- In chapter 1 of LBBS I'm struck by the need for a central purpose to leadership, namely Christ. Furthermore leadership is about knowing Christ and relationships. This is a great governing principle to have.
- In chapter 2 they explore how adults learn. Many of us might be suspicious of this material, and I confess it's not where I'd look first. That said, it is very helpful to consider the need to "establish a need to learn" (p24) rather than assuming people want to, they note "information for the sake of information is not necessarily a compelling reason... to learn" (p24). Changed life is key, rooted in bringing out the message of Christ.
- In chapter 3 a great comparison between inductive and deductive learning is given, encouraging us towards induction around three basic questions of observation, interpretation and application. Many styles of doing this are then illustrated though it is noted that method isn't the key. They cite Byer who wrote "our understanding of Scripture will be opened or blocked, more by our obedience than by our study methods" (p102).
Subsequent chapters concern group life and leadership.