Called To Lead: Living and Leading For Jesus in the Work Place
by Bill Pence
Published on May 12, 2023

Called To Lead

Living and Leading For Jesus in the Work Place

By Bill Pence

In Called to Lead, Living and Leading For Jesus in the Work Place, a workplace and church leader takes you on his faith and work journey, sharing what he’s learned from people he has worked with along the way and gleanings from other authors. Having the author mentor you, means you can learn from his lifetime of leadership, whether you’re at the beginning of your career, at the end, or anywhere in between. While the book will primarily appeal to Christians in both the general marketplace and the church, there will be helpful takeaways for everyone.

God honors all work – whether it is performed in the workplace, government, education, sports, the home, etc. – not just the work that is done within a church or ministry setting. You will discover your calling and learn how to integrate your faith and work. He’ll go over essential character traits needed to be a good team member and to reflect Christ well. In your calling as a leader, you’ll learn about servant leadership and how to become a leader others want to follow. The author provides helpful applications of living and leading for Jesus in the workplace – including holding effective meetings, dealing with conflict, goal setting, leading large teams, dealing with challenges in leadership, learning from failure, caring for others, mentoring and developing future leaders and much more. The book also looks at a few characters from the Bible to see what lessons we can learn from them about leadership.

If you’re nearing the end of your career, Part Three – Finishing Well is a good guide. Do you want to know what it means to finish well in your callings? What does retirement look like for the Christian? What will your legacy be?

Part Four includes suggestions for church leaders on how they can help those under their care see that God values their work and callings. The author also gives good ideas for developing leaders inside and outside of the church, as well as practical advice on effective planning in the church, and why your church should establish a personnel structure.

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“I’ve never seen anyone tend to their flock more than Bill, and that flock includes everyone he comes in contact with. I had the privilege of working with Bill, and on a daily basis saw him demonstrate through his words and his actions what servant leadership is all about. In his book, Bill offers practical ideas and poses introspective questions for discerning your calling, living your work as a ministry, and leading with a servant heart. He weaves his own personal story with scripture and numerous how-to’s. Bill quotes, “Your job is a sanctuary where you are called to worship your Creator with your best work.” I was blessed to witness that first-hand, he has inspired me to do the same, and I’m certain he will you too.”

Julie Anderson, MBA

Illinois Wesleyan University

“I came to know Bill Pence a few years ago through his blog, Coram Deo. He consistently maintains a quality blog that addresses how to look at contemporary culture in such areas as work, music, and movies through a biblical Christian worldview. In our interactions, he has proven to be a humble man of integrity, a dedicated leader, a solid Bible teacher, a faithful husband of 40 years, and a good friend. Bill has a passion for the gospel of Jesus Christ, leader development, and living a joyful Christian life. For four decades, Bill seamlessly used his spiritual gift of leadership while serving in various church ministries and also at work. He has a keen understanding of the value of all work done as unto the Lord and finding your calling. I am excited to see how God will use this book to train men and women who are committed to leading like Jesus led, in humility, holiness, and love.”

Russ Gehrlein, Master Sergeant, U.S. Army (Retired)

Author of Immanuel Labor – God’s Presence in our Profession:

A Biblical, Theological, and Practical Approach to the Doctrine of Work

Called to Lead is a uniquely valuable resource. Drawing from almost forty years of experience, Bill Pence sets out a compelling vision of why and how to do work as a Christian leader. Bill lays a clear biblical foundation for work before building upon it with proven principles and practices pulled from today’s top leadership minds. This book is biblical, practical, encouraging, and a great discipleship tool with its short chapters and discussion questions. Pick up Called to Lead to hear how one faithful leader fulfills his calling to work before the face of God. You’ll be glad you did.”

Kevin Halloran, Christian writer and missionary to Latin America with

Leadership Resources International

“There are so many books on leadership out there, it’s hard to know where to start. Why not start with the guy who has read them all, processed them, and lived them out for years with joyful intensity under the watchful eye of his Savior? Bill Pence’s Called to Lead is part autobiography, part bibliography, and part practical theology on the reflective glory of leadership and work. It’s a wonderful jump into the mind of a man who loves God, loves the church, and loves to see the people around him thrive in their callings, especially in the calling to lead. Having served alongside Bill for almost 11 years as one of my elders in my church, I gained much from his wisdom, encouragement, humility, and passion, and my hope is that in reading this book, you’ll experience an inkling of the same.”

Rev. David Keithley, Pastor of Hanna City Presbyterian Church, Hanna City, Illinois

“In this book, Bill shares his belief that “God values our work and callings, as long as we are doing work that is pleasing to Him.”  The book contains many helpful takeaways, learning resources to dig deeper and explore on your own, and end-of-chapter questions for personal reflection or small-group study.  Bill also shares a six-week course he developed and implemented in his own church.  Finally, Bill provides his contact information, should you wish to discuss faith, work, and leadership.”

