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ISBN: 9781783685639
Imprint: Langham Global Library
Format: Paperback
Dimensions (mm): 229 x 152 x 19
Publication Date: 31/03/2019
Pages: 368
Language: English

Missing Voices

Learning to Lead beyond Our Horizons


People are desperate for leaders who are credible – those who possess a moral center and exhibit sound leadership skills. Given our global realities, we need strategic leaders who possess cultural intelligence and theological discernment. The aim of this book is to shape such leaders. Each chapter combines careful research with contributions from leaders around the world. These voices bring much-needed insight to leadership issues when translated and applied in different settings, especially the many urban multi-cultural contexts that exist today. Present and emerging leaders, no matter the culture or field, will find this book invaluable in sustaining their call to godly leadership.

Author Bios

John E. Johnson

JOHN E. JOHNSON is a professor of Pastoral Theology and Leadership at Western Seminary, Portland, Oregon, USA, and blogs regularly at An experienced pastor with over thirty years of ministry, he is devoted to preparing leaders across different cultures, from the USA, to Lebanon, to India. He has a PhD in Systematic Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, Texas, USA, and has also written Under an Open Heaven, Kregel, 2017.


This book is like a deep valley where we can clearly hear and enjoy the sweet echoes of leadership voices coming from both the global south and the global north.

Riad Kassis, PhD
Director, Langham Scholars Ministry,
Langham Partnership

Missing Voices: Learning to Lead beyond Our Horizons should be required for any pastor, teacher, or lay leader who aspires to understand, respond to, and work alongside others in our multi-cultural worldwide Christian family.

Paul Borthwick, DMin
Author and Senior Consultant,
Development Associates International

Beginning by outlining theories of leadership and moving to a variety of global perspectives, Dr Johnson returns to search for a strong cultural and theological basis for how to lead in such a world, with clear success in so doing. This is a study that is long overdue and brings clarity to how to lead in our “flat” world. A must-read for all Christian leaders.

Bud Lindstrand
Instructor in Business Ethics,
University of Northwestern

Combining broad reading of contemporary writing on leadership with keen biblical insight and diverse voices from numerous cultures and regions, John Johnson provides a fresh, readable and profound perspective for leaders who want to navigate the increasing complexity of our twenty-first century, globalized world. Both emerging and experienced leaders from any nation can benefit from this conversation between leadership theory, experienced global practitioners, and Scripture.

David W. Bennett, DMin, PhD
Global Associate Director for Collaboration and Content,
Lausanne Movement

Table of Contents

  1. Foreword
  2. Acknowledgements
  3. Before We Begin: An Introduction
  4. Part I: Becoming a Global Leader for Twenty-First-Century-Ministry
  5. 1 - Get a Grip on Who You Are
  6. 2 - Establish Your Necessity
  7. 3 - Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way
  8. 4 - If You Want to Influence Others, Make Your Character Count
  9. 5 - Sharpen Your Skills if You Want to Be Competent
  10. Part II: Implementing Global Leadership for Twenty-First-Century Ministry
  11. 6 - Do It Together
  12. 7 - Know Why and Where
  13. 8 - Know How and When
  14. Part III: Sustaining Global Leadership for Twenty-First-Century Ministry
  15. 9 - Make a Difference
  16. 10 - Face Your Crucibles and Learn from Them
  17. 11 - Know When It’s Time
  18. Conclusion
  19. Bibliography
  20. Contributing Voices
  21. General Index
  22. Scripture Index


Alex Kulpecz

Luis Palau

Luis Palau leads the Luis Palau Association (, a ministry committed to innovative evangelism throughout the world. He has shared the positive message of the good news gospel with more than an estimated 1 billion people worldwide and has spoken before live audiences in 72 countries to more than 25 million people. Dr. Palau is the author of more than 50 books and booklets in English and Spanish La asociacion de Luis Palau Evangelistic lleva cruzadas y festivales evangelista alrededor del mundo para alcanzar a gente para Cristo. Esta organizacion tiene un sitio del Internet y programa del radio que alcancen a mucha gente.

Grant Porter

Grant Porter serves as the Program Director for Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia for Cornerstone Trust. Originally from Australia, Grant and his wife, Laura, until recently lived and served in Lebanon focusing on mobilization, evangelism, church planting and ministry partnering. They have three children and three grandkids and live in Michigan, USA. Grant earned his PhD from Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, focused on church-planting practices in the Middle East.

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