Following Jesus and Leading People
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A practical, informative resource book to develop and shape Christian leaders. The book focuses on Jesus as the best example to follow, and incorporates secular leadership theory to inform, encourage and challenge. Relevant for youth leaders, children's workers and all who seek to influence others for Jesus Christ, as well as having important principles for pastors and leaders of organisations. It will challenge leaders to change their focus, follow the example of Jesus, and to not just manage, but to lead the people in their care.
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Ross Farley is an experienced youth worker and is currently employed by aid agency TEAR. He has written this very good book on leadership, which advocates that Christian leadership should be based very firmly in following Jesus. Ross distinguishes between leadership and management, and argues that much of so called leadership in today’s churches is in fact management, which owes more to the secular world than the teaching of Christ. Amongst the distinctions he makes between those two forms are that “Leadership is about change while management is about production” and “Leadership is an influence relationship while management is an authority relationship.” Farley continues that leadership should be “Change-focused”, “People-Centred”, “Value-based” and “Team-empowering” and Jesus should be our example. While the leadership of Jesus is unique in some respects because of who He was, He should still be the model for our leadership. Farley’s book is thought-provoking and challenging, a must for Christian leaders.