“Jesus CEO” – Worth Reading

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Years ago, I was assigned to a ministry leadership role in my church. Taking the assignment very seriously, I was in instant search of resources written by Christian leaders to help me shape and form my leadership style.

An Equitable Leader

I wanted those who labored with me in ministry to feel empowered, free and comfortable in their choice to serve.

As a result of my search, I found books by corporate author Raymond Burby. Although he didn’t write from a Christian perspective, he actually taught me the value of being a peripheral leader. I wanted to lead from a stance of shared leadership vs dictatorial leadership where people are simply told what to do.

Many people are not comfortable with this method of leading because it was (and is) in direct contrast to the traditional leadership approach. Through the years, I’ve learned that only people who feel empowered and  have strong personal identities thrive with peripheral leadership styles.  People with limited ability or who are insecure seem to prefer to be directly told what to do and micro-managed.

I also read books on team-building. Did you know it can take existing groups up to nine months to bond with a new leader?  I guess it’s like a processes of learning the leading and the leader learning the needs of the team.

A Wise Leader?

A wise leader is tentative and cultivates relationships to allow the group to organically form into a high-functioning unit. Again, it takes an efficacious group of people to operate in such a style. Let’s face it, some groups are higher maintenance and require a great deal of hand-holding. If you are leading such a group (or if even if you’re not) you will be blessed by Laurie Beth Jones’ book, Jesus CEO.

Laurie Beth Jones is a well-known author in the areas of Christian leadership development. I was thrilled when I happened upon her book.

Written from the Christian perspective, it is an easy read and intellectual savvy. It gives a fresh perspective on Jesus and how he interacted with the people he led.

Jones does a stellar job of assessing, examining and communicating His leadership methodology in an easy-to-relate to format. She also discusses how he managed groups, temperaments and how he took care of himself.

This is a book every Christian leader should read. To see this book and other titles by Laurie Beth Jones, click here

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3 Comments

  1. Hey Teri,

    Chris had found corporate leadership books to be very useful in church leadership. He’s now working on his D-Min in Congregational Leadership and part of it involves some courses at the Kellogg School of Business. So, I think this is a really important topic. You are so right about relationship building! You have to invest in your people!

  2. So has my husband. His library is incredibly vast. He just loves knowledge.

    I’m so glad to hear that Chris’ school is cutting-edge. He’ll find those tools useful.
    I bet you’ve found youth development research useful in ministry and life.

    Knowledege is power! (I sound like an afterschool special) LOL

  3. I have this book! my husband picked it up a few years ago and loved it, and I have yet to read it, but now it is on my MUST read list to read SOON, very soon, as I am working on some leadership things that this knowledge will come in handy….thanks Teri!

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