Give Up the Purple: A Call for Servant Leadership in Hierarchical Cultures

Give Up the Purple: A Call for Servant Leadership in Hierarchical Cultures

by Julyan Lidstone

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It would seem that every culture on earth has a propensity towards controlling and authoritarian leadership – at its very core, the human condition has a desire for control and self-determination. In this book, Julyan Lidstone uses his decades of experience in western and central Asia and, most importantly, the authoritative teaching of the Bible, to shed light on issues of authoritarian leadership in honour-shame cultures. Gifted young leaders are gathering new believers in Jesus all over the world but the prevailing culture of domineering leadership is the single greatest obstacle to the healthy growth and firm establishment of these new churches. Lidstone winsomely and accurately applies the servant leadership modelled by Jesus Christ and the Apostle Paul, as revealed by Scripture, as the cross-centred antidote to the pain, damage and disillusionment caused by leadership that does not reflect the Christlikeness of the kingdom of God.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781783686827
Publisher: Langham Creative Projects
Publication date: 08/31/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 106
File size: 201 KB

About the Author

JULYAN LIDSTONE has led a colourful life of faithful missionary service to Jesus Christ and people groups from across Asia. After becoming a Christian as a student in Manchester he spent four years doing evangelism in India with Operation Mobilisation (OM). Julyan also spent fifteen years church planting in Turkey, has experience of pastoral ministry in the UK, including evangelism amongst asylum seekers from Muslim backgrounds, and has been involved in international leadership in OM for nearly twenty years. He has an MTh in Biblical Interpretation from the University of Aberdeen, UK, and also helped found Operation Mercy following the Gulf War in 1991 and the wave of Kurdish refugees entering Turkey at the time.

Table of Contents



  1. Leadership Problems
  2. Patron Problems
  3. Paul in Corinth
  4. Paul in Philippi
  5. Jesus and Patronage
  6. Jesus and His Disciples
  7. God and Authority
  8. Leadership Redeemed


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