A SERVANTS GUIDE FROM A SERVANTS HEART
by Dr. Ron Elmore, Psy.d;
Over the years I have consistently encountered
two types of people in ministry--the prepared and the unprepared.
Those who have been prepared for ministry inevitably are able
to minister effectively as a result of their years of preparation.
But for every one who has been prepared, there's another who's
not been adequately prepared, and is, therefore, far less effective
than they might otherwise have been.
I have always thought that it would be tremendously
useful if a ministry guide existed that would point out the
essential characteristics vital to one’s success in serving;
a simple guidebook offering practical insight and inspiration
for a life of extraordinary service.
Certainly, such a book would be tailor-made for those who sincerely
want to serve but are clueless as to where to start. And, it
would be no less helpful to those who are presently serving
and aiming to sharpen their skill and minister even more effectively.
Many point to the Bible as that resource--and it is! But I’m
sure all will agree that we can greatly benefit from sound teaching
that illuminates the Bible’s profound truths and spurs
us on to act on them.
This was the catalyst for this book. While seasoned
leaders may already know what are the essential personal characteristics
needed for ministry and service, those humbly seeking an opportunity
to serve may not. Thus, there is a great need for such instruction.
Kevin Bond has provided just that.
His concise, empowering book is aptly entitled,
“A Servant's Guide from a Servant's Heart: Ministry from
A to Z." I pray that will not only read it, but also apply
each and every quality he’s so richly detailed here.
ORDER YOURS TODAY!!
Thomas Irvin in Germany wrote:
did read the book and found it to be very uplifting and right
down my alley. It applies not only to the Church ministry but
certainly everyday as I minister to people and with colleagues
in health care in all aspects of life. It was easy to read with
applications that quite appropriate and understandable.. Which
alphabets applied to ME? They all did. Thank you very much!
Lewis in Germany wrote:
let me say thank you for writing such a blessed book. I really
enjoyed reading it and probably appreciated it more because
I was able to sit and listen to your heart in the workshop.
Another fitting title could have been 'A Servants Guide From
the Heart of God." I was listening to Bishop Kenneth Ulmer on
TBN last week with Benny, and one of the things He said is that
"God is calling a generation to walk in His character" and that
" God is calling us back to holiness". Your book is right in
line with that. Derek Prince defines the holiness of God as
"the essence of what God is". In order to understand the essence
of God, we have to understand who God is and what He is like,
especially since He said "be ye holy, for I am Holy". I see
the definition of that in the chapters of your book: God is:
Love, Kindness, Dependability, Gentleness, Patience, Justice,
etc.. I think this book is an outstanding tool to promote excellence
in ministry (in any capacity). May God give you uncommon favor
and open many doors of opportunity to share this word with the
masses. May He plow the ground of the hard hearted that are
deceived into thinking that their gifting is all that's required
and cause this word to be planted. Thanks for being a vessel
in the Master's Hand. As I told you at the Workshop, "We need
more like you". Peace and Prosperity,
Lawrence L. Hancock, Sr. wrote:
don't want to miss this great resource! This is a great tool
for growing believers moving from "church" to advancing the
Kingdom of God! Buy your copy today!
Bonds your book is EXCELLENT!!! Before I began reading aloud
in the worship ambiance, we (me & hubby) prayed that God will
give us the receptive hearts to receive the words of direction
& instruction. I would like for you to know chastening came
along with that as we were discussing the things that we can
do better in & work on. We would just like to THANK U for being
that Servant that the Almighty one used in this time to minister
to our family. We pray many more blessings upon you & your gifts.
Continue to pray for us as we walk upright before our Father
in heaven & become those Servants that He is needing in this
hour. GOD bless you Chief Levite Love your Sister-In-Christ
opening the mailbox this evening to reading the last page as
I walked out of Barnes & Nobles - Thank you! It was a "self
evaluation" that I needed. I thank God for the vision and for
the things that he has birthed from you. Sometimes, I pick up
books and it is soo thick that I wonder if I will gain the insight
I need. The insight needed today; and not after long periods
of intermittent sessions of reading. Your book has transformed
me. It not only forced me to look at my weaknesses, but it also
opened my eyes to things I simply didn't think about. However,
it was well worth it! I just want to say thank you!
Morning, I received my books yesterday…thanks so much. It’s
has already blessing Me…it seems it was written especially for
me. I am a work in progress you Are a great role model and my
prayer for one day to be the Levite that God have me to be.
I can’t wait to order more to give as gifts. Thanks so much
Blessings to you and yours!! Deaconess Pat Hunt wrote:
Dear Elder Bond, Thanks so much for autographing a copy for
me. I heard your interview on the Yolanda Adams Morning Show
on 103.9 FM in Philadelphia and knew that your book was the
tool for us. Our pastor has been teaching the leadership team
about what true Christian leadership really means. I was driving
when I heard the show and then couldn’t remember the details.
I emailed the station and asked that they send me the title
and the author (all I could remember was Bond and Christian
leadership). Praise God that they followed through immediately
and we will have the package before Christmas. The Deaconess
Ministry of Union Baptist Church will be using your book for
our study in 2008. Our music ministry and Pastor will also receive
a copies as gifts. May our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ continue
to bless you and the ministry He has gifted you to do. Your
sister in Christ
just finished reading the entire book cover to cover and must
tell anyone considering picking it up...just do it. This is
not a chest thumping or name-dropping book of self aggrandizement
or chest thumping. If you’re looking for good ol’ church stuff,
this isn’t the book for you. This book is about service—true
leadership and is a good life blue print for use outside of
ministry and in everyday life. Kudos to the Chief Musician for
providing a great, simple step book that gets right to the point
from the first pages. Shalom,
I Love The Book! Last century in the 80's and 90"s I read 2
decision-impacting books specifically addressing leadership,
"Exploring Worship, a practical guide..." and "Jesus CEO ...
for visionary leadership." I mention these 2 books because they
were of the "go back to over and over" variety. I think your
book is a practical guide for visionary leadership in the 21st
century. Because this century the pendulum has swung way over
in ministry leadership so that success equals "super star" status,
we have forgotten that leaders are called to SERVE. Though your
book can be read in one sitting, it Must be re-read many times
until we begin to reflect the characteristics A-Z illuminated
in each chapter. Namelesness - Oh my! I welcome your book into
its place beside my other decision-impacting literature. Both
can help to bring us back to a true place of balance in God's
design. It's a great book, a beautiful read, and a divinely
I praise god for your life. I am deeply grateful to god for
allowing me to receive the fruit of just one of your gifts.
I don't know how long you've been constructing this piece, but
I declare it has definitely convicted, humbled, transformed,
and renewed my commitment to god as a servant. Kevin, I’ve wished
to be under your wings of experience as an apprentice/student
and hopefully work alongside with you, but through this book,
I discovered the heart of a man who is about the business of
god, to empower, & serve the people of his kingdom. well done,
servant well done!! Thanks Kevin, I am committed to serve him!!
through tears that I write this. This book had me crying tears,
of joy because it truly ministered to my spirit. It had me jumping
and dancing for joy because it reaffirmed God's word for me,
and the purpose He has placed in me. I have to thank you for
your obedience to God in writing this book. I thank God that
He blessed His people with a servant named Kevin Bond.