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Full Service: Moving from Self-Serve Christianity to Total Servanthood
     

Full Service: Moving from Self-Serve Christianity to Total Servanthood

by Siang-Yang Tan
 

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Although servanthood is often discussed as an important part of leadership, it is also the basic calling of every follower of Jesus Christ. Siang-Yang Tan takes a fresh approach to servanthood, exploring it as loving obedience to God in and of itself, regardless of personal greatness, fulfillment, or success. He lays out the biblical case and practical guidance to

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Although servanthood is often discussed as an important part of leadership, it is also the basic calling of every follower of Jesus Christ. Siang-Yang Tan takes a fresh approach to servanthood, exploring it as loving obedience to God in and of itself, regardless of personal greatness, fulfillment, or success. He lays out the biblical case and practical guidance to help all Christians live out their foundational call of being a servant of God in all areas of life.

Tan's focus on servanthood alone--in contrast to the many books on servant-leadership--will appeal to pastors, church leaders, and all Christians interested in a biblical perspective on servanthood.

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Publishers Weekly
Pastor and psychologist Tan (Coping with Depression) believes that we need to stop thinking so much about servant leadership and focus on servanthood. He says the hope of the church is not necessarily in its leaders but in those who choose to play the role of a servant, willing to tackle any task out of their love for Jesus. He contrasts servanthood with servitude, which is "slavery to other people's demands," and with self-righteous service, which is driven by pride rather than love. He also looks at the suffering, humility and rest that will accompany true service and places servanthood within the contexts of evangelism, work, home and church. Readers may get the sense that Tan is very passionate about this topic with much to teach, but that they have yet to truly hear his voice. Every chapter contains an endless list of references and quotes (i.e., Richard Foster's nine characteristics of true service, Brian McLaren's five strategies for rethinking evangelism, Bill Bright's 10 keys to leadership). These references are excellent, and it is of some value to have them all collected in one place, but at the end of the day this proves to be a difficult read with little value added to the string of quotations. (Mar.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441231857
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/01/2006
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
1,059,751
File size:
532 KB

Meet the Author

Siang-Yang Tan is professor of psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary and senior pastor of First Evangelical Church Glendale in Glendale, California. He serves on the Board and Ministry Team of Renovare, a spiritual renewal ministry founded by Richard Foster, and has written numerous books, including Coping with Depression.
Siang-Yang Tan (PhD, McGill University) is professor of psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary and senior pastor of First Evangelical Church Glendale in California. He is associate editor of the Journal of Psychology and Christianity, contributing editor for the Journal of Psychology and Theology, consulting editor for Edification: Journal for the Society of Christian Psychology, and editorial consultant of the Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care. He has written numerous books, including Lay Counseling, Disciplines of the Holy Spirit, and Coping with Depression.

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