. Jill Duff, DPhil
Anglican Bishop of Lancaster, UK

With the skilled hindsight of a seasoned pastor, Terry draws on examples from his own ministry to illuminate the challenges leaders face, and he prayerfully and practically offers guidance which translates well across geographical and denominational divides. This is a book to which readers can return time and time again as they seek to discern God’s vision and leading in their own context.

Rev. Tracey Henry
Presbyterian Church (USA)

Drawing on his leadership experience both in the church and out, Terry has woven into this book biblical values that are core to any biblical leader. The “life cycle of a leader” locus makes it a global resource – an essential and relevant read for all pastors and leaders around the world!

Finny Philip, PhD
Principal, Filadelfia Bible College, Udaipur, India

Entire libraries exist devoted to leadership, yet people who are successful at it can boil it down to a handful of fundamental behaviors. Justyn Terry has masterfully done this. Both a successful scholar and practitioner, Terry has reduced leadership to five essential practices. Modern society, as well as the church, is desperately clamoring for good leadership. This book will help.

Richard Blackaby
President of Blackaby Ministries International

It is so good to be reminded that being called to leadership is a responsibility which we are given only for a season – and that that season, if we are to be faithful stewards, calls for different approaches over its lifespan. Justyn Terry’s book contains much biblical and practical wisdom for how we can start and end well in each responsibility that comes to us, growing and being prepared for the next season.

Paul Harcourt
National Leader, New Wine England

Leadership is complex. Anyone who suggests otherwise has never led anything significant. This practical guide takes us through the process of leading well from arriving to leaving in five overlapping phases. Woven through with personal stories from his leadership in a church and seminary, reflection on biblical themes, and insights from contemporary authors, Terry acts as a wise companion on the journey.

James Lawrence
Leadership Principal, Church Pastoral Aid Society (CPAS)

I am very grateful to have gotten to know Justyn Terry while attending a program at Oxford several years back. One who honours both people and results, Terry has led with integrity of heart and skilful hands. He is a safe leader who is competent, reliable and relational – a very rare combination!

Rachel Ong
CEO, ROHEI Corporation

Justyn Terry’s generous spirit and infectious confidence in God’s power and equipping have led him to produce a book which will inspire faith and hope both in those who are setting out on the journey of leadership and those more experienced practitioners who want to see their own leadership sharpened and refreshed.

Ian Parkinson
Associate Archdeacon, Transition Enabler, Diocese of Sheffield, UK

I can see how profoundly helpful this book will be for many leaders- those just starting out, those in the midst, and those transitioning out. How helpful it is to have this in the span of one book. I will be recommending it wherever I go!

John Valentine
Theologian, Gregory Centre for Church Multiplication