Pastor Eric Geiger on His New Book ‘Designed to Lead: The Church and Leadership Development’

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Ed Stetzer: Recently, I invited my friend Eric Geiger, Senior Pastor of Mariners Church in Irvine, CA, to join our Wheaton College Every Nation Graduate Cohort to talk about both leadership in the church and his book, Designed to Lead, co-authored with Kevin Peck. Our interview is below.


Ed: Could you give us a brief overview of the book?

Eric: There’s one chart in the book that’s my go-to chart that I use if I’m ever asked to speak about leadership in a non-Christian environment. It’s from Dave Ulrich and all the research he did about the common characteristics among leaders in the book The Leadership Code.

It’s a chart later in the book where there’s a circle in the middle, and it’s four different domains, and he says all leaders have to be a strategist, executor, talent manager, and then human capital developer. The…

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