Published on June 21, 2019 by Joshua R Monroe

P&R Publishing, 2019 | 632 pages

A Brief Book Notice from Books at a Glance


In The Peter Principle, Dr. Laurence J. Peter argued that competent employees are promoted until they reach positions where they are incompetent. Any wise leader, then, can learn from Saint Peter, a man who knew his own incompetence, trusted in Christ, and met his deficiencies through the insights of God’s Word.

In this comprehensive handbook, Peter Lillback, president of Westminster Theological Seminary, uses the apostle Peter’s life and writings to guide men and women through the details and daily challenges of leadership in any arena. Readers will think through their relationships, productivity, management style, communication, decision-making, conflict resolution, integrity, and more. Practical spiritual exercises help to put the lessons of each short chapter into action.

All thoughtful leaders can admit experiences of ongoing incompetence—dilemmas & decisions that make them question how they became leaders in the 1st 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.

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.


About the Author

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.



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

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

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

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

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

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

Rosemary Jensen, Founder and President, Rafiki Foundation:

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

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

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.

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

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.

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Saint Peter's Principles: Leadership for Those Who Already Know Their Incompetence

P&R Publishing, 2019 | 632 pages

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