Al Ells is one of the most effective Christian counselors we have ever known. He has helped some of the most high profile leaders in America weather the storms of conflict, crisis, and betrayal. In his new book The Resilient Leader, Al gives guiding principles to help leaders manage crisis in a way that shapes their future success. Every Christian leader needs to read this. It’s a powerful and much needed book!
Al Ells is one of the most insightful and wisest Christian leaders I know. He is a marriage and family therapist and mental health professional who understands leadership like few others. Sitting under his teaching and mentoring the last twelve years has made me a much better leader and enriched my life significantly. In The Resilient Leader Al provides profound insight and understanding about leadership challenges and issues that plague most pastors. I wish I had this resource when I started my ministry.
Just like Batman needed an Alfred in his life, every ministry leader needs the wisdom that Alfred Ells offers in The Resilient Leader! When my crisis hit a few years ago, Al Ells knew something about me that I didn’t know; I needed resilience. During that tumultuous season, I was so blessed to know Al personally and ask him for wisdom through the darkest time in thirty years of ministry. Not everyone has that kind of personal access. Reading this book will give you the key ingredients that Al taught me about resilience. Now I’m dreaming again personally and professionally and by God’s grace, I’m growing in my resilience.
In a culture that values comfort, convenience and ease, God often uses pain, difficulty and suffering to develop leadership within us. In this book, Al Ells, who is both a seasoned counselor and a pastor to pastors explains how to interpret the many ways God works in our lives to grow us into maturity. The Resilient Leader is a must read for anyone who desires to understand the power of adversity in shaping character.
Al speaks directly to the church in a time of need. Al is scholar-practitioner. He has the life understanding to speak with utmost veracity, but he also has the stripes, so he speaks with Calvary’s compassion. His message is not only a prophetic word, but a redemptive protocol to restore leaders and saints back to health. The Resilient Leader is a must-read for everyone, especially in this season of Christendom.
When I found out Al was writing a book on how to be resilient, I immediately asked for an advance copy. Why? For one, Al is simply put, one of the wisest men I know. Secondly, I need resilience to finish strong. We all do. This book is one of the most practical and inspiring guides to help you do just that.
Al’s wisdom and counsel have deeply impacted my life and work over the past decade of ministry! It’s a privilege to count him as a close friend and wise sage in my life. Al is a skilled surgeon who knows how to get down in the root causes of our pains in leadership. Not just to bring some comfort and encouragement, but he zeroes in with laser focus on the foundations of authentic, spiritual leadership. As I reflected on the pages of his new book and the wisdom and perspective he brings here, I don’t know any veteran of ministry who would not benefit from his practical truths and advice!