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May 2018

by The Rev. Dr. Gene Orr / Grace M. Kelzer

 

Leading Jesus' Way by Mark Deterding

 
Do you hold a leadership position in your job/career? How about at church, in your community, or in your home? Do you wonder if you are following God’s plan for you in this role? In a book we recently read, Mark Deterding outlines a plan for being a successful and positive role model for those around you.
 
In Leading Jesus’ Way, Deterding uses Scripture, examples from those he’s encountered in leadership roles, and personal experience to lay out a plan for how to develop as a servant leader. Step-by-step, he walks you through the process of determining a vision, setting personal and work goals, creating positive energy in yourself and those around you, learning how to really connect with others, and building a team concept. Throughout all of the materials, Deterding relates the concepts to passages from the Bible, how Jesus dealt with others, and what it means to walk the walk, not just talk the talk.
 
We especially enjoyed this book and the introspective exercises used to assist us in determining our strengths, weaknesses, and the way we currently handle situations. Tips on how to improve ourselves and the interactions we have with those around us are also helpful.
 
Additional material is provided through Deterding’s website to supplement the reading materials. This book takes you on an inspiring journey and will apply to all parts of your life. We strongly encourage everyone to explore how we can begin Leading Jesus’ Way in our daily lives.
 
Remember, Jesus practiced what He preached about servant leadership. At the Last Supper it is reported that our Lord rose from the table and washed the disciples' feet. "When He had finished washing their feet, He put on His clothes and returned to His place. ‘Do you understand what I have done for you?’ He asked them.” (John 13:12) Do we understand? If so, go and do likewise! All praise to our Servant Lord!

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