Pastors are often taught the finer points of preaching and counseling and the intricacies of theological thinking, and this is assumed to be enough. Rarely, however, are they taught the principles of leadership. Too few leaders are identified and nurtured in seminary. Alan Nelson makes a case for that need and seeks to fill this gap, for it will help pastors and lay-led ministry teams discover the principles of leadership that are required to bring about a strong future orientation in a congregation, where the leaders must retool…or retire. Nelson explores: (1) why what it takes to be a leader is changing, (2) our philosophy and myths about what leadership should accomplish, and (3) recognizing the time for leadership to take action.