Busby here. A quick post to stir your thinking.

I’ve finally picked up Henri Nouwen’s In the Name of Jesus. I know I’m probably late to the party but I really appreciate this book already. It’s so countercultural to the Christian Leadership culture.

Without giving too much away (you need to read this!), Nouwen claims that the Christian leader must resist the temptation to be 1) Relevant, 2) Spectacular, and 3) Powerful.

I’m tempted by these 3 things in my ministry post all the time. I also live and minister within an evangelical subculture that tries to train you to be these three things.

I struggle. Any thoughts on this?

2 thoughts on “Christian Leadership”

  1. I haven’t read this book but yes to the three temptations for Christian leaders today. Can I make a controversial suggestion? You could do a lot worse than never going to another Christian leadership conference. There’s only one guy you need to look to for a model and you know who that is.

  2. This is the best book on leadership I have ever read! So often we want to be Jesus (in ministry) when God has called pastors to be more like John the baptist; ones who prepare the way and spend time in solitude….

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