Where Jesus Leads: Helping Christian Communities to Follow

Where Jesus Leads: Helping Christian Communities to Follow

by Jim Gettel


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What is the difference between a thriving church and one that’s static—or even crumbling? The right kind of leadership structure and vision can make all the difference. And the right type of structure and vision doesn’t start with the leaders themselves, but with Jesus Christ and his kingdom.

Christian leaders must continually follow Jesus and learn to lead alongside him. In Where Jesus Leads, Jim Gettel draws on Scripture to prepare readers to truly follow Jesus, build communities, make and strengthen disciples, and serve others in this exciting post-Christendom, post-Modern, emergent time. He starts by reviewing basic kingdom truths, giving leaders a solid theological foundation upon which to grow. Then he gives practical tips on how best to love and disciple people within the Christian community, as well as the greater communities. Finally, he equips leaders to nurture and guide other leaders, just as the earliest disciples did.

Where Jesus Leads weaves Scripture and kingdom vision into every section, so readers don’t lose sight of the big picture. But practical needs also remain at the forefront, through insights and tools for conflict resolution, organization, and ministry evaluation.

Each chapter includes questions for personal reflection and group discussion. These pave the way for essential conversations about gospel-based objectives and effective leadership practices, both in general and in the readers’ specific communities. Leadership teams will learn to identify the ways their Christian communities are called to serve, articulate their community visions, involve others, and lead Christian transformation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781632694331
Publisher: Deep River Books Llc
Publication date: 02/23/2017
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Jim Gettel serves as the Canon for Congregational Life for the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan, helping ordained and lay Christian leaders to follow Jesus and lead loving communities that make a difference in the world.

As Jim helps other leaders, he draws on his own broad experience in entrepreneurship, organizational development, and leadership. In addition to church communities, he’s helped establish and lead Our Next Generation, a faith-based nonprofit that reaches inner-city children; two staffing companies with over 1,000 employees; an investment banking practice for Schenck M&A Solutions, one of the forty largest CPA and consulting firms in the country; and a commercial finance practice for Michael Best & Friedrich, one of the two hundred largest law firms in the country.

Jim received his BA in philosophy from Northwestern University in 1980 and went on to earn his JD and MBA from the University of Illinois in 1984. In addition to Where Jesus Leads, he has published two other books: The Fundamental Reform of Philosophy and God’s Love, Human Freedom, and Christian Faith.

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

Part 1 Following Jesus on the Way

1.1 Good News of God's Kingdom 21

1.2 The Way of Jesus 33

1.3 Following Jesus 41

1.4 Accepting God's Love 51

1.5 The Great Commission 61

Part 2 Sharing Christian Love

2.1 By Listening 73

2.2 By Healing and Forgiving 83

2.3 By Shepherding 89

2.4 By Serving 95

2.5 By Reconciling 103

2.6 The Great Commandment 113

Part 3 Becoming Disciples in Community

3.1 Helping People Experience the Way of Jesus 125

3.2 Helping People Connect to Community 137

3.3 Building Community through Small Groups and Ministry Teams 155

3.4 Helping People Act from Their Giftedness 171

3.5 Supporting Holistic Life in Community 185

Part 4 Leading with Jesus

4.1 Leading from Relationship with Jesus 199

4.2 Sharing Leadership 213

4.3 Guiding and Serving 231

4.4 Developing Followers and Leaders 245

4.5 Discerning God's Call to the Community 259

4.6 Working for Transformation 275

Conclusion: Follow Where Jesus Leads 299

Tools for Christian Leadership

A Responsibilities of Church Leadership Teams 305

B Mutual Ministry Reviews 307

C Leading Change in Church Communities: 10 Important Questions 317

D For Further Reading 323

Endnotes 329

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