Greston Miller, CPCU, CLU, FLMI, AIM

Retired Leadership Trainer and Coordinator at a Fortune 50 company

Licensed Secondary Education Teacher

“I rejoice to read sound words on how to integrate a Christian leader’s faith and work from such a faithful elder, who has immersed himself in the contemporary and historical writings of Reformed theologians and the essence of the Gospel. Bill Pence’s own integrated leadership in this area has spread by his mentoring of other leaders in the workplace and the “pews,” his Coram Deo blog, and his service in his local church. God has made Bill a rich resource to recover what was lost in the divide between faith and work.”

Dr. Robert Davis Smart, Senior Pastor of Christ Church (PCA), Normal, Illinois

Author of many books including Waging War in an Age of Doubt

“Bill has taken his lifelong observations and filtered them through his deep, abiding faith and his commitment to Servant Leadership. Reflecting upon his insights as you read, this book will deepen your faith and grow within you a love of Christian, Servant Leadership.”

Mel West, retired State Farm Insurance Manager and 2nd career United Methodist Pastor

Amazon Reviews:

5.0 out of 5 stars A Refreshing Read with Practical Guidance

Kellie G.

Bill Pence does an outstanding job of reinforcing the value and importance of integrating our faith with our work while also providing concrete, practical ways for us to do so. I’m especially grateful for the way the author consistently tied scripture to his beliefs, findings, and recommendations. He also quoted numerous authors to provide added support and emphasis to his already solid, proven recommendations. The helpful questions at the end of each chapter are thought-provoking. They definitely cause one to think more deeply about what was just read and how to bring it home. Bill does a terrific job of guiding readers to better understand and define their unique calling. In addition, his suggestions and guidance for leaders are second to none. As someone nearing retirement, I was very thankful for the chapter focusing on Retirement and the Christian. It was not only enlightening but also refreshing. Bill Pence’s educational, career, and church-related background provide him with an excellent repertoire of experiences to help us weave our faith into every aspect of our lives. Many thanks, Bill, for a most outstanding book!

5.0 out of 5 stars Christian book on leadership

Misty Lee

I think this is an amazing book on leadership. The author is my brother-in-law, who has been a wonderful husband to my sister for 40 years. Due to health troubles I have, reading is very difficult for me, but this book was relatively easy for me to get through. What particularly stood out to me in the book is Bill’s description of his personality, the introvert, shyness, etc. We very much share the same personality qualities. Some of the other emotional-type topics in the book were how compassion and empathy should be shared by leaders and those they lead. Also listening skills. Anyone, particularly leaders, should learn about hearing and not listening. I am so glad for Bill for writing such a wonderful book. It is great for many types of people to learn from.

5.0 out of 5 stars A Book of Encouragement for Christian Living in the Workplace


Written from the heart, and based on a foundation of Scripture and thoughtful commentary by other writers, “Called to Lead” offers encouragement to Christians who feel guilty because their day job is in the so-called “secular world.” The author points out that for the Christian, all work is “full-time Christian service.” He challenges and coaches believers to achieve God’s plan for their lives in the workplace. I especially appreciate Chapter 9, “Challenges in Leadership,” and Chapter 13, “Why the Church Should be Developing Leaders for the General Marketplace & How to Do It.”

5.0 out of 5 stars How Does Your Calling Align With Carrying Out God’s Will?

Greston Miller

In Called to Lead, the author shares great insight into our calling and integrating our faith and work and how it carries forward for the rest of our lives. Martin Luther King, Jr. said it best when he said, “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.” This book provides many leadership take-a-ways, but in particular, those which apply to being a servant leader. The book provides many leadership lessons from the Bible, as well as the author’s leadership journey in Corporate America, and paves the way for church leaders to lead the way by lifting up others to build up and serve the heavenly kingdom. I found the book to contain so many helpful resources to equip me in continuing my faith journey and enabling me to teach and care for all those I encounter in my earthly pilgrimage. If you have yet to find your calling, I’d recommend this book as a great place to begin. The book provides lots of application for both Christians and non-Christians alike.

5.0 out of 5 stars Not Just Another Leadership Book

J Bauder

This book contains so many “nuggets” of information that it’s hard to identify what I liked best about it. As stated in the headline, this is not just another book on leadership – or for that matter, Christian living. It is, however, a compilation of personal stories, leadership resources, and examples where God has used ordinary people to fulfill his purposes in various roles and stages of life. Whether you are a pastor, plumber or parent, the principles shared will encourage and motivate you to “Corem Deo – Live one’s entire life in the presence of God, before the face of God, under the authority of God, and to the glory of God.”

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Bill Pence is a St. Louis Cardinals fan, formerly a manager at a Fortune 50 organization, and in leadership at his local church. He is a life-long learner and his passion is to help people develop, and to use their strengths to their fullest potential. His favorite book hold his favorite verses, Colossians 3:23 and 2 Corinthians 5:21. Other favorite books are The Holiness of God, and Chosen by God by R.C. Sproul, and Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper. Bill enjoys music in a variety of genres, including modern hymns, Christian hip-hop and classic rock. Bill is married to his best friend Tammy, a graduate of Covenant Seminary. Both have written a book. Bill’s book is, Called to Lead: Living and Leading for Jesus in the work place. Tammy’s book is,  Study, Savor and Share Scripture: Becoming What We Behold are available in paperback and Kindle editions on Amazon.





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