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Saint Peter's Principles

Leadership for Those Who Already Know Their Incompetence

Direct Price: $39.99 $30.00
Format: Hardcover, eBook
Pages: 632
ISBN: 9781596381933
Publication Date 05/01/19

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All thoughtful leaders can admit experiences of ongoing incompetence—dilemmas, decisions, and even debacles that make them question how they became leaders in the first place.

When we look at St. Peter, however, we see a great leader who engaged with his weaknesses and knew his shortcomings. By following his example, we become better leaders in any arena. 

Seminary president Peter Lillback’s profound treatment of more than 100 principles drawn from St. Peter helps you to think through your

  • management style
  • communication
  • decision-making
  • and more

Practical spiritual exercises put the lessons of each short chapter into action—bringing joy to our hearts, guidance to our lives, and help to our service.


“This is a rich, wonderfully instructive and helpful compendium of wisdom on all aspects of leadership.”

—Alistair Begg, Senior Pastor, Parkside Church, Bainbridge, Ohio 

“I have never read a book on leadership quite like this one. . . . A treasure-house of wisdom to be digested slowly.”

—D. A. Carson, Emeritus Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School 

“Indispensable, practical, historical. . . . So well organized that a potential leader in crisis can turn straight to the section that solves that particular leadership dilemma, get the answer, and head into the next meeting.”

Louie Gohmert, Member, US House of Representatives, Texas’s First Congressional District 

“This is a remarkable book, filled with practical, biblical wisdom. . . . Highly recommended.”

—Wayne Grudem, Distinguished Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies, Phoenix Seminary 

“Once in a while a book emerges that is so profoundly insightful, it must go to the top of the stack. . . . Dr. Peter Lillback nails the measure of a successful life marked by leadership.”

—Hugh Jacks, Owner, Potential Enterprises 

“Dr. Lillback’s knowledge of Scripture . . . is nothing but amazing.”

—Rosemary Jensen, Founder and President, Rafiki Foundation 

“One of the very best, most relevant books on leadership available today.”

—Charles McGowan, President, McGowan Search, Inc. 

“An astonishing book. . . . that every Christian leader should read.”

—Richard L. Pratt Jr., President, Third Millennium Ministries 

“Thoroughly realistic, yet principled, this work now sets the standard for grasping and executing full-orbed leadership.”

—Jeffery J. Ventrella, Senior Counsel and Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs & Training, Alliance Defending Freedom 

“This is the book that I have long been looking for! Dr. Lillback presents us with a clear, biblical view of leadership and combines this with a multitude of wonderfully practical advice and insights.”

—Herman J. Selderhuis, President, Theological University, Apeldoorn 

“Dr. Lillback’s stories are personal and poignant, his lists provocative and practical, and his applications powerful and preparing. . . . I will come back to this book time and again.”

—Loren Reno, Lt Gen (USAF, retired) 

“Many Christians in leadership are paralyzed from time to time by ‘impostor syndrome,’ the feeling that they are, unbeknownst to those around them, really incompetent. In this book, Peter Lillback shows us that the true ‘impostors’ are the ones who think they are, in fact, competent for the task before them. Lillback is known for his mentorship and equipping of the next generation. This book will enable you to participate in such wise guidance.”

—Russell Moore, President, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention


The Authors

Peter A. Lillback

Peter A. Lillback

Peter A. Lillback is president and professor of historical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He has served in pastoral ministry for over thirty years as well as authored books and numerous articles in the fields of the Reformation and the post-Reformation era.

Arie C. Leder

Arie C. Leder

Arie C. Leder is Martin J. Wyngaarden Senior Professor in Old Testament Studies at Calvin Theological Seminary. He has also been both a pastor and missionary; his passion is to show how the Old Testament informs Reformed theology. He is married with four children and continues to be active in mission, outreach, and Bible study among Hispanics.