8 Quotes From “Promotion”

PromotionPromotion by Rick Renner is a book to help both ministry and for-profit business organizations make better personnel decisions. You can read my full book review by clicking here. The following are a few quotes I highlighted.

“When choosing people for promotion, it’s important to understand that nothing is more important to God in the life of a leader then his heart. The heart takes first place over gifts, talents, education, and everything else.” 

“A person who is satisfied with little will never achieve much. On the other hand, a person who has a desire for excellence will never be satisfied with a low level performance in his or her life.”

“Any person who does just the required minimum should never be considered for leadership. … So be very careful not to over-spiritualize the selection process when choosing leaders. Don’t ignore telltale signs in a candidates natural life that alert you to a lack of desire.” 

“It’s normal for people to occasionally misunderstand. But when staff members misunderstand their leader’s instructions 99% of the time, something is wrong with the way that leader is communicating with those under his authority. His followers cannot be wrong all the time.”

“You should not look for a candidate free of problems, but for one who knows how to turn to God and manage life’s challenges according to Scripture.”

“Never forget that when you’re a leader, the most important pulpit you’ll ever possess is the testimony of your own personal life.”

“You’re never going to find a perfect person. … So never forget to let mercy triumphs over judgment. But if your peace is disturbed because of things you see occurring in a potential leader’s life, don’t ignore what is bothering you. Pay attention to what your spirit is telling you. Perhaps he or she is the right leader, but it isn’t the right time yet. It’s better to be slow and sure then to move forward without the inner conviction that you’re on the right track.”

“You may have a more visible position than others do during this earthly life, but your value to God for eternity is no different than anyone else in His Body.”

Promotion (book review)

PromotionFinding the right person to promote in your organization can be one of the most crucial decisions a leader has to make. It’s hard enough when the organization is a profit-driven one, but the stakes get elevated when a faith-based ministry is considering the eternal ramifications of its success. A book chock-full of helpful advice for making the right personnel decisions is Promotion by Rick Renner.

Rick is a successful pastor and ministry leader. He shares through his personal examples—both successful and not so successful—the principles he has learned. He is quick to point out that these principles are not because some people are more valuable than others, but because some people are ready for more responsibility and others are not. His list of promotion principles will help you, regardless of the type of organization you lead.

I found the scriptural principles Rick shared to be right on target, though I thought he tried to put too fine of a point on a few of them. In other words, some of his ideals are so high that hardly anyone may quality for promotion. I also found some of his personal stories to be a bit too much personal back-patting for my taste. Despite those two personal observations, I still found the material helpful.

A big thanks to my brother-in-love for putting this book in my hands.

